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atcha_product_1atcha_product_2Hala Atcha 9’6″

Hala Atcha 9’6″

5 out of 5 based on 24 customer ratings
(24 customer reviews)


Larger Whitewater / Downriver Playboard

9’6″€ x 36″ x 6″€

Hit your line as you stomp whitewater on a stable board that is playful by nature. The Atcha, the original board that defined whitewater inflatable SUPs, is perfect to play your way down a whitewater descent.

It’s a great fit for larger paddlers and those looking for more stability. Catch steeper waves and navigate the river in a whole new way. It’s the best downriver plus “surf on the fly” board ever made, brought to you by the company that is leading the charge in whitewater SUP and inflatable technology. Like the price? Good.

After obsessive prototyping, the 2017 Atcha finally satisfies our desire to make the best even better.

  • Core Construction™
  • Responsive Board Shape
  • Full Rocker
  • 6 Soft Rigging Points
  • 2 Cloth Side Handles
  • Sharp Outline Swallowtail
  • Bottom D-Ring For Towing
  • Diamond Groove 4mm EVA Deck Pad
  • 1.5” Raised Stomp Pad
  • 4 Removable Gummy Side Bite Click Fins
  • Patent Pending Stompbox™ Retractable Fin Built In
  • Backcountry Rolling Backpack
  • Industry-leading 3-Year Warranty




Paddle the revamped 2017 Atcha, updated from the board that won the
2016 SUP Connect Gear of the Year award.

“Just when I thought this board couldn’t get any better… it did! The changes in the shape have made this board more stable without sacrificing any of the mobility.” Davide Sartoni

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Product Description

A design so good, we had to make two!

The 9’6 Atcha is perfect for those seeking more stability in a responsive and sporty design while also offering a good platform for larger riders. Just like the 86, the Atcha is designed to intuitively correct itself when your line is thrown. How? The center of control is condensed by a unique outline and precise balance point.

The full rocker gives you punchy playtime without nose diving. And with one simple step, sharp lines of the swallowtail have you surfing from the back. Bring along gear without compromising performance with our 6 rigging points that are now soft and centralized and give you the choice of gear location. And your run can go undisturbed with the Hala patent pending retractable Stompbox™retractable fin.

This board is full of design surprises to make your adventure better.

Board Tech Details – We’re obsessed to deliver the best!


Full Rocker 
The full rocker curves from tip-to-tail and combines with the 9’6 platform to make this board punchy in whitewater and playful for surf on the fly. And it is ridiculously responsive regardless of where you stand on the board. Punch big holes, surf smaller pockets, and hop eddy fences like a pro. Learn more about Hala’s rockers.
Core Construction™
These board can take a serious beating and you can keep on cruising with our burly Double-Layer Drop Stitch material. How do we make our boards so rugged? A second layer of thick, liquid PVC is poured over the raw drop stitch material for the best abrasion resistance available. Burly material for a burly board on your burly adventure. Learn more about Hala’s board construction.

Larger Board Size
The 9’6 provides a solid platform in a playful design, perfect for larger riders and those wanting more stability. Learn more about Hala’s board sizes.
Unique Outline
This gives you one precise center of control when combined with the rocker. The outline tapers from the nose to the widepoint, allowing for reduced leverage on the front of your board. Smaller shoulders create more directional control and prevent you from pearling. And the tail steps down aggressively so the board stays agile and easy to sink and rise — no “tank ass”! Learn more about Hala’s outlines.

Precise Balance Point
A board that intuitively corrects itself. The widest point of the outline, near the back, meets the rocker’s natural balance point for an exact center of control. It makes the board extremely responsive and allows you to surf the tail with one quick, easy step back.

Sharp Outline Swallowtail
Gives you two balance points in the tail, instead of one, so the board resists tipping and gives a bit of more bite to your turns while surfing from the back. Learn more about Hala’s Shapes. Learn more about Hala’s outlines.

