Folks been SUPing canoes for centuries. But long wooden paddles and raft guide paddles are heavy.
So I was thinking I might take advantage of the SUP thing a buy a nice light paddle to SUP my canoe.
So far all of the SUP paddles I've seen have the blade at an angle to the shaft. On a canoe paddle I'd call that a bent shaft paddle but I see SUP bent shafts are something else entirely.
So, can anybody point me to a nice light well made SUP paddle with the blade parallel with and centered on the shaft? A nice straight blade with no curve or dihedral would be even better.
Just 'cause I'm curious, is there a sound reason for the angled blade? Or is it just a relic left over from the outrigger paddles?
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Posted by: robcasey on Mar-18-12 6:59 PM (EST)
The angled blade gives you more reach. Reach is essential for speed and to keep the board planning. SUP style bent shafts do two things - protect one's wrists from tendinitis, and provide even more reach for a longer stroke.
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Posted by: paddlelite on Mar-20-12 9:00 AM (EST)
Good question as to why SUP paddle blades are canted, usually between 5 and 10 degrees. I don't think I've ever heard a satisfying explanation. Maybe it is for the same reason as for outrigger paddles, but I don't know that explanation either. If anyone would have the scoop, it would be Quickblade Paddles run by Jim Terrell, who was an Olympic canoeist.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-23-12 7:11 AM (EST)
bent shaft paddle rationale|
Posted by: GrantHerman on Jan-29-13 11:55 AM (EST)
This is in response to the paddler who is looking for a straight shaft SUP paddle to paddle his canoe while standing up.
oh, Tommy poles|
Posted by: daggermat on Jan-29-13 12:19 PM (EST)
and has way more than 1 of those, to be sure.
Posted by: mobrien on Feb-02-13 10:51 AM (EST)
They've got a straight SUP paddle as well.