To row properly and be effective in the movement without back pain, the length of the paddle should be adapted to the height of the practitioner.
The goal is to make each paddle strokes count. To reach this performance, the blade must be fully immersed in the water.
Touching the water with the end of the paddle won’t be enough and therefore, won’t make you reach an optimal speed.
Additionally, a paddle that is too big will cause slow movements, especially while bringing the paddle forward. If the practitioner is straight as the letter i while paddling then there is a good chance that his paddle is too big for him. Rowing with a paddle involves using all the top of the bust and not just the arms.
HOW TO ADJUST YOUR PADDLE?
Most of the time we can say that the right length of the paddle = your height + 15 cm.
But sometimes it goes a little more complex depending on the thickness of the board you use: with a 12cm thick board it’s better to slightly reduce the length of the paddle, while with a 15cm thick stand up paddle, it’s better to slightly increase it. Similarly, on a narrower board, you can slightly reduce the length of the paddle while with a wide board, increase it a bit.
Additionally, adjustments are needed depending on the activity you do: In surfing, we reduce the size of the paddle to be more maneuvering. In the ballad, we add + 15 cm. In race and cardio, there is a tendency to reduce the size to increase the race frequencies. The longer the paddle is, the more you have to get up to bring the paddle back to you.
FIX OR ADJUSTABLE PADDLE?
1 PART OR FIX PADDLE
Unlike the 2 and 3 parts paddle which can take water and sand and need to be emptied/cleaned, the fixed paddle has easier maintenance. Additionally, it is lighter than a 2 and/or 3 parts paddle, and therefore more nervous.
2-3 PARTS OR ADJUSTABLE PADDLE
Easily adjustable, 2 parts and 3 parts paddles are great because you can share them, everyone is able to adjust the right length adapted to its height. for this reason, the 2 or 3 parts paddle is a versatile paddle which offers the opportunity to do several sports while keeping the same paddle. Just adjust the length depending on the activity you do: surf, race, ballad.
CARBON OR ALUMINIUM HANDLE?
Aluminum paddles are heavier but very strong. Their price is very attractive and it’s the perfect deal for those who only row a few times a year. However, if you use it in winter, note that aluminum retains the cold.
Carbon paddles are the best paddles on the market in terms of quality. They are both light and strong. Depending on the model and the percentage of carbon: 100% carbon, 50% carbon and 30% carbon, they will be more or less rigid.
PLASTIC OR CARBON BLADE?
The plastic blade is very strong and unbreakable. It’s the perfect deal for families. We have developed a child paddle with a plastic blade, particularly resistant and therefore adapted to their careless use.
The composite blade (carbon) is lighter and more fragile but also more nervous. This is the ideal solution if you paddle regularly.
Note that the surface of the blades is reduced more and more to release the pressure on the shoulders and make the physical effort easier.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PADDLE?
The paddle is the engine of your stand up paddle. You really need to pay attention to it. Avoid leaving your carbon paddle exposed to hot temperatures, for instance in the car in summer: carbon paddles are sensitive to high temperatures. Even though a paddle is quite solid, carbon does not like impacts, so avoid dropping it. Last but not least, note that while the risk to break a plastic blade is small, a carbon blade is more fragile and requires a special attention, so do not use it to make sand pies with your children;)