Saturday, June 15, 2024

Best Paddle Length for Stand-Up Paddleboarding | Blue Planet Surf

In today's video, we dive into the best paddle length for your stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) needs. Key Topics Covered: All-Around Paddle Length: Ideal for entry-level paddlers using bigger boards in flat water. Suggested length: Around 10 inches above your head. Advanced Paddle Length: Slightly shorter paddles for better control and reduced shoulder strain. Methods: Wrist watch level and Shaka sign method (6-8 inches above head). Application-Specific Lengths: Racing: Shorter paddle for low-volume boards and dugouts. Surfing: Very short paddles (head high or lower) for quick maneuverability. Personal Preferences: Factors like board size, paddling style, and blade size affect optimal paddle length. Avoiding Injuries: Proper paddle length to prevent shoulder and lower back strain. Blade Size Considerations: Smaller blades for efficiency and better catch versus larger blades for more power. In this informative video, Robert Stehlik from Blue Planet Surf offers a detailed guide on selecting the best paddle length for stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Understanding the right paddle length is essential for comfort, efficiency, and preventing injuries. The video covers three methods to determine the correct paddle length, variations for different SUP activities, and the differences between adjustable and fixed-length paddles. Choosing the Right Paddle Length All-Around Use For entry-level paddlers using bigger boards in flat water, a longer paddle is often recommended. Robert suggests a length where the paddle reaches about 10 inches above the head when standing upright. This length is suitable for casual, upright paddling on larger boards. Advanced Paddling As paddlers gain experience, they might prefer a shorter paddle. Shorter paddles reduce shoulder strain by keeping the arm lower, allowing for more powerful and controlled strokes. Wrist Watch Method: The paddle should reach the wrist watch level when standing. Shaka Sign Method: Using the Hawaiian Shaka sign over the head, adjust the paddle to be about 6-8 inches above the head. Application-Specific Lengths Racing and Low-Volume Boards For racing and using low-volume boards or dugouts, a shorter paddle is recommended. Since these boards keep the paddler closer to the water, a shorter paddle provides better leverage and efficiency. Surfing For stand-up paddle surfing, even shorter paddles are preferred. Advanced SUP surfers often use paddles that are head-high or even lower, such as forehead or eye level. This shorter length allows for quick transitions from side to side and provides more maneuverability and power during takeoffs. However, beginners might find shorter paddles challenging as they require more leaning and can strain the lower back. An alternative method: placing the paddle upside down and adjusting the length so the neck of the blade is at face height. This ensures the blade is fully submerged during paddling, keeping the handle ergonomically positioned. It's crucial to avoid having the elbow above the shoulder, as this can cause injuries. Blade Size and Preferences Choosing the right paddle length is personal, and paddlers should experiment to find what works best for them. Preferences may vary depending on paddling style, board size, and blade size. Smaller blades offer quicker acceleration and efficiency, while larger blades provide more power but can be cumbersome if not fully utilized. Injury Prevention Ensuring the correct paddle length helps prevent shoulder and lower back injuries. Using a paddle that's too long can place undue pressure on the shoulders, while a paddle that's too short may cause the paddler to lean excessively, straining the lower back. Search Keywords Best paddle length for SUP, Stand-up paddleboard paddle length, How to choose SUP paddle length, Adjustable vs. fixed-length paddle, Paddle length for beginners, Advanced paddleboarding tips, SUP paddle length guide, Paddleboarding shoulder injury prevention, Optimal paddle length for surfing, Efficient paddling techniques, Blue Planet Surf paddleboarding tips, Stand-up paddleboarding for beginners, SUP paddle adjustment methods, SUP paddle blade size, Preventing paddleboarding injuries, Paddleboard gear setup, SUP paddle ergonomics, Paddleboard racing tips, SUP surfing techniques, Choosing SUP equipment We hope you liked the video, please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to the blueplanetsurf YouTube channel, we post a new video every Saturday morning, Aloha! Please come visit one of our shops on Oahu: Hale'iwa shop and rental location: Blue Planet Hale'iwa 62-620F Kamehameha Highway Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712 Tel (808) 888 0786 Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm Honolulu store- - Hawaii's SUP and Foil HQ: Blue Planet Surf 1221 Kona St Honolulu, Hi 96814 Tel (808) 596 7755 open 10 am to 5 pm Hawaii Time, closed Wednesdays and Sundays

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