There are three main considerations when looking for and selecting the right paddle to accompany your board.
1. First, you must decide on a material for your paddle. Which is another way of saying "Decide what you want to spend!" What your paddle is made of affects not only weight and durability (which directly impacts swing weight and paddle life), but dramatically impacts the price point as well.
Normally, the shaft and blade are where you’ll focus when researching the materials used. Our most economical SUP paddle, the Spark has an aluminum shaft and fiberglass reinforced resin blade. It’s a great choice for the beginner who is also looking for a lower price point. From there you can go to up to a carbon shaft and fiberglass-reinforced resin blade found in our Freedom paddle which offers a slightly lower swing weight while providing great durability.
If you're a really serious paddle boarder, check out our Challenge paddle. It comes with the full carbon shaft and carbon-reinforced proprietary resin blade for super-light swing weight. It also offers a choice of adjustable or fixed length shaft.
Looking for a SUP paddle, but have a soft spot for the beauty and performance of wood? If so, then you’ll want to check out our Balance and Amp wood SUP paddles which combine the natural beauty of a wood grip and blade with the strength and lightness of a carbon shaft.
2. With the price and material determined, next you’ll want to make sure you get the right length SUP paddle. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to select a paddle that is 8”-12” greater than your height. The ideal height can be determined by the type of SUP paddling you intend to do.
3. Lastly, does it look cool? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you’ll know beauty when you ‘be holdin’ one of the awesome SUP paddles from AquaBound or Bending Branches! Their Polynesian graphics really do make quite a statement on the water.
Of course, as always, if you still have questions about choosing the right paddle, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to help you. It’s all part of our world class customer service!