The people behind Red Original are a combination of paddlers, surfers, cyclists, windsurfers, waterskiiers and swimmers; some are ex-pro, and some still instruct and compete in their spare time. With decades of experience between us we all share a passion for getting out there as much as we love creating uncompromising outdoor kit.
Catherine - Brand
Catherine gets involved with everything to do with the Red Original. She’s always had a love of the water whether it be waterskiing, messing around on boats, or diving, and now as a mum, enjoys the family friendly aspect of SUP. She loves the no-fuss waterproof deck bag for keeping everyone happy with dry kit at the end of the day.
Luke - Marketing
Luke has been involved with watersports since an early age growing up on the Isle of Wight and stints as a windsurfing instructor during his university summer holidays working for a range of active holiday companies around the Med. After a few years working for the Met Office, the lure of the sandy feet industry proved too great and he has been a staple of the Red marketing team since 2012. Luke loves to get out for an early morning SUP surf when not doing the nursery run and occasionally sports a black eye in the office following weekend rugby games (we think he needs to work on his tackling technique!).
John - CEO
John started out as a professional windsurfer competing on the PWA world tour. Crowned as British Windsurfing Champion in 2007 and British SUP Racing Champion in 2008 John was keen to take everything he had learned from his sports career and transfer it to business. John saw an opportunity to create an inflatable board that offered an authentic paddling experience. Inflatable boards at the time were fragile bendy beach toys – something needed to change. John set up Red Paddle Co and set out on his mission to change the way we interact with the sport. Red Paddle Co has now become the leading light in inflatable board innovation and quality. Outside of Red, John enjoys exploring the coastline around his home by SUP with his family and racing his Enduro dirtbike (or at least just staying upright on it!).
Lewis - Design
Lewis is a passionate designer for Red Original. Building the best products possible without causing avoidable harm to our environment is what fuels his day. When he's not developing awesome kit, you'll find him surfing his local breaks, exploring our world in his trusty VW T4 Rio or enjoying a tasty pint of Devonshire cider. The Red Original Cool bags often help him fulfil his hobbies simultaneously.
Katie – Design
Katie is one of the newer members of the Red team. She enjoys paddleboarding along with other water sports, sometimes she takes her dog on her adventures with her too. Her favourite Red Original Product is the Dry Pouch as she admits she likes to take a picture or two while out on the water!
Christine – Logisitics
Chris has been with Red since 2009 and has enjoyed seeing it expand and grow in to the amazing company it is today. When not renovating her house, she is passionate about Pilates and Paddleboarding; and at the weekends can often be found on her Sport on one of the local estuaries. She thinks nothing can beat being out on the water in the evening sun, particularly on a Monday evening paddle club night with friends.