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Why is it so difficult to get a decent paddle blade replacement?

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Created by gregjet Two weeks ago, 30 Dec 2020
gregjet
QLD, 58 posts
30 Dec 2020 6:23AM
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I have two carbon shafts that the paddles were destroyed on. I have found it almost impossible to find a replacement aftermarket blade to repair them. Net searches only give you whole paddles or boards no matter what you put in . I do get alibaba stuff but having burned by sellers from China on 3 occasions I don't buy through them any more especially since they stopped using Paypal.
Now I can make blades from scratch ( and have ) but not everyone can.
Starboard holds itself up as a bastion of environmental wonderfulness , but break a paddle part and you just have to chuck out the perfectly good bits. The other board and paddle manufacturers seem to be similar.

DiscoStupid
NSW, 87 posts
30 Dec 2020 8:58AM
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Kenalu paddles you can mix and match shafts, blades and handles. Not sure whether this is possible with any other brand?

burchas
73 posts
30 Dec 2020 6:34AM
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ZRE paddles will let you buy a blade alone. Super light (my last one was 4.3oz!) and strong I have 5 of those. Ships worldwide.
I've also have 3 Quickblades (blade and handles) Sold over the phone but they do sell the pieces.
Kenalu always sold separate pieces as far as I know, I have 2 blades sold separately.

I'm sure other will sell pieces as well if you give them a call.

paul.j
QLD, 3051 posts
30 Dec 2020 8:37AM
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We sell blades and shafts as separate parts when we have them all in stock. www.oneoceansportsaustralia.com/shop/xt-blade-only

gregjet
QLD, 58 posts
30 Dec 2020 1:57PM
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Thanks for those I will follow them up.
Paul J. Can you tell me the plug end diameter of the blade?

colas
4071 posts
30 Dec 2020 1:51PM
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gregjet said..
Net searches only give you whole paddles or boards no matter what you put in


You may want to directly contact the brands. A lot of them do not bother put the spare parts on their site, but they can sell them if you ask them.

DCeeSup
VIC, 22 posts
3 Jan 2021 6:53PM
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I have one of the One Sup blades that I just glued onto a spare shaft...... love it. Its now my go to paddle. Smaller blade but I prefer a smaller blade in surf.

Mark _australia
WA, 20157 posts
3 Jan 2021 11:21PM
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Repair? How bad are they?
Happy to have a look

Supnorte
228 posts
4 Jan 2021 2:57AM
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Black Project sells everything seperate (handle, blade and tube) and the assembly is with hot glue (a very good one they send with the paddle), so if there's any problem you can just replace that part.

gregjet
QLD, 58 posts
4 Jan 2021 6:16AM
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Supnorte said..
Black Project sells everything seperate (handle, blade and tube) and the assembly is with hot glue (a very good one they send with the paddle), so if there's any problem you can just replace that part.



Funny you should say that. I bought a 2017 Black Project paddle recently and was a bit iffy about buying a 3 year old paddle.
I drove 50km to go for a paddle and when I got out of the car I noticed the paddle was skew. I could grab the paddle and twist the blade relative to the handle ( with effort). Had to chuck in the days paddle ( not happy).
Got the paddle home and checked they were hot melt glue , to check the fixing process I neeeded. I have an industrial level hot melt glue gun, so I knew I could fix it.
When I heated up the junction, the hot melt glue in the joint can out at a ridiculously low temp ( I have a temperature controlled electric hot air blower). Was melting almost as soon as I hit it with the gun. Needless to say I removed ALL the glue before I put a hitemp/hi strength glue back.
Now I will say up front I LOVE the Black Project paddles. I have a 90(2020) and an 85sq" (2017) Hydros. They are my PB paddles. And I don't know if they are assembled in Aus, or US but if you had a 2017 I would be checking the junction.
The problem with buying BP bits from the US is not the blade price, but the freight!

Note I do not leave the paddle in the sun nor in the car.



gregjet
QLD, 58 posts
4 Jan 2021 8:48AM
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Mark _australia said..
Repair? How bad are they?
Happy to have a look


I can fix them if they are fixable ( I even make CF paddles ). I was hoping to save myself some trouble.
They both got crushed at the same time in my shed ( don't ask, it was not pretty)

Mark _australia
WA, 20157 posts
5 Jan 2021 6:02AM
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Oops read the whole post, Mark



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