Simply put, the best SUP paddle is the paddle that makes the workout easiest. To further explain that one, we must define what the "task" is with regard to owning and using your SUP. If it is your own SUP and you spend a lot of time touring the local flat waters, it is wise to opt for a carbon paddle with the right blade angle and surface, resulting in an efficient and powerful stroke. If you share the SUP with large and small family members, you probably want something that is adjustable and durable. If you like to sit in the waves, special paddles have been designed to provide the stability, balance and directional control you need. Depending on your SUP ability, style and goals, the right paddle can really improve the SUP experience.
Factors in choosing the right SUP Paddle
As you will read below, paddle shafts and blades are made of different materials. The most common materials are:
Higher performance and lightweight. Carbon paddles have a fixed or adjustable variant. But if you really want to save on weight and you invest in carbon for a start, the fixed version is the best choice. The disadvantage is that carbon is an expensive raw material.
Often used in the shaft as a more economical alternative. Aluminum is very versatile and it works well with plastic, polycarbonate and fiberglass.
Usually the entire paddle is made of wood for a classic look and a lighter design. This is in line with the long tradition and history of stand up paddle boarding. These can cost a little more, but can also be very performance-oriented and attractive on the water (or as a decoration). For example, Fanatic has carbon paddles with a bamboo leaf. Super beautiful!
Often applied to more affordable paddles. A plastic top is usually linked to an aluminum shaft and is often supplied in the complete sup sets.
Versatile, lightweight material used in the shaft and blade. Fiberglass is your "go-to" material if you have a small budget for your material, but want something more than aluminum.
Length of the SUP Paddle
Do you opt for a fixed length or adjustable. If the paddle is for your own use and you are not taking it into the plane then the fixed length is your choice. The length of the paddle is easy to determine. For supping in the waves you take your body height + 20 cm, for all-round supping + 23 cm and for racing + 26 cm. If you travel a lot, we have paddles that can be stored in two or even three parts. When you have to saw off your paddle, it is wise to first check to see if you like the length, so that you can then shorten your paddle until you are satisfied. Only then do you have to glue your handle. Until then you fix it with tape.
Size of the Sup Paddle
Your physical build largely determines your choice of magazine. A light person or women will supplement with a smaller leaf than large strong men. In all cases it is useful to know that supping with a too large leaf requires problems. In addition to rapid acidification of the muscles, you also run a high risk of sports injuries. If you make long, powerful strokes then a larger blade is handy, if you are a racer with a high-stroke ferocity then you use a smaller blade. If you are a waver, you choose a larger blade so that you are quickly on the wave with relatively few strokes. All-rounders use a medium-sized leaf.
- A leaf size of 525 square cm is a fairly common size for an all-round paddle.
- If you are tall and strong, consider a 550 square cm leaf.
- Women often use a 475 square cm sheet.
- Use a 575 square cm leaf in the waves.