Inflatable paddle board, also known as inflatable stand-up paddle boards (iSUPs), have gained popularity in recent years, and there are various races and events that feature inflatable surfboard. While inflatable SUPs may not typically participate in traditional surfboard races, they do have their own unique race events and competitions. Here are some notable races for inflatable surfboards:

The Red Paddle Co Dragon World Series: This event features teams of paddlers on giant inflatable SUP boards racing against each other. It’s a fun and social race with a festive atmosphere.

The APP World Tour: The Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) World Tour includes various events, some of which feature inflatable SUP races. These events take place in beautiful locations around the world.

The ICF Stand Up Paddling (SUP) World Championships: The International Canoe Federation (ICF) organizes World Championships for stand-up paddling, including inflatable SUP races. These events feature competitive racing in different categories.

Gorge Paddle Challenge: While not exclusive to inflatable SUPs, the Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon, often includes divisions for inflatables. It’s known for its downwind races and challenging conditions.

Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) Paddleboard World Championships: This event typically includes an inflatable division where paddlers race from the island of Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii. It’s one of the most challenging paddleboard races in the world.

Carolina Cup: The Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, is a major stand-up paddleboarding event that includes various races, some of which may have inflatable SUP divisions.

Pacific Paddle Games: This former event used to be a major international SUP race event, and it often featured various divisions, including inflatable SUP races. Although the event has been on hiatus in recent years, it could return in the future.

Keep in mind that event details and race divisions can change from year to year, so it’s essential to check the latest information and registration requirements for any race or event you’re interested in. Whether you’re a competitive paddler or just looking to have fun, inflatable SUP races provide opportunities to test your skills, challenge yourself, and enjoy the camaraderie of the paddleboarding community.

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