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Kayaking Paddles

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Finding the right kayak paddle is not that hard...

You simply need to determine the type of paddling you want to do whether it's flatwater kayaking to explore lakes, bays, slowing moving rivers, and the ocean or whitewater kayaking down fast moving whitewater river rapids. Then once you figured your type of paddling, you simply select a kayak paddle that fits your budget.

Select from one of the following kayak paddle options.

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Flatwater Kayaking Kayak Paddles:

Flatwater Kayak Paddles feature advanced blade designs that create a smooth and stable stroke to propel your kayak across the lake, ocean, or river. Many have the new Adjustable Ferrule Systems that allow you to adjust both the length and the feather angle of the blades. This feature makes sizing a piece of cake. These kayak paddles are made of either fiberglass or carbon fiber. We highly recommend carbon fiber paddles. Carbon is lighter weight but still achieves a high level of performance, durability and strength.

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Whitewater Kayak Paddles:

Whitewater Kayak paddles are more robust than other paddles. They're stronger, more durable, and made to take a beating. There are two types of whitewater paddles, one for all-around river running, and one for specific play or freestyle kayaking. We highly recommend you buy a bent shaft kayak paddle. Along with making rolling easier for you, a bent shaft allows your fingers to stay in full contact with the shaft while the wrist maintains a natural position. This increases control and reduces fatigue.

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More Things to Consider When Choosing A Kayak Paddle

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Although you can buy a cheap kayak paddle for less than $100, we highly recommend investing in a good quality, lightweight paddle. The kayak paddle is one of the most important pieces of equipment. It is what you'll use to move your boat from point A to point B. Consider buying a kayak paddle made of lightweight carbon fiber material. A kayak trip could require as many as 5,000 paddle strokes. Just a few ounces could save you a lot of energy when you factor in swing weight. We also recommend that you invest in a bent shaft. A bent shaft allows all four fingers to stay in full contact with the shaft while the wrist maintains a natural position. This increases your control while allowing you to reduce fatigue. After you choose a category (flatwater or whitewater), you will need to consider a couple things when selecting a specific kayak paddle.

Sizing: Once you narrow down your selection to a specific kayak paddle, simply click on the sizing chart on the product page to determine the correct length. In general, if you paddle a flatwater kayak you will need a longer paddle, usually between 220cm-230cm long. A longer kayak paddle gives more leverage in flatwater and allows the paddle to effectively reach the water, but it is usually unwieldy when trying to maneuver technical whitewater. Therefore whitewater kayak paddles are generally shorter than flatwater paddles and are sized by the person's height. They are usually between 191cm-197cm.

Blade shape: Kayak paddle blades can be long, short, narrow, wide, as well as symmetrical or asymmetrical . Each shape has its benefits. A wide blade with a larger blade surface can provide greater acceleration, but will also create more resistance in the water. It takes more effort to use a large-bladed paddle than a smaller one. This can be an important factor as flatwater kayaking is more about endurance than it is about speed. A long, narrow kayak blade will take more strokes to move through the same amount of water, but the paddler will be less tired while doing it.

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