Real kayak padel fitting ?

-- Last Updated: Apr-16-06 8:34 PM EST --

I go with all the charts and fit tables , but I still wonder. With seat heights and angle of the stroke / height of my hands.
I have a Werner paddle " kinda touring paddle " But with a high angle close to the boat say under 10", the whole paddle is submerged to the black paint where it meets the shaft. I get a bit of a bubble swirl under water off the upper tip of the blade. I am 6'6" ,22" width hull . 230 cm paddle , high - steep angle .
It seems fine ,no fatigue ,most charts end at 6'3" and over ( as in who cares ).

Anyone have a rule of thumb ?.

Sounds Like
You have it right. The shaft end of the blade should be just at or under the surface of the water when you are paddling with your normal stroke.


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Paddles (?)
I paddle mostly with friends that are intermediate paddlers, and there’s a wide range of paddle designs, and prices, within our little group. Prices paid range from $39 to $280. I seem to be the cheapo, with my $39 Dick’s paddle, and a Aqua-Bound that came with one of my used kayaks.

The wife and I were paddling Lake James yesterday, crossing the lake to head up the Catawba River. She was in our Perception Monarch, I was in the Tsunami 145. The perception has always felt a tad bit faster to me (with the $39 paddle) but harder to keep on track unless the skeg was down. The wife has less paddletime than myself, and she was having trouble keeping up with me, while I thought I was really taking it easy. This was partly due to the wind, so she dropped the skeg, which helped, then we switched paddles. The paddle made the difference! I don’t know much about paddles, or paddle design, but the el-cheapo, (a Voyager by Carlisle) that got her going is rigid “plastic”, more “cupped” and larger blades than the other paddle (Seaclude by Aqua-Bound) which has a slightly smaller blade, and looks more streamlined with alot less “cup” but still rather stiff.

After seeing the difference that the paddle switch made…I’m inclined to research paddles a bit more, and maybe come down from the “cheap seats” :slight_smile:

We paddle lakes and slow rivers, and assuming that boat type should also come into play when choosing a paddle, we have the Perception (15’), and a Necky Looksha (14’) which are very similar, and the Tsunami 145, which tracks better, but slightly more difficult to turn.

Is there a particular blade design that should be “best” for our needs. Length should be the same as we are roughly the same size, both of us have long arms, and the boats are 21"-23" wide.


I agree with Mark
but would like to throw out that you might like to try a wing paddle if you get a chance.

With your high angle stroke it sounds like it would be a natural for you.

Most racers use them, but there is a big guy on the forum (Swedge) that uses one regularly like a touring paddle.

Swege, hopefully you won’t mind my mentioning your name, since I am not taking it in vain!



If you want to try…
my Epic touring or wing, or Nanci’s ONNO wing, give us a shout and we can meet you down there.

We also have a bunch of others and can bring them all.

We will be heading down tomorow for a training paddle.

Some of us don’t have to work any more - ahem!



Thanks Jack
I’ll be back down sometime saturday. A friend is buying my Pungo 120 and we’ll be paddling up the North Fork of the Catawba a little ways so he can try it out.

Have you been up the main branch of the Catawba?

Paddle sizing
Thanks for all the replies , who makes a winged paddle.

See Above : )

Onno paddles

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I took a look at the website ,looks good .It looks like From the phone number they are 15 miles away from my house.They must be busy or out of town.

There are several manufacturers
that make them.

Epic has one that is called the “length lock”

that is good since it allows you to alter the lenth and feather of the paddle.

ONNO might chime in here. He also makes them and was or is trying to line up a adjustable ferulle one.