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Blade size question

Discussion started by chris jones 2 years ago
Hi all, I'm still rather new to SUP ( n so I need to get a new one.

I did have a KM Hawaii full carbon fiber paddle (http://www.saltlakesurf.com/products-page/stand-up-paddle-boarding/km-performance-paddle/)

I can't find much information regarding the blade size. Mine was an 8" whale blade and pretty much all the ones I find have either a wider or narrower blade width. Will it really make much of a difference if I go larger or smaller?

My sup'ing is 75/25 (river / ocean). I've seen a few full carbon's on eBay going for approx 130-180...haven't really heard of the brand (surfcore) and would like some other opinions on this.

I'm assuming it's you get what you pay for? thanks!

-chris
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Brian Smart
Brian Smart
Hey Chris - I'm a little late to the thread, but here's what I can tell you about my experience. I picked up a friends ZRE paddle two summers ago and used it for our local little races. I didn't have a board, but used this time to learn and demo as many boards as I could. I really didn't think a paddle would make that much difference. Finally this spring I was able to snatch up a 14' Bark Dominator. I"ve raced, trained and 'toured' (meaning cruising) that board all summer. Still with the ZRE.

I started watching my friends during the local weekly fun races and saw how they had a higher turn over rate on stroke. So, I started talking to them, doing some research, and it does seem that most of the top racers, locally and on the larger scene do use a smaller blade to get a higher stroke rate. (Granted, there still is technique involved, but still....)

I tried several paddles; Kialoa, Werner, and Quick Blade. I finally bought a Quick Blade "Kanaha" about two weeks ago, just before a long local race. The blade size is a "90" and I had a few good training sessions on it before the main race. (Side note - the ZRE I think is a bit lighter, but the blade looks like a shoe box, very square, so a larger surface area. Solid paddle, but was torqueing my shoulder. I believe I was trying to get a higher stroke rate, but moving to much water with the larger size.)

On race day the wind was HUGE. I say that because of surface area of the paddle. I KNOW that the smaller blade was very helpful to me in these conditions. I was able to get a higher stroke rate with this paddle and didn't feel like I was getting any 'blow back' due to wind. (Again, feathering the paddle helps reduce this, so good technique is key) Sometimes I did notice a little flutter in the water, but I think I'm still getting used to it. I'm pretty stoked on my choice, and while not the lightest of the QB lineup, it will be a good paddle for racing/training. I've delegated my ZRE as my surf paddle and loaner paddle. Hope this helps.

Cheers and good luck.
2 years ago
julie templeton
julie templeton
I would be interested to hear how blade size makes a difference as well. I had heard it didn't matter, but I'm not sure I believe that. I just got a Kialoa Pupu adjustable. I believe the blade is a bit more narrow than what I was using, and paddling seems much more smooth, and seems to take less effort for a powerful stroke. I would imagine this could also be the blade angle. I am a casual paddler and SUP yogi. Small frame, 5'2, 125 lbs. And by the way, so far I'm happy with the Kialoa, I am also new to SUP and wanted to figure out what size paddle I was comfortable with, and also in the event I take someone else out, I knew it would be good to have an adjustable.
2 years ago
chris jones
chris jones
Thanks Erin! :)

I just realized my post was cut for some reason... the first sentence was supposed to say "...new to SUP (less than 1 yr) and my paddle was stolen so I need to get a new one.)
2 years ago
Erin Blunt Robbins
Erin Blunt Robbins
Hey Chris, I recently heard a couple of experts talking about blade size. I'll drop them a line and see if they can get back to you. ;-)
2 years ago

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