Patent Pending Stompbox™ Retractable Fin
No more supermanning off your board! The fin retracts into the board upon contact with unanticipated rocks for an undisturbed run, allowing you to paddle the shallowest rivers and creekiest lines, year round. See the Stompbox™ in action here.
6 Soft & Centralized Rigging Points
Rig your gear closer to you on the deck pad for heavier loads or choose to place lighter loads near the front.
Soft rigging gives you the durability of our triple reinforced metal d-rings without knuckle busting.
Centralized rigging moves the rigging point closer to the deck pad and can be safer due to reduced space between rigging straps and loaded gear.

D-Ring Rigging Point Under The Nose
Tow your board from the D-Ring rigging point located under the nose. This pushes the force and weight up to make towing easier and faster.

Leash D-Ring
A triple-reinforced D-ring is located on the back of the board to attach your leash onto. But remember, using a leash properly requires knowledge and attention.

2 Side Cloth Handles
Quickly grab your board and get back on when you swim.

Foot index
Located just before the stomp pad is raised EVA on your deck pad. It is a small, centralized rectangle so you can easily step your foot back to the center of the board without ever taking your eyes off the water.

Stomp Pad
A 1.5” stomp pad allows for precise control and maneuverability of your board.

Travel-Ready Board
A board that can go anywhere, this board packs up and rolls out with you. Combined with our Grafik Travel Paddle, you’ll have the ultimate, portable setup for adventure.

3-Year Warranty
The best in the business. We’re confident about the capability and durability of our boards. That’s why we’re willing to back it with an industry-leading 3-year warranty. We’ve got your back!
Designed in Steamboat Springs, CO
All of our products are designed right here in the Yampa Valley. To learn more about the Hala Headquarters and our awesome employees check out our page.

Additional Information


Atcha – Stompbox™


9’6” | 291 CM


36” | 91 CM


6” | 15 CM


30 lbs / 13.6 kg


335 L

Best for

Whitewater / Downriver Playboard

Drop Stitch

Double-Layer Drop Stitch

Stiffening Tech

PVC Stringer

Center fin

4″ Retractable StompFin™

Side Bite Fins

4x – 4.5″ Side Bite Click Fins


Soft & Centralized

Deck Pad

Diamond Groove

Stomp Pad + Foot Index

Stomp Pad + Foot Index


Backcountry Rolling Backpack










3 Year Warranty

Rider Capacity

Up to 350 LB | 159 KG

What's In The Bag?

24 reviews for Hala Atcha 9’6″

  1. 5 out of 5


    When you pick up the Hala Atcha, you know it’s different. First, off it’s heavy. Not in a ‘this-is-a-pain-in-the-butt-heavy,’ but in a ‘this-thing-could-take-anything-you-could-throw-at-it’ heavy. The high-quality PVC combined with the burliest drop stitch on the market is obviously made by river folk for river folk because river folk play hard. The fins are even rubberized so you can paddle your favorite shallow water runs without worrying about wrecking your keels. Wrap it around a rock, throw it in the back of a truck, leave it in the sun and it’ll keep on kicking. Second, Hala inflatable’s have river-specific rocker lines. The Atcha has rocker from tip to tail, which allows paddlers to be aggressive punching through waves and provided us a great success rate in rapids. The upturned-tail allowed us to know where our back foot was without looking, which is key when every second counts on the river. If whitewater isn’t your thing-or if you need to stretch out your rio-weary muscles-the Atcha moonlights as a great yoga board. At 36 inches wide, 6 inches thick and with a full-length deck pad, it’s a yogi’s dream. Plus, you don’t even need a rack on your car. A board for mountain couples to fight over.

  2. 5 out of 5


    The Atcha is the best board I’ve ever ridden. It is amazing in difficult whitewater. Very stable and the rocker helps punch through large holes. Its also a great board to learn how to surf river waves on!

    I also love doing SUP yoga and the Hala Atcha is a great stable platform to do yoga on!

    Love and definitely recommend getting this board!

  3. 5 out of 5


    The Atcha is my favorite Hala board. It’s versatility makes it perfect for SUP Yoga and paddling rapids. The deck pad is nice and grippy and at 36 inches wide it’s a roomy floating yoga mat. The Atcha is super stable in whitewater and speeds up the learning curve considerably with its rocker shape. The Atcha has never let me down. Love it!

