The Beginner’s Guide to Paddle Construction

6th June 2019

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Finding the right paddle is almost as important as finding the right board, the best paddle for you will be comfortable for your style of paddling, your budget and your choice of SUP is important! The paddle should be comfortable, with the right grip and length for you to enjoy your time on the water. So let’s look at the different choices of paddle lengths and constructions with the help of our partner Swiss brand Fool Moon.

There are many constructions to choose from with paddles, each of them has benefits and limitations. For example Fool Moon has paddles in 3 different construction types. It can sometimes be difficult to find the perfect paddle, and then a mind boggling experience researching the construction type.  Then you will be ready to make the right choice for getting out on your SUP!

Paddle Construction 1: Plastic

Price: Low End

Plastic or PVC is an economical material, it can be easily moulded to make blades and grips. It is affordable but heavier than other materials. The benefits are that its durable, the paddles can withstand a few knocks making it ideal for beginners, the rental market and for SUP schools. These types of Paddle are constructed from a mix of fibreglass and plastic, making it ultra strong and very durable.

 

Paddle Construction 2: Fibreglass

Price: Mid End

Used for both shafts and blades, fibreglass is stiff, light, and provides a great balance between value and performance. These types of paddles are made from fibreglass which keeps it lightweight, often averaging around an impressive 660 grams. This kind of weight means the paddle will be light enough for you to use all day yet also strong enough to handle any conditions you get into! Making it a great paddle for intermediate paddlers, and those who want to advance in the sport!

Paddle Construction 3: Carbon Fibre 

Price: High End

Carbon fibre SUP paddles can suit every situation and paddler, from elite racer to a first time paddler. Carbon fibre is the lightest and strongest material used in paddles. Carbon fibre paddles are strong and light, allowing for the excellent performance and energy conservation, increasing your endurance and stamina on the water. These paddles are built for speed and manoeuvrability.

Most paddle suppliers have a range of full carbon paddles. Paddles made from full carbon will  often have a feather-light feeling, this is a big advantage for those who spend a lot of time on their SUP. But be aware carbon is fragile!

What your buy is basically a decision based on your paddle needs and budget!

So what ever your price range or activity now you know the inside information into buying the perfect paddle!

About the Author

Helen

SUP, OC1, V6, Surfski ... and field hockey coaching, Helen is a busy British mother of two who lives in Bretagne, Frace with a passion for all things Ocean. Helen runs Barrachou SUP, a SUP tour company specialized in excursions around Bretagne and Scotland.