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  Posted by: seadart on Apr-24-13 7:58 PM (EST)

You want to include information on the boat and kind of paddling you will be doing, flat water, ocean, surf etc.

Aquabound paddles are good inexpensive paddles. A light paddle that fits your hand well and lets you paddle efficiently is actually more important than the kayak. Spending an extra 25 -50 bucks would be a good investment. I would see if you could take a paddling class from a trained instructor and try out some different paddle lengths. I disagree that a beginner wants a long paddle, it just keeps you in the awkward beginner stage longer. I'm 5'8" and use a 197 for touring. If you have a little more money to spend look at Onno paddles. Also around kayak clubs it's easy to pick up a decent used paddle for not a lot of money.

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