What size paddle do I need for my kayak?

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.

Can kayak paddle be 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.

What size paddle do I need for a 12 foot kayak?

Recreational Kayak width of 26″ to 30″. These boats are generally 6-12 feet long. Touring Kayak width 22″ to 25″. These boats are typically 12-15 feet long.

Adult Whitewater Paddle Sizing Guide.

Paddler Height Paddle Length
5’8″ – 5’11” 196 cm
6’0″ – 6’3″ 198 cm
Over 6’3 200 cm

What size whitewater paddle do I need?

Paddles are conventionally measured in centimetres. In general, a paddle 196-200 cm in length is good for paddlers between 5’8″ and 6’1″. For paddlers between 5’3″ and 5’8″, a paddle 192-196 cm in length should work great. For paddlers taller than 6’1″, a paddle between 200 and 204 cm’s will be of ample length.

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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.