Most Wings are Shorter Today
Posted by: clydehedlund on Oct-11-12 2:40 AM (EST)
Because the cockpit is deeper. In the past, when seats were higher, the paddle lengths were longer. For most paddlers, it wouldn't make a difference, so paddle with what's comfortable length for you. Unless you're racing downwind and every ride counts. So in order to not miss a ride trying to connect with other waves, you got to pick up the cadence in order to catapult ahead of the competition. A shorter paddle allows me to boost my cadence from 60 spm to 80+ real fast.
20 years ago, my favorite wing was a push button 2nd generation Flyte Mini Propeller paddle, which I'd set at 216cm for ocean racing and later adjust it longer to 222cm for the one mile flat water sprint to the finish line. Today, my stroke has changed and I now prefer my Onno large wing, set at 198cm, instead of my 210cm Epic, Fenn and Bennett mid-wing blades, as I paddle my deep seat Icon surfski.
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