Stand up paddle board paddles vary in length, materials, weight, and blade size. Each component is important and can make your paddle experience more enjoyable. Read the following to help you make your decision to get the best paddle board paddle for your needs.
TYPES of PADDLEBOARD PADDLES
To start, there are two types of paddles, adjustable and non-adjustable. An adjustable paddle allows multiple users to use the same paddle and allows you to use one paddle for different water conditions. A non adjustable paddle is usually lighter in weight and offers better performance because the shaft has a more consistent flex. If the paddle is for one person, highly consider a non adjustable paddle.
SIZING PADDLEBOARD PADDLES
Your stand up paddle should extend about 6-10 inches above your head. We recommend your first paddle to be an adjustable length paddle because as you progress and paddle in different conditions, you'll find different lengths may work better for you. Then once you find the length you are comfortable with, you should purchase a non adjustable paddle.
PADDLEBOARD PADDLE WEIGHT and MATERIAL
The lighter the SUP paddle, the easier it is to use, the easier to handle, and you get less tired. Normally the lighter the paddle, the more expensive it gets because the paddle must be made with more expensive materials to achieve the weight loss. Aluminum paddles, while less expensive and durable, tend to be the heaviest of paddles. Fiberglass composites tend to be in the mid range of weight while carbon shafts and carbon blades tend to be the lightest. While sometimes the same, the shaft and blade are many times two seperate materials.
PADDLEBOARD PADDLE BLADE SIZE
A paddle board paddle has a bent blade which allows the paddle to be inserted and exit the water easily while delivering power. The blades also come in a variety of sizes. While a larger blade will grab more water, kids, youths, and women have a hard time pulling a large blade through the water giving them less control and they tire faster. A smaller blade size would be easier to pull through the water giving them more control and more endurance. A large blade works best for men and strong women. Keep in mind, the elbow in the blade should be pointed away from you. Just like your elbows.