Stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) are becoming increasingly popular and require a dedicated paddle to ensure the best experience. Paddle length is essential when selecting a SUP paddle - the wrong length can make paddling more difficult and uncomfortable. When choosing a size, consider your height, body type, ability level, intended activity and overall paddling style.
SUP paddles are typically made of either carbon or aluminium, each providing unique benefits. Carbon paddles tend to be more lightweight, reducing fatigue and making them easier to handle in the water. Carbon also provides a more efficient power transfer from your body to the paddle blade - providing an effortless experience on the water. Carbon paddles are often more expensive than aluminium but offer superior performance and longevity.
Aluminium paddles tend to be heavier than carbon models, whereas carbon paddles make them a better choice for those looking for improved power behind their strokes. The main benefit of aluminium is its affordability - making it an excellent option for beginners.
For those looking for maximum versatility, adjustable SUP paddles are available. These models can be adjusted to find the optimal length for any user or situation, enabling you to easily switch between different heights, body types and activities. Adjustable SUP paddles are made of aluminium and offer good value for money. You can buy carbon paddles which are a little more expensive but give an effortless feel.
Purchasing the correct SUP paddle can significantly impact your overall paddling experience. Consider your height, body type, ability level and activity when selecting a size, and choose either Carbon, bamboo or Aluminum depending on performance needs and budget. With the right paddle, you will have an effortless time out on the water with your SUP board! Why not come in and talk to us at Boardworx? You can handle different paddles to feel the differences.