Selecting the correct paddle is nearly as important as selecting the right stand up paddle board. With many different materials, styles, and sizes it can be a little tough to decide which one is best for you. Let us take you through the paddle options to make picking your paddle as fun as using your paddle!
ADJUSTABLE VS NON-ADJUSTABLE SUP PADDLES
When looking at a paddle, picking if you want your paddle to be adjustable or non-adjustable (often called fixed or 1 Piece) is the first decision to make.
By far the most popular paddle style is adjustable. The great thing about adjustable paddles is that with an adjustable handle height, the fit of the paddle can be customized to fit any sized paddler. This is ideal if you will be sharing the paddle with others, or if you paddle in different conditions. For example, many prefer a shortly length paddle in surf, and a longer paddle in flat water. Having an adjustable paddle allows you to quickly adjust the length of your paddle to perfectly suit the conditions, or the paddler. Adjustable paddles generally come in a variety of materials from alloy to all carbon, which will explore in greater detail further below.
Adjustable Paddles are ideal for:
- Paddlers who want to be able to customize the height of their paddle.
- Those that will share their paddle with others. A example would be a family of 6 that are all different heights.
- SUP’ers that want to use one paddle for a variety of different conditions or SUP disciplines (ie touring and surf).
- Those just starting the sport and may not know what length paddle they prefer.