Inflatable Watercraft Sales Boom As Paddling Interest Soars in Pandemic


While COVID-19 cases continue to blow up in certain states, so, too, are sales for inflatable watercraft. Specifically, recreation buyers are also blowing up all and every type of paddle craft for much-needed outdoor R&R with responsible amounts of social distance.

Encompassing everything from standup paddleboards to rafts and inflatable kayaks (IKs), the rise mimics the last few months’ swell in bike, running shoe and camping gear sales, which caused supply chain shortages and wiped retailers’ shelves clean. The New York Times recently ran a story entitled “The New Panic Buys: Kayaks, Pools, Tents and Trampolines,” delving into those surging categories.

Add inflatable paddling goods to the list as well. Easy to rig, easy to store, blow-and-go boats and boards are selling through at astonishing rates as people pursue floating with the family…

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