Okay I have been out Kayaking for some time now. I am a very strong paddler…I mean very strong as I am a weight lifter and can handle paddling hard. I paddle pretty much nonstop for 3 hours sometimes…I have to paddle fast and pretty much non stop if I really want to get moving…I use 2 forms of paddling even rotating my torso.
These past 2 Weeks I have been going out into the Lake and where I am located we have plenty of fronts that come through. No problem I just paddle through it against waves/winds and all.
Here is my problem…my current paddle is not strong enough to push my 240 pound body around as fast as I would like and I can actually see the paddle itself flutter and make creaking noises once I really crank it in the Lake…it makes me nervous. I am a high paddler but my current paddle (Aquabound Sting Ray Hybrid) is just too small to handle the power I push into it. The length of 230cm is perfect but again the paddle just does not have the power needed for me and I have to paddle way to much to move the way I want to.
I am thinking of purchasing the larger “Manta Ray” carbon paddle from Aquabound as the paddles are larger and supposedly add more torque per stroke for heavier paddlers like myself who love venturing out into the Lake even when the winds pick up a bit…man talk about a nice rush of endorphins being out there in the Lake with waves crashing all around ya with my spray skirt on. I love it. I even jump some waves…lean back on the way down a high wave and put my Jackson Journey14 right through another wave. This is a great kayak for this kind of stuff.
Even on calm waters I still need something with more torque…will the “Manta Ray Carbon” paddle make that much of a difference? I hope so because again even on calmer waters I really have to do plenty of paddling to get myself moving…and again I am 240 pounds kayaking in a Jackson Journey 14…not the lightest kayak in the World but still I would think a bigger paddle would make a difference.
So again I need a paddle with MUCH more TORQUE for BOTH CALM and ROUGH WATERS. Sorry for the caps I am just trying to stress how serious I am about needing this extra torque. I hope the “Manta Ray Carbon” paddle is enough to make this difference I really do not want to spend more than $200.00
One great thing from all this paddling is I am becoming extremely ripped in my arms forearms and even abs…but no Kayaker should have to paddle as hard and fast as I do just to get moving decently…
Thanks in advance.