OK, I bought an Epic V8 Surfski and a Wing Paddle...I am 6'0 tall and the Epic Ski is 22" wide...what length should I use for the adjustable paddle (210 - 220cm) and what angle should I feather it? Also, the foot brace in my Ski is adjustable and I am not sure how long my legs should be stretched out...I feel more comfortable when they are stretched far as possible, but I notice in some videos many people have their knees a little higher. Thankyou in advance for any advice!
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Legs bent a bit|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Jun-03-13 9:08 AM (EST)
I'm 6' and my surf ski is 19" wide. I set my wing paddle at 210, but am getting a new wing that will go from 205 to 215. This will be my third wing, but this one is a bit shorter than the others and has small blades.
Paddles and skis|
Posted by: cliffrnatp on Jun-03-13 12:08 PM (EST)
Posted by: poleplant on Jun-03-13 1:52 PM (EST)
So Andy, is the change to smaller blades for a faster turnover or shoulder problems. I am considering a similar move.
Faster turnover primarily|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Jun-03-13 4:14 PM (EST)
use the paddle wizard|
Posted by: nickjc on Jun-03-13 3:05 PM (EST)
Experiment Experiment Experiment|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Jun-03-13 5:29 PM (EST)
Start out at 220cm and at 40 degree feather. As you gain experience, you'll eventually settle at around 214 - 216cm length and 60 degree feather. Later, you'll get a narrower ski, and as your stroke becomes more efficient drop the length to around 210 - 212 and go as high as 70 to 85 degrees feather to get a more even vertical stroke on both sides. But this doesn't happen overnight, for it takes lots and lots of practice. So please be patient. I, at 6 ft., personally use a large Onno Wing blade set at 202 cm length with 80 degree feather. My first ski was a 17 inch wide Chalupski, which I loved to paddle using my 230cm long Werner San Juan paddle set at 90 degrees feather before switching over to a 1st. generation Flyte Descente wing paddle that was 223 cm long set at 75 degree feather. You got an adjustable paddle, so please go experiment, for every paddler is unique.
Feather isn't just for wind|
Posted by: alan_gage on Jun-03-13 10:20 PM (EST)
While a feathered paddle does help cut through the wind the biggest benefit of the feather is setting up the paddle correctly for each stroke. Too much feather used to hurt my wrists because I had to twist the paddle a bit to get it in position each stroke. Then I started to really work on my stroke and found I wasn't even close to doing it correctly. I thought I had torso rotation but was wrong. As my stroke and rotation got better I started dialing up the feather and it turned out all those guys that teach paddling were right. A higher feather sets the blades up perfectly if you have good torso rotation.
Posted by: radiomix on Jun-04-13 6:06 AM (EST)
I'm taller and often paddle a wider boat and I have a 208-218. I most paddle 213. Shorter is better for a more vertical stroke.