SUP Paddle Choice
HOW DO THE PARTS OF A PADDLE EFFECT PERFORMANCE?
COMPONENTS OF A PADDLE
A paddle for stand up paddle boarding consist of three parts:
HOW LONG SHOULD MY PADDLE BE?
HEIGHT OF PADDLE
To maximise your performance and enjoyment on the water, you need to have the correct stand up paddle length/height for the type of paddling you decide to do.
Surf SUP paddles are usually between 6-8 inches above the paddlers height due to lower stance taken in surfing.
Flatwater SUP paddles are usually between 8-10 inches above the paddlers height for improved reach and power in each paddle stroke.
Racing SUP paddles are usually between 10-12 inches above the paddlers height for maximum reach and power in each paddle stroke for speed.
If you want to stand up paddle board in both the surf and on the flatwater, you can either buy two paddles or buy an adjustable.
WHAT SIZE PADDLE BLADE DO I NEED?
SIZE OF PADDLE BLADE
The size and shape of a blade has a big impact on the performance of a paddle for SUPing. The graphic below explains this visually.