What length kayak paddle should I get?

What length should kayak paddles be?

Kayak Paddle Sizing Guide

Kayak Width Under 23″ 28″ to 32″
Paddler Height Recommended Paddle Length
Under 5′ 200 cm 220 cm
5′ to 5’6″ 210 cm 230 cm
5’7″ to 6′ 220 cm 230 cm

Is it better to have a longer or shorter kayak paddle?

If you fall between two sizes, it’s generally better to go shorter. Either size would probably work, but you’ll save a few ounces with a shorter paddle. If you’re proportioned with a shorter torso, though, then the added reach will come in handy and you should go with the longer paddle.

What happens if your kayak paddle is too long?

When using a paddle that’s too short or too long, you‘ll end up over exerting yourself and working harder than necessary to build up speed and keep the kayak on track. If the length isn’t right, your hands will tend to move along the shaft, resulting in the development of blisters.

How do you measure for a paddle?

The best way to choose paddle length: On the water: Sit inside the canoe and measure the vertical distance from your nose to the waterline. This measurement should match the distance from a paddle’s grip to the throat, where the paddle shaft meets the blade.

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What size paddleboard do I need?

Guidelines for a beginner paddler / all-around SUP

Paddler Weight SUP Width SUP Length
Under 125 lbs (56kg) 31-32” 9’6″-10’9″
125-150 lbs (56-68 kg) 31-32” 9’6″-10’9″
150-175 lbs (68-79 kg) 31-33” 10’0″-12’6″
175-200 lbs (79 – 90 kg) 32-34” 10’0″-12’6″

Are kayak paddles measured tip to tip?

Paddles are sized by overall length: tip to grip (or tip to tip). However it is far more accurate to measure your correct size by using only the shaft (and grip in the case of canoe paddles), as the blade can vary greatly in length.

Is 240 cm paddle too long?

I’ve had some pretty toasty discussions regarding the proper paddle length for sea kayaks. Some suggest there is no reason to reach out beyond 220 cm, while others prefer the laid-back long stroke of a paddle at least 240 cm.

Why are whitewater paddles shorter?

Whitewater Kayak Paddles

The trend we’ve experienced over the past few years is toward using shorter paddle lengths. A shorter paddle allows for the high stroke rate used during whitewater paddling and is especially useful when playboating.