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Created by CaptainJimbo 1 month ago, 4 Jan 2024
CaptainJimbo
160 posts
4 Jan 2024 11:43AM
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Morning SUP'ers, I've tried searching the archives but with little luck, so I'll post my questions instead: My sup paddle [Fanatic, bamboo shaft, 7.5" wide, 580cm squ area} is on its last legs. The Fanatic has been great but amate suggested I needed something with a bigger area. How do others feel about this, and, what brand/type would you recommend? I'm 76, reasonably fit, weigh 72kg, surf up to head height, probably good intermediate [and at my age, not likely to improve but I'm very happy where I'm at].
I've heard more area could lead to shoulder problems so I'm keen to avoid that. Also have some arthritis in a couple of fingers on each hand and use paddle wax to help with grip.
Thanks for any advice.
Jimbo

colas
4976 posts
4 Jan 2024 1:17PM
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At your age and especially you weight, you should not go for a wider or bigger blade, much too risky for your joints with no real performance gains.

Also, the smaller the blade, the smaller the swing weight, it makes quite a difference.

CaptainJimbo
160 posts
7 Jan 2024 9:44AM
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Thanks Colas. I thought a bigger blade might lead to shoulder problems.
Now to find a brand that will suit without a ridiculous price.
Cheers, Jimbo

Supster7
NSW, 35 posts
7 Jan 2024 4:25PM
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I have had no shoulder issues since going to a small blade. It is a bit like 1st gear on a bike so I need to paddle a lot faster to get on a wave but my shoulders thank me every session!

CaptainJimbo
160 posts
8 Jan 2024 10:46AM
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Supster7 said..
I have had no shoulder issues since going to a small blade. It is a bit like 1st gear on a bike so I need to paddle a lot faster to get on a wave but my shoulders thank me every session!


Yep. No issues at the moment but finding information on paddles is not that easy. I thought that KeNalu had a great reputation but I think they've gone out of business so my search goes on. Anyone with recommendations feel free to chime in, please.

DaveSandan
VIC, 1361 posts
8 Jan 2024 3:04PM
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VMG has a great paddle that comes with its own paddle bag, highly recommend it.

DaveSandan
VIC, 1361 posts
8 Jan 2024 3:21PM
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This is the VMG in action, I am only 4kg heavier than you and a few years younger, it's full carbon and very light and allows you to increase your stroke rate very easily.

CaptainJimbo
160 posts
10 Jan 2024 6:05AM
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Thanks mate. I'm checking their website now.
Cheers, Jimbo

razors
22 posts
14 Jan 2024 1:18PM
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hi Captain Jimbo i recently got a bamboo handle ,blade bamboo and fiberglass Sunova paddle . It is so good very light and strong , I am 71and find it a great paddle ,no tiredness from it at all .

supthecreek
2579 posts
14 Jan 2024 10:11PM
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75 years old, 107 kg
4 years ago, I switched to a 6.5" wide blade

My cadence and stroke improved immediately.
I am able to get up to speed much quicker and catch waves easier.

So easy on my shoulders, hands and back!
I would never go back to a wider blade.

CaptainJimbo
160 posts
17 Jan 2024 9:08AM
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supthecreek said..
75 years old, 107 kg
4 years ago, I switched to a 6.5" wide blade

My cadence and stroke improved immediately.
I am able to get up to speed much quicker and catch waves easier.

So easy on my shoulders, hands and back!
I would never go back to a wider blade.


Thanks for that Rick. You've sold me! Now I just have to research what manufacturers/sellers have decent quality paddles in that size.
I'll let you know.
Cheers, Jimbo

scsuperfrank
28 posts
17 Jan 2024 8:09PM
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CaptainJimbo said..

supthecreek said..
75 years old, 107 kg
4 years ago, I switched to a 6.5" wide blade

My cadence and stroke improved immediately.
I am able to get up to speed much quicker and catch waves easier.

So easy on my shoulders, hands and back!
I would never go back to a wider blade.



Thanks for that Rick. You've sold me! Now I just have to research what manufacturers/sellers have decent quality paddles in that size.
I'll let you know.
Cheers, Jimbo


I am 65 and 150 lbs. Had Medium sized blade paddle and then bought a Black Project size small blade with more flexible shaft. Great paddle in the surf and definitely easier on my back and shoulders.

CaptainJimbo
160 posts
18 Jan 2024 10:51AM
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scsuperfrank said..

CaptainJimbo said..


supthecreek said..
75 years old, 107 kg
4 years ago, I switched to a 6.5" wide blade

My cadence and stroke improved immediately.
I am able to get up to speed much quicker and catch waves easier.

So easy on my shoulders, hands and back!
I would never go back to a wider blade.




Thanks for that Rick. You've sold me! Now I just have to research what manufacturers/sellers have decent quality paddles in that size.
I'll let you know.
Cheers, Jimbo



I am 65 and 150 lbs. Had Medium sized blade paddle and then bought a Black Project size small blade with more flexible shaft. Great paddle in the surf and definitely easier on my back and shoulders.


Ta superfrank. I'll check them out today.
Cheers, Jimbo



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