Hi there @blissninny!

Exciting to hear that you are getting into paddling!  We offer a lot of expert advice on this topic. I would start by taking a look at this article which discusses various things to consider when purchasing a paddle. 

You might also be interested in some of the advice previously given by our Watersports experts in this conversation.

In the meantime, I will also tag some of our experts to see what advice they might add to the conversation based on the paddles that you are currently considering! @REI-JohnJ @REI-EthanS @REI-EricP 

Thanks again for reaching out and hopefully you’ll be on the water with everything you need soon!

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