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2020 Fanatic Carbon 80 fixed Paddle

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Created by Scotchman72 Two weeks ago, 29 Jan 2020
Scotchman72
QLD, 119 posts
29 Jan 2020 9:14PM
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hi all just wondering if anyone has feedback on fanatic Paddles
currently have a 85 Naish carbon adjustable paddle that holds water :)
wondering if a fixed Fanatic carbon would be better option and at what size 6 or 7.25inch

cheers

Scotchman72
QLD, 119 posts
29 Jan 2020 10:01PM
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Scotchman72 said..
hi all just wondering if anyone has feedback on fanatic Paddles
currently have a 85 Naish carbon adjustable paddle that holds water :)
wondering if a fixed Fanatic carbon would be better option and at what size 6 or 7.25inch

cheers


surely someone has some thoughts hahahaha:)

colas
3646 posts
29 Jan 2020 8:25PM
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Scotchman72 said..
wondering if a fixed Fanatic carbon would be better option and at what size 6 or 7.25inch


Any fixed paddle will be better than an adjustable.

Adjustable paddles are very nice for some use, and even some pro use them in contests (Bernd Roediger), but as with all mechanical moving parts, they will become looser with use and develop leaks.

Kela
36 posts
30 Jan 2020 5:47AM
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Currently in a similar situation. I use a fanatic carbon adjustable paddle. I am so used to using it that when I have tried a few different ones it has really affected my surfing! Just the feel and paddling onto a wave felt different so I keep going back to the old one, even though it is definitely time for a change!

Nugdam
QLD, 379 posts
30 Jan 2020 8:38AM
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I've had two carbon 80s and they both broke after a short amount of time. One I had for about 6 months and the other one about 2 weeks.

I am using kenalu xtuf shaft and they seem bullet proof. Well worth spending that little bit extra in my opinion.

Scotchman72
QLD, 119 posts
30 Jan 2020 10:04PM
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colas said..

Scotchman72 said..
wondering if a fixed Fanatic carbon would be better option and at what size 6 or 7.25inch



Any fixed paddle will be better than an adjustable.

Adjustable paddles are very nice for some use, and even some pro use them in contests (Bernd Roediger), but as with all mechanical moving parts, they will become looser with use and develop leaks.


Agree mate it was alright for a few yrs now leaks heaps :(

Scotchman72
QLD, 119 posts
30 Jan 2020 10:05PM
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Kela said..
Currently in a similar situation. I use a fanatic carbon adjustable paddle. I am so used to using it that when I have tried a few different ones it has really affected my surfing! Just the feel and paddling onto a wave felt different so I keep going back to the old one, even though it is definitely time for a change!


i know that feeling mate even putting up with the extra weight now as mine naish paddle fills with water hahaha

Scotchman72
QLD, 119 posts
30 Jan 2020 10:07PM
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Nugdam said..
I've had two carbon 80s and they both broke after a short amount of time. One I had for about 6 months and the other one about 2 weeks.

I am using kenalu xtuf shaft and they seem bullet proof. Well worth spending that little bit extra in my opinion.


hey Nugdam
thanks for the feeback mate u might have save me some cash i was thinking about the kenalu xtuf what would be the blade size equivalent
to the Nash 85 ? do they have good flex

Nugdam
QLD, 379 posts
31 Jan 2020 6:38AM
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Hi mate, if you email kenalu Australia they are super helpful and responsive.

The xtuf shafts have great flex. I went with the 84 ho'oloa blade as I didn't want a super strong catch as I was having shoulder aches due to previous injuries. The wiki 84 blade is a very popular choice for surf with it's great catch and I think the mana is popular as well. But like I say shoot them an email and they'll answer any questions.

Scotchman72
QLD, 119 posts
31 Jan 2020 9:57PM
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Nugdam said..
Hi mate, if you email kenalu Australia they are super helpful and responsive.

