THE STAND UP PADDLE :
How to choose the right SUP paddle?
An essential part of your stand up paddle equipment, don’t forget that the paddle is the engine of the stand up paddle board.
Therefore, the choice of paddle is very important according to your different practices. Numerous models, blade and handle shapes, materials as well as sizes and fastening systems are possible.
To row correctly and be efficient in the movement without hurting your back, the length of the paddle must be adapted to the size of the practitioner.
The objective is that every stroke of the paddle should be effective. To achieve this, the blade must be fully immersed to get the best possible performance.
If you touch the water with the tip of the paddle you will not be able to reach optimal speed and you risk being unbalanced.
On the other hand, a paddle that is too big will cause slow and tiring movements, especially in the action of bringing the paddle forward.
If the practitioner is stiff when rowing, then there is a good chance that his paddle is too big. Paddling involves using the whole upper torso and not just the arms, it is natural to have to bend forward when rowing to get more efficiency. The paddle is actually a third point of support on the water which balances your upper body and lightens the support of your legs on the board.
We detail in this article how to choose your SUP paddle and how to adapt it to your practice according to: the size adjustment and the materials used for the blade and handle.
We illustrate this article with our SROKA paddle range which we invite you to discover in detail in the accessory section of our website.
TWO POSSIBLE ROWING POSITIONS:
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PADDLE
HOW TO ADJUST YOUR PADDLE PROPERLY?
In general, the right paddle length is: your height + 15 cm.
But this becomes more complex depending on the thickness of the board. The thickness of the board adds up to our size. With a 12 cm thick board you can slightly reduce the length of the paddle. Conversely, with a 15 cm thick stand up paddle, the length of the paddle will need to be increased slightly. On a narrower board, the length of the paddle can be reduced slightly, whereas with a wide board, it will have to be increased slightly.
Finally, adjustments are necessary depending on the activity one wishes to do:
In surfing, the size of the paddle is reduced to be more manoeuvrable. The size of the paddle is the same as yours.
For all around : you should count + 15 cm in relation to your height. Paddle size = your size + 15 cm
For Race and and cardio, there is a tendency to reduce height to increase rowing frequency. The longer the paddle, the slower and more tiring but powerful the gesture. Paddle size = your size + between 15cm and 20cm
2 PART AND 3 PART PADDLE :
Easily adjustable, the 2-part and 3-part paddles will allow you to use it in groups, as each will be able to easily adjust the right length for their size. A 2 or 3 part paddle is a versatile paddle, it offers the possibility to do several sports activities while keeping the same paddle. You can simply modify its length according to the activity carried out whether it is in wave, race or cruising. In addition, multi-part paddles are a good option for easy travel.
FIX OR AJUSTABLE PADDLE :
- The SROKA Company fixed paddle has been designed for an optimal paddle with a lighter weight than the 2 and 3 part paddles and therefore a more interesting nervousness. This means that there is less energy loss with a fixed paddle during the train than with an adjustable paddle.
- The SROKA Company adjustable paddle is in this case a paddle with the possibility to modify the height according to the practice and the adjustable function allows to lend it to a friend without worrying about its size. On the other hand, the more parts you have (paddles 2 and 3 parts), the heavier your paddle will be.
CARBON OR ALUMINIUM HANDLE?
- Aluminium paddles are heavier but very strong. Their price is very attractive and will suit perfectly those who row only a few times a year. However, if you use it in winter, note that aluminum retains cold.
- Carbon paddles are the best paddles on the market in terms of quality. They are both light and strong. Depending on the models and the percentage of carbon : 100% carbon and 50% carbon, they will be more or less rigid. The flexibility of the carbon paddle is more nervous than that of the Aluminium paddle. In other words, if you want to row in a more sporty way and you go into the water regularly for a sporting practice, we recommend a carbon paddle for a more optimal paddle and especially for a product adapted to its practice.
PLASTIC OR COMPOSITE BLADE?
- The plastic blade is very strong, even unbreakable. It is the perfect compromise for the family. We have developed a children’s paddle with a plastic blade, which is particularly resistant and therefore suitable for their use.
- The composite (carbon) blade is lighter and more fragile but also more responsive. It is the ideal solution if you paddle regularly and wish to have the best sensations and the best performance for each paddling movement.
Note that the surface area of the blades is becoming smaller and smaller in order to make the effort less physical on the shoulders.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR PADDLE :
DO NOT FORGET TO RINSE YOUR PAGAY AFTER THE SESSION
The paddle is the engine of your paddle. Avoid leaving your carbon paddle exposed to high heat, for example in the car in the middle of summer: carbon paddles are sensitive to high heat. even if a paddle is relatively strong, carbon does not like impacts, so avoid dropping it. finally, note that if there is little risk of breakage with a plastic paddle, a carbon paddle is more fragile and requires special care.