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I read somewhere that the way to do it is to stand the paddle up next to you, and reach overhead. The paddle should reach to the tip of your fingertips. But that doesn't take into account the width of the kayak. Is that the best way to do it? Thanks.
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Canoe paddle or kayak paddle?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jun-18-13 1:10 PM (EST)
Your described method would result in a verrrrrrrrrry long single blade canoe paddle.
Crazy systems out there|
Posted by: jimyaker on Jun-18-13 2:43 PM (EST)
For kayak paddles..|
Posted by: countrygent on Jun-18-13 2:53 PM (EST)
this is a good starting place.
Posted by: suiram on Jun-18-13 3:05 PM (EST)
Two styles of paddling - Low Angle, High Angle, and In Between. I suppose that makes for three styles then. And then there are Traditional Folks. This is going nowhere fast.
Good points. But "shorter" or "longer" |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-18-13 5:40 PM (EST)
depends on who is giving the advice. I can use my 206 cm paddles very effectively on my Necky touring kayak. But I like those 206 cm paddles just as much for my ww kayaks, and some kayakers can't understand that.
Posted by: suiram on Jun-19-13 11:12 AM (EST)
At 5'9 I typically use 210 for touring boat, unless there are two many rocks around, then 194cm Sidekick comes out. But, I never used my 210cm for playboating - it is too fragile ;)
no hard and fast rules|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-19-13 10:36 AM (EST)
There are all sorts of charts and metrics suggestions but I think it all comes down to what feels right for you. I've bought paddles based on complex metrics (had a custom carved Greenland paddle made based on about 10 factors) and also ended up with a range of sizes that came with boats I bought used. I'm a short-armed, short waisted 5' 5" person who tends to paddle with a high angle in narrow-beamed sea kayaks. All the charts tend to say I should be using shorter paddles but I have tried them and settled on the lengths that I use now by trial and error. My favorite paddles range from 213 cm (the GP which I use with 21" wide boats) to 230 cm that I use for a 25" folding kayak and a 32" canoe bow position. My WW paddle is 205 cm.
Interesting. At 6' 5" and very long |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-19-13 11:31 AM (EST)
in the torso at that, I'm probably a head higher than you sitting in a ww kayak. And I'm using a 206 cm.
It may well be too long (the ww stick)|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-19-13 12:57 PM (EST)
It came with the boat -- but I don't do WW often nor at a challenging enough level that it really matters. And the stretches we paddle have long flatwater sections so the length is handy there.
You made a good point. |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-19-13 5:36 PM (EST)
Take all the advice about torso rotation. But with my torso length and broad shoulders, it takes relatively little rotation to move a 206 cm paddle through a proper arc.
I'm 6'4" and 200cm is about max for WW|
Posted by: Kocho on Jun-19-13 9:57 PM (EST)
Posted by: Brent on Jun-19-13 11:14 AM (EST)
We just ran an article on this in the newsletter last week:
Posted by: JimMcC on Jun-19-13 4:27 PM (EST)
The metric you describe ...|
Posted by: wetzool on Jun-19-13 7:00 PM (EST)
is one of the more common methods used to estimate the length of a Greenland paddle. That may be where you read about it. It's approximate and works as a rough guideline for some people.