The xtuf shafts have great flex. I went with the 84 ho'oloa blade as I didn't want a super strong catch as I was having shoulder aches due to previous injuries. The wiki 84 blade is a very popular choice for surf with it's great catch and I think the mana is popular as well. But like I say shoot them an email and they'll answer any questions.


thanks Nugdam great feedback mate cheers

MarkW81
VIC, 64 posts
1 Feb 2020 7:42AM
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One option is to use a hot glue gun to seal your current paddle. You could even remove the mechanism and then tape the join. I did this and it was a cheap way of getting a fixed paddle and still allows adjustment if needed (just heat up the glue with a heat gun/hair dryer).

Tauro2
NSW, 2 posts
1 Feb 2020 9:49AM
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I have a Blue Planet carbon adjustable. It gets some water in it but only after a long session. It has a clamp style mechanizm I can tighten when it becomes loose. Emptying the water and rinsing it out has never been as issue I just thought that's part of SUP surfing.

SJKJ
NSW, 82 posts
3 Feb 2020 1:13PM
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I started out paddling with a Fanatic adjustable paddle (35% carbon), which suited me at the time getting into the sport. The great thing was that over time I was able to dial in the length to suit my paddling style and biomechanics. The paddle kept watertight but there was the occasional slip between the two pieces.

After 2 years I upgraded to a fixed Fanatic paddle (100% carbon, 7.25", 90 sq in, the smallest blade at the time). The difference was astounding in terms of ease of effort, weight, flex, catch and feel in the water (no cavitation). I've had that paddle for five years now and it doesn't owe me anything. It's been a great investment and build quality has been outstanding.

But things move on and I wanted a smaller, lighter paddle that suits the kind of racing I do, so I've just changed over to a new Starboard Lima paddle (82.5 sq in, slightly smaller than the Fanatic 6.25" at 86 sq in). It's markedly lighter than the Fanatic and the catch is amazing - makes a hero of you with every stroke. The smaller blade than my old Fanatic allows a slightly faster cadence, but I haven't seen a drop in power. The one gimmick that doesn't impress is the Connor Baxter "choke stroke" at the top of shaft, which adds friction, just where I want it to be smooth for the side-to-side transition. That aside, I'm pretty excited with it.

But back to the original question Scotchman, I wouldn't hesitate in moving from adjustable to fixed.

Scotchman72
QLD, 119 posts
3 Feb 2020 10:29PM
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SJKJ said..
I started out paddling with a Fanatic adjustable paddle (35% carbon), which suited me at the time getting into the sport. The great thing was that over time I was able to dial in the length to suit my paddling style and biomechanics. The paddle kept watertight but there was the occasional slip between the two pieces.

After 2 years I upgraded to a fixed Fanatic paddle (100% carbon, 7.25", 90 sq in, the smallest blade at the time). The difference was astounding in terms of ease of effort, weight, flex, catch and feel in the water (no cavitation). I've had that paddle for five years now and it doesn't owe me anything. It's been a great investment and build quality has been outstanding.

But things move on and I wanted a smaller, lighter paddle that suits the kind of racing I do, so I've just changed over to a new Starboard Lima paddle (82.5 sq in, slightly smaller than the Fanatic 6.25" at 86 sq in). It's markedly lighter than the Fanatic and the catch is amazing - makes a hero of you with every stroke. The smaller blade than my old Fanatic allows a slightly faster cadence, but I haven't seen a drop in power. The one gimmick that doesn't impress is the Connor Baxter "choke stroke" at the top of shaft, which adds friction, just where I want it to be smooth for the side-to-side transition. That aside, I'm pretty excited with it.

But back to the original question Scotchman, I wouldn't hesitate in moving from adjustable to fixed.


thanks SJKJ great feedback mate

Scotchman72
QLD, 119 posts
3 Feb 2020 10:30PM
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MarkW81 said..
One option is to use a hot glue gun to seal your current paddle. You could even remove the mechanism and then tape the join. I did this and it was a cheap way of getting a fixed paddle and still allows adjustment if needed (just heat up the glue with a heat gun/hair dryer).


hey Mark now that is inventive i might give it a go until i sort out a new paddle :)



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