Daily Archives: June 28, 2012

Women-specific paddles

It’s really important that lighter weight people — less bulky, less strong individuals, and most all ladies — have the right paddle or they won’t have as much fun and could possibly end up injuring themselves.

A couple features that distinguish a ladies paddle are a small blade, and a relatively flexible, small diameter shaft. The combination of these two things allow lighter weight paddlers to develop a high cadence stroke without the fear of injuring and overloading shoulder muscles, arms, and lower back. It’s really important that women don’t just grab the paddle their husbands or boyfriends use, or a rental paddle that is 1.5 or two pounds heavier.

The paddles we like to recommend for women are really lightweight, with small blade sizes — generally 83 to 90 inches in surface area, and relatively narrow, say between 7 and 8 inches wide. The shafts are quite narrow, so they are easy to grip with smaller hands. And they’re also more flexible. All these characteristics mean less load on the shoulders.

Examples of these paddles are the Quickblade Flyweight and the Kialoa Pipes. These are outstanding choices for ladies and both feature narrow diameter shafts and small blades. The Pipes is a 100% carbon paddle, ultra light with an ovalized shaft for superior comfort and grip. The Flyweight All Fiberglass paddle — with a fiberglass shaft and fiberglass blade, is a little heavier and is priced really well, while the Flyweight FG/CA, has a carbon fiber shaft and a fiberglass blade, and the Flyweight All Carbon, weighs in at a miniscule 15 ounces!

The Quickblade Flyweight has three options for women-specific paddles.

I encourage everybody to get the best paddle that their budget allows. You’ll have more fun. Your paddle is like your ski boots. It’s a critical piece of equipment that connects you, and you make contact with. Comfort is important. If you have a lightweight paddle that you like, you’re going to want to go paddling. If you have a big, clunky paddle that is oversized and fatigues you when you go out, you’re less apt to want to go paddling.

Let us help you choose the perfect paddle for you!

All-around SUP boards

At Big Winds we’re often asked by customers looking to get into Stand Up, “What is a great choice for an all-around board?” They’re seeking something they can paddle around on lakes, rivers, take out in bays, and maybe even ride some small surf.  Another factor people often look for is something they can take their dogs on, or their kids. At Big Winds we have a full selection of outstanding All-around boards that really fit these needs.

Two size ranges I like to focus on when people are looking for all-around SUP boards are those in the 10’6” and 11’6” range. The Starboard Drive, the Naish Nalu 10’6.5”, the Surftech Generator 10’6” and the Amundson 10’6” are three great choices for small all rounders. They are all about 30” wide, glide reasonably well, are stable and lightweight. For the larger all rounders, the Starboard Blend (pictured), the Naish Nalu 11’6” and the Amundson 11’6” are all excellent boards, offering excellent glide, stability and are all very affordable. And for folks looking for even more stability, the Starboard Big Easy is the ticket, at 12’ X 32”.

The Starboard Blend is a beautiful and functional all-around SUP board.

Give us a call (888-509-4210 or 541-386-6086) and let us help guide you into the perfect all around board for you and your family!