Thursday, April 12, 2012

Choosing A Whitewater Paddle


By: Ken Whiting
This article is about how to choose the right paddle for kayaking down whitewater. The most logical reason to choose a paddle is that you should choose a paddle that feels good. Ways to figure this out is to know your height and size. This should determine the length of the paddle and the stronger you are the larger the paddle blades should be so you can grab as much water as you can. Using a paddle that is too long or large can make you lose control and put unwanted stress on your body so calculating your height, strength ect. is very important. Paddle for the most part are measured by centimeters, they come in a variety of different materials ranging from aluminum, plastic, fiberglass and of course carbon fiber. Staying away from buying aluminum paddles would be a smart choice because of how non durable it is. You should start off by buying a cheap paddle first and then move up to buying a more expensive/better paddle as you know more knowledge about which kind of paddle you like or don't like.

This article was very interesting and informative. I learned a lot from this article and will definitely use these types of techniques when choosing a paddle for when I will start whitewater kayaking.

By: Will J.M
Source:, From Kens book: “The Ultimate Guide to Whitewater Kayaking”

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