How to Choose A Paddle Board Paddle
Helpful Advice On Choosing A SUP Paddle
Paddle board shoppers often spend a lot of time and effort researching what board to buy, but leave paddle selection as an afterthought. Spending a little more time on choosing a paddle is well worth it for a simple reason: Your paddle will affect your performance and your enjoyment of stand up paddleboarding as much as the board you are riding on.
The most frequently asked question we get is about paddle selection is What Size Paddle Board Paddle Should I Buy? The answer is simple: Most SUP paddles are adjustable for a wide range of rider heights, so you don’t generally need to worry about paddle length unless you are under 5 feet or well over 6 tall. Blade sizes for adult paddlers should ideally range from 85 to 95 square inches. A smaller blade leads to a faster paddling cadence, while a larger blade allows for slower but more powerful strokes.
So once basic sizing considerations are addressed, what’s the key to choosing a SUP paddle?
First, determine which of the basic type of paddle you can afford. Aluminum shaft paddles are cheap but heavy. Fiberglass paddles are lighter and more expensive than aluminum. 100% carbon paddles are the most expensive, but they are extremely lightweight and a joy to use. Once you have settled on the materials that fit your price range, you need to select a shaft configuration. The basic choices are fixed length (1 piece), adjustable length (2 pieces), or an adjustable length breakdown paddle (3 pieces) which can be taken apart to fit inthe bag with an inflatable paddle board.
Finally, you’ll want to consider some additional details of the paddle, including the blade size, adjusting system, and handle design.