  4. 5 out of 5


    Absolutely LOVE the Hala Atcha! It’s crazy how compact and stable this board is. The deck pad has such a great grip, but is still so comfy on bare feet. Not to mention that awesome flip towards the back that makes pivot turns gravy.

    Because it’s so easy to travel with, I took the ATCHA with me to Chile last October. I’m so comfortable on this board, I was doing handstands on glacial water in 50 degrees. Halas are the best out there–they got the inflatable market on lock! #halaback

  5. 5 out of 5


    First of all I LOVE this board!
    I started whitewater SUPing about two years ago and the HALA Atcha has dramatically improved my whitewater performance. Its shape makes the board super stable in big noisy water and yet easy to maneuver and steer around obstacles. The aggressive rocker makes it easier to punch through holes and big waves. The burly construction is key for withstanding the rigors of river paddling, and yet the board is light enough to allows efficient portaging and/or approaches. I prefer the stomp-box and removable side fins version which I have on my Atcha. This feature provides versatility for managing different river flows, water depths, and activities. When I river surf I replace the standard side fins for a pair of low-pro river fins. I recommend the HALA Atcha to anyone getting into river SUPing or wishing to step their game up to the next level.

    PS: this board is also great for those out there that like to practice Yoga on a paddleboard.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Love this board ! Last season a bunch of us were the first to SUP the Zambezi. It was here that I first got a taste of the Atcha and I absolutely fell in love. It tackled the Zambezi big water well with its rocker profile and good stable base. The ability to change fins as needed also made a big difference. The hike in and out of the gorge is also a killer and nothing but the tough survive…..including gear and the Atcha did more than just survive it. I highly recommend this board.

  7. 5 out of 5


    I had an opportunity to the demo the redesigned 2017 Atcha 9-6, and just when I thought this board couldn’t get any better… it did! The changes in the shape have made this board more stable without sacrificing any of the mobility. I love the attention to detail with the new features as well: wider nose, tow d-ring below the nose, relocation of the gear loops to provide less of an entanglement hazard, addition of the side handles… and the Stomp Box still rules!

  8. 5 out of 5


    Changed river running for me using this board. The narrowing nose allows for easy switches if you are not using skegs (low river conditions with loads of rocks) and the rocker makes such a difference getting over holes and waves. The Atcha makes running hard water easy and is at home with low level creeks to big volume stuff.

  9. 5 out of 5


    This board is the ideal whitewater board for any type of river out there. It is stable in rapids yet provides responsive feedback on tight narrow and quirky rivers like the Cache la Poudre in my neck of the woods. The Atcha is a great board to learn how to surf waves in but also doubles as a great yoga board for those peaceful tranquil waters. Because it’s smaller than some of Hala’s larger boards, it’s perfect for teaching paddleboarding to my 4 year old.

  10. 5 out of 5


    The Atcha 9-6 is a great board for the river. The new front end and added rocker profile to the nose make it a downriver surf machine. I have recently taken the Atcha down some tight creeks and was very impressed with how quick the board responds when you need to make a quick move. The stompbox and clickfin setup make it a easy to run a shallow river or creek without super manning off the front. If you are looking for the all around downriver board I would definitely consider the Atcha.

  11. 5 out of 5


    Love this Board!!!. I stepped up last year from the Hoss to the Atcha and then this year to the newly improved Atcha. So fun on the rivers, easy to maneuver, but still stable enough for an intermediate level river runner. Works well for teaching SUP YOGA also.

  12. 5 out of 5


    This board was my gateway into whitewater SUP. It is super stable, cuts a great line down the river, and can maneuver responsively. The Stompbox is a great addition that allows you to extend your paddle season into low water territory. In addition to being a great downriver board and entry surfing board, its also a great yoga board. I would highly recommend this board for anyone just getting into whitewater SUP or for anyone looking for a bombproof board that performs in any type of whitewater.

  13. 5 out of 5


    This is by far my favorite board. It is lightweight yet strong. It is stable enough to withstand class 3 waters, practice handstands, yoga, and acrobatics. I have paddled to glaciers in Alaska, to the bioluminescent bay in Vieques, down rivers in New Zealand, and on an expeditions in Hong Kong. Hala Atcha can easy carry two people with two butterknife paddles, basically transforming it into an adventure boat.

