This board will shock you. The way it can carve and move on a wave will shock. You will be shocked that it is an inflatable. Nimble and stable it makes a great board for those learning to surf and has moves an advanced paddle will enjoy.
Your face will hurt... From smiling
From the first minute I stepped on the IRS, I couldn't stop smiling. I am new to river surfing, and had been surfing with my whitewater board which is 9' 8". Some river snobs said you can surf a wave with any board, and that I was wasting my money on this board. Happy to say, that no I did not waste my money, and when I get this on a wave it's an animal. When I surf my whitewater board I need a lot more volume of water, and it is so much less responsive, it feels like a being on a huge barge in comparison to the IRS. I will literally try surfing anything on a river with this board. It was a bit more challenging to jump on it at first because I was used to the stability of my whitewater board, but after three or four hours I got used to it. Get it on a wave and it's like being in a sports car. It also handles like a champ running downriver thru class II's and III's . I haven't had time to try it on anything bigger but I have no doubt it will handle anything you throw at it. It's lightweight and easy to carry. I have four other inflatable SUP's and this is my favorite by far. If you like river surfing, do yourself a favor and get on this board.
You won't find a better River Surfer
I really can't put into words how great this board is. I was struggling to catch waves with the board I had. First time out on the IRS and I was surfing. not just surfing but surfing well enough to where it look like I knew what I was doing. I'm absolutely hooked on Badfish products and will be a repeat customer.