SAN CLEMENTE, California - Choosing the correct paddle is one of the most important things to keep in mind when looking for a paddle. In this step by step instructional video, SIC Global Athlete breaks down the process by explaining how a paddler's height and weight play a role in determining how to choose a paddle. Check it out:
How to Choose Blade Size
Two things that make up a blade size is 1. the width of the blade and 2. the length of the blade. A bigger blade is going to allow you to feel the catch of the water, and for beginner paddlers, that is probably the most important thing to feel. Another way to size up your blade size is depending on your strength and weight. For a lighter paddler, around 165lbs or lighter you'll probably want to choose a paddle with an 80" size blade. For a bit heavier of a paddler, a 90" blade should work perfectly for you and if you feel like you're strong enough and big enough to pull a big blade through the water, there is also a 100" square inch blade.
How to Choose Paddle Length
When choosing a paddle you want to make sure that your paddle is long enough to catch the water without bending too much at your hips and at your knees. In order to find a length that should work for you, stand up straight next to your paddle, raise your arm straight and the top of the paddle should be at your wrist. Check out the video tutorial below to see video demonstrations more.
In summary, the right paddle for you is going to be what is most comfortable for you. So before going out and buying a new paddle, try and test as many paddles as you can with differing blade sizes and lengths and make sure you know exactly what you want before committing to your purchase.
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