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How to Choose Sup Paddles Choose Sup Paddles

Adjustable Paddles
Adjustable paddles have a shaft that can extend and lock in different lengths. If more than one person is going to use the paddle, then an adjustable shaft will suit you well. Adjustable paddles are perfect for families, lake houses, and demo fleets. Adjustable SUP paddles will be marginally heavier than the non-adjustable paddles.

Cut to length paddles.
The best paddle is one made to fit you. A custom length paddle is produced longer than you need and then cut in store and the grip glued into place. Our staff have been trained to fit the paddle for your heigt and then cut to the right size.

Paddles are divided into two main groups, paddles for surf and paddles for cruising/touring. A surf paddle has a larger surface area for extra leverage against the water. Surf paddles are great for bracing and can also be used for white water SUP and SUP racing. A cruising SUP paddle has a smaller surface area which puts less stress on the arms while paddling long distances. There are also mid-sized paddles which fit the widest range of paddlers and work well for both surfing and touring.

The most common grip for the top handle is the palm shape. When paddlers enter surf and white water they prefer a T-shaped grip that your fingers can wrap around so there is less risk of losing it in rough water. Some paddlers prefer a ball-shaped grip, but ultimately the grip shape you choose is just that— personal preference.

The bend just above the blade allows for a more efficient stroke. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the elbow of the bend points towards the rear of the SUP. This allows the blade to slip up out of the water at the end of the stroke as opposed to lifting water.


A bend in the shaft, as opposed to a straight shaft, allows for a more neutral wrist position while paddling. The neutral position puts less strain on the wrist, which is great for long trips. It is more costly to produce a bent shaft, but if you plan to spend a lot of time on the water it may be worth it.

Remember that for general stand up paddling, you should choose a paddle that is between 8-10 inches taller than you are. At EMS we have committed to only stocking high quality paddles that can be relied on to never leave you up the proverbial creek. Consider the best paddle you can afford; it may be expensive now, but it will put a smile on your face with every stroke you take on the water.

Post time: Apr-07-2022