SUP Buying Tips: How to Choose a Paddle

SUP Buying Tips: How to Choose a Paddle

Erik from Carolina PaddleBoard Co. discusses a few key components of paddles that you may want to consider when choosing what Paddle to buy for Stand Up Paddleboarding. If you’re going to be a more recreational paddler, you may lean towards a fiberglass paddle, especially one that is adjustable. When going to race or ramp up your fitness, you’ll want a paddle that is light to reduce the wear and tear on your body. Lighter, carbon-fiber paddles also come with different blade shapes, sizes, and shaft-types. Some paddle blades emphasize the catch of the stroke, while others are more efficient through the power phase. Depending on existing injuries and strength, you’ll also want to choose the proper blade size. The current trend seems to be going smaller, with higher cadence strokes. The shafts are designed to have more or less flex, and again this is something that depends on your personal preference and your body. When it comes to surfing, we would likely show you a paddle with more flex to decrease the impact on the shoulder when carving in the waves, and also cut the length down so you have a quicker transfer when switching from frontside to backside. In all cases, you can be sure that if you call us at Carolina PaddleBoard Co., we will ask you plenty of questions, get to know you, and help you chose the right paddle! Don’t get overwhelmed, get educated!

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