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Race paddles

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Created by JonK82 23 days ago, 14 Jun 2020
JonK82
QLD, 26 posts
14 Jun 2020 9:52AM
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Hey guys

Im in the market for a new paddle, specifically for racing.
Wondering what others are using and find effective/efficient?

I'm 5'10 and 75kg. Using a 23" SB sprint for all flat water and 25" One Edge 2.0 for technical/surf. Current paddle is Starboard Enduro Arma medium 81sq inch. Just grabbed this at the time as it was affordable. Has great catch with nice grip of the water, no flutter at all.

Considering Blackfish Viento, Black Project Hydro, 2020 starboard Lima. There is a shop close to me selling a 2018 starboard Lima small for a great price, which I believe is 71sq inch. Don't know this would be too small??

As it's hard to demo paddles, I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations/tips on what to look for in a good race paddle.

Thanks in advance.

riverider
TAS, 993 posts
14 Jun 2020 4:29PM
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I'm no gun racer, but was using a starboard high aspect paddle, borrowed a mates Black Project Hydro for 50 metres and bought one that day, along with a couple of mates that tried it as well, we were blown away with how good it felt.

WaveScience
VIC, 114 posts
14 Jun 2020 8:50PM
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Starboard high aspect paddles are like Star Trek movies. Every second one is a stinker.

DaveSandan
VIC, 956 posts
14 Jun 2020 9:14PM
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Try a Ke Nalu Mana, full Carbon, very light, great catch and water entry, works for me.

mickeyb
NSW, 45 posts
15 Jun 2020 2:13PM
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I recently replaced my QB Trifecta with a Blackfish Viento. The BF is unreal. Slightly smaller blade size with perfect flex in the shaft makes it more forgiving on the shoulders. Heaps lighter than the QB also.

riverider
TAS, 993 posts
15 Jun 2020 2:56PM
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WaveScience said..
Starboard high aspect paddles are like Star Trek movies. Every second one is a stinker.


That's possibly why they were on sale for $150, you get what you pay for

JonK82
QLD, 26 posts
15 Jun 2020 6:19PM
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Thanks guys. Am able to head down to GC and grab a viento so that's a bonus. Also cheaper than QB and BJ.

Best regards,

Jon



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