What is the best SUP paddle? The best paddle is a fixed length light carbon paddle. Shaft that is as stiff as you are comfortable paddling with and blade size to match your cadence and power. Fixed carbon paddles are quite expensive and fragile so maybe not the best option for everyone especially if you are just starting and on a tight budget.
The difference between a good paddle and a bad one is huge. And believe me when i say it’s HUGE! A good and light paddle almost feels like it paddles by itself. The difference is a lot more noticeable than between a bad and good board.
So investing in a good paddle when starting out might be an investment that you don’t regret in the long run. Cheap inflatable board packages usually come with not that good paddles. With an paddle upgrade you can make paddling much more enjoyable.
In this article i will go thru what are the things you need to consider when buying an adjustable or fixed SUP paddle.
SUP Paddle Blade
SUP paddle blades come in different shapes, sizes and constructions. All of these variables have an effect on how the paddle feels.
Adjustable SUP Paddles
2 – Piece Adjustable SUP Paddles
3 – 4 Piece Adjustable SUP Paddles
These paddles are commonly known as travel paddles. When inflatable SUP boards came to the market they where soon followed by 3-piece paddles. You can disassemble the paddles in to three pieces. When disassembled the paddle fits in the same bag as your inflatable board.
Fixed SUP Paddles
How to determine what is the best SUP paddle length.