OUR WATERSPORTS BRAND
Our watersports brand provides expert advice on your water-based activities.
You can choose a kayak paddle according to several criteria, for example…
1. HOW OFTEN YOU PRACTICE
We can break this down into two categories:
If you’re only venturing out onto the water every few months or a couple of times a year, choose an aluminium paddle. It’s shock resistant, which is handy because you’re more likely to bash it around a bit while you get back into the swing of things.
For regular kayakers, a fibre or carbon paddle is best. It’s lighter and will enhance your speed and performance – assuming you know what you’re doing.
2. PADDLE TYPE
Detachable or fixed paddles
1) First up in the detachable category we have four-piece paddles, which are very compact; they’ll slip into your kayak bag and take up very little space.
2) Alternatively, two-piece paddles are quite compact but more robust, making them the ideal compromise.
3) Fixed paddles are more robust but less compact. If you are a regular user, this paddle will have less play.
3. YOUR SIZE
To find the right size kayak paddle for you, simply hold your arm above your head with the bottom of the paddle on the floor – lean it against something if you want, but make sure it’s straight or get someone to hold it next to you. The paddle on the floor must reach your wrist (+10 cm for inflatable kayaks).