  14. 5 out of 5


    River surfed the Atcha in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina. Great stable board for going down white water and surfing. If your looking for the Best all around river board this is it.

    • :

      Hi Rafael, sounds like a fun trip! Glad that you enjoyed the Atcha. Check out our River HS paddle as well for future river trips:

      Thanks again for the feedback! Happy paddling!


  15. 5 out of 5


    I think the Atcha is one of the boards ever designed. It’s stable but you can have fun playing with it. I have taken it through some class IV water and it’s amazing. It’s also great for people who are starting out because it does most of the work for you. I can’t wait to take it on the Mighty Zambezi.
    By the way, I love the Hala bags. Whoever came up with a backpack with wheels for your paddleboard, good job.

  16. 5 out of 5


    I teach SUP Yoga, and this board has it all. It is stable, and perfect for myself and students. The bonus of this over any other board out there is that Hala makes superior boards. You can multi task this baby by taking it out on the ocean, on the river, and of course the lake for SUP Yoga. The real kicker is the bag and paddle. Being able to easily store all your gear together either for off season, or when you travel is a game changer. Thanks to this board I have gotten to SUP easily in Mexico, Colorado, Hawaii and Italy. It may be pricey, but all worth it!!!

  17. 5 out of 5


    Thank you Hala Gear! I continue to improve my whitewater skills and confidence on this champion ! If the day brings aggressive white water ~ I bring the Atcha 9’6”!

  18. 5 out of 5


    I just got me a new Hala Atcha and I am STOKED! I first paddled this board on Shoshone and at Glenwood and loved the older model but now that I have the new model I’m even more excited. It punches holes like no other board I’ve paddled and sets an edge beautifully. Sliding and S-turning in and out of eddies is almost too easy! It speeds up well for big hits and is remarkably stable. Did I mention it surfs well too? It is my go-to small/mushy wave crusher. Love this board. Get this board.

  19. 5 out of 5



  20. 5 out of 5


    Inflatable playground in a bag!
    I have been wanting to get a paddleboard for a while, but put it off because the bulkiness of storing the solid ones. Finally I got to play on one of these with Sam, Racquel and Tom of YogaSlackers on an alpine lake and it was ridiculously fun. Inflates relatively easy, super stable, and is pretty quick moving especially if you have the combination paddle (Butter knife). I got mine and have been taking it out in the marina and a little bit of open ocean. Been doing some partner acrobatics on it with friends, paddling around at sunset, and it even floated fine with two other people and myself. I am looking forward to doing some paddle in camping, playing on rivers among other things. I will have to update the review once I try surfing some waves on it.

  21. 5 out of 5


    Rugged, nimble, versatile
    This board does it all. It’s wide enough for yoga moves if that’s your thing, and it’s responsive enough to take on busy whitewater. The Atcha was a game-changer for me for river SUP. I’d been boarding for a few years, but as soon as I jumped on it, I was able to maneuver around rocks, through little side channels, catching micro-eddies and little waves on the fly. It’s ridiculously fun, made for messing around on the river.

  22. 5 out of 5


    The Hala Atacha 96 is was my first Hala Board, and I love it for big water. I’m a smaller paddler, so I like the 86 for creekier stuff and river surfing. But the 96 is amazing anytime I get into bigger water on the Potomac, New, or Gauley! The new design tweaks are impressive! The cloth handles are helpful when you need to grab the board if you bail on a rowdy rapid. The rocker is incredible for both punching through hydraulics and fitting on river waves. The board is wide enough to be stable, but designed to gain enough speed to help break through sizable holes. The stombpox is a lifesaver whenever you happen upon a rock you didn’t know was there!

  23. 5 out of 5


    Best board ever. I am only 15 and I worked all summer to get it. I go on the colorado river a lot in the summer so it’ll be very good money spent. Thank you for making this possible for me

  24. 5 out of 5


    The best downriver whitewater board on the market. They are built to last. I’m on the third season with mine, not a single issue. My home river is a shallow sharp rocky river that would destroy a lesser board. The confidence that comes with the stability of this board will help you have more fun by cleaning more rapids.,

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