I'm a newbie SUPer. I bought a used board 2 years ago and for various reasons haven't been able to get out much but my knee is getting better and I'm really looking forward to getting out more. The used paddle I bought with the board is rather heavy, being adjustable in length and having a plastic/nylon head. I'm looking to upgrade to a better and lighter paddle so am looking for the communities expertise and suggestions. My board is a solid board and not an inflatable as my instructor friend I bought it from told me they were better for doing yoga as the mats were thicker and easier on your knees if you fall. My planned use is yoga and just paddling around inland lakes. Guess I should say I'm a tall 5'11" (used to be 6' but am at that stage of life...) thin lanky lady with a 36 in inseam and arm length to match, and wear a men's size 11 shoe. In case that info helps.
I can figure out the correct length I think based on what feels right with my adjustable paddle and the size chart on the Werner paddle website, but if someone has some experience/suggestions for length, I'd be interested to hear. I'm 5'11" so I'm thinking about 80".
All my kayak paddles are small diameter shaft and I'll stick with that for my SUP.
It looks like for head size I have the choice of 85 or 95 sq in. Thoughts on which might be better?
All my kayak paddles are bent shaft and I really like those. I used to see bent shaft SUP paddles but am not seeing those anymore. Is there an advantage to them or do they really have no ergonomic value?
I'm not stuck on Werner, I just really like my Werner kayak paddles.
Thanks for your help!
Thanks for reaching out!
I have been paddling a 12' rigid board for almost 9 years now. Initially, I got a fixed length paddle, but as my family grew and we paddled more together we also added an adjustable to the mix to accomodate different sized paddlers. I have used both paddles, however, I prefer the fixed length paddle as it is lighter and feels better in my hands. I am 6' tall and use an 80" paddle. Both paddles have a blade size of 91 square inches so I can't speak to the difference there, however, I have never wanted for more power when I'm paddling. I'm a big guy with a big SUP and the 91 square inch blade works well for my needs. If I was paddling open water or fast rivers I might consider a paddle with a bigger blade, but I stick mostly to lakes and slow rivers so mine works great.
Hopefully this helps, thanks!
Thanks @REI-JohnJ . My board seems to be a few inches shy of 11 ft. Your comments tell me I'm on the right track. I'm going to have to get out a play more before I buy though I think. Paddles seem to be few and far between right now anyway. I was at a paddling shop yesterday and they said they hadn't seen a paddle shipment in quite a while and what they've been told to expect is way below what they usually sell.
You're welcome! Inventory is pretty hard to track down right now. In fact, it looks like we only have adjustable paddles available at the moment. Have fun out there!