X-Paddle Wave Carbon Kevlar Paddle
These paddles are aimed at Wave Riding, but testing has shown that they also make excellent flat water, downwind and coastal use paddles for every rider who is looking for a great paddle with a light and crisp feel, delivering excellent performance for both the competition and recreational environment.
The ‘Wave series’ features 2 completely new blade shapes , both with the same 27 x 31mm Oval shafts and full T Handles for 2016 onwards, with further refinements to comfort, performance and versatility over our previous ‘Wave series’, which had the same blade, but 2 different size shafts
Both paddles are fixed length only, featuring 2 different 3K Full Carbon/Kevlar ABS edged blades, a 27 x 31mm Oval 70% 3K Carbon/Kevlar shaft for optimum strength and durability and enough give to survive most wipe outs, and a new ‘Full T’ 100% 3K Carbon/Kevlar Handle, with Blade, Shaft and Handle in Gloss finish.
Our 70% Oval Carbon/Kevlar shaft gives a ‘fast return’, but is optimised for strength and durability with good performance, and the combination of the new blades and shafts results in a paddle that is well over 100g lighter than the model it replaces. This gives both blades a more responsive and crisper feel than the previous series, being especially suited to short high cadence strokes when needed, but especially with the 7 ¼ inch blade, there is still considerable power and a stable feel when going for full blade engagement.
Aimed at 50kg> riders and the more experienced primarily, beginners also revel in all that these shaft and blade combinations deliver, so there is nothing to stop a less experienced rider going for a flat water set up (we recommend + 10 to 12” over body height for flat water) and then reducing the length for a more dedicated Wave use (+ 9” or 8” is a good starting point for waves) at a later stage as they get better and build their skills. Repeated modifications like this are easy as long as you have the handle fitted with ‘hot melt glue’ to allow it’s easy removal to cut the shaft shorter each time!
We could make these paddles even lighter, but have deliberately optimised to give a light, crisp and balanced feel combined with the optimum ‘strength to weight ratio’, as we know wave riding can be a harsh environment!
The ‘Wave’ encourages good technique and rider effort with a very dynamic feel, while still having the right flex characteristics to reduce the risk of strain, fatigue or even injury for all paddlers, but these paddles will drive you quite hard if you choose to paddle hard, so if you are new to this and have fallen in love with our Wave paddle, treat yourself gently while your fitness comes up to match that of the paddle!
The 7.28” wide blade excels in flat water/coastal performance, but gives you tremendous power and drive when you need it in a wave, so is becoming a favoured shape amongst riders seeking solid performance over pure steer and brace stroke feel, while the 7.8” blade is aimed at the more purist wave user, with more uniform steering feel due to flatter blade face, but both will work fine in the wave environment, and it’s more a matter of personal choice so we encourage you to try both models if you can.
Of special note should be our desire to accommodate tall riders up to around 7’/214cm with our whole range! Please take this into account when looking at weights, as many makes of paddles are a lot shorter, and many companies quote their weight’s when cut to just 78”!
The Wave is available in 2 different models.
’FIXED LENGTH’ Oval shaft model with Full ‘T’ Handle - max 2280mm/89.5”
Blade widths - 185mm/7.28” or 198mm/7.8”
Blade Areas - 7.28”approx. 95 Sq”/612cm2 or 7.8” approx 88 Sq”/570cm2
Blade Angle - 7.28” =10° or 7.8” = 8°
Weight fixed Oval shaft at max length - 7.28” approx. 600g, 7.8” approx. 600g
Shaft Stiffness - firm/stiff - Size 27 x 31mm Oval
Available fixed length only – cut and glue to desired length.
Our Mission in designing the new range was to further enhance the entire paddling experience for every rider.
The Wave Series has been a favourite of many demanding paddlers since we introduced these models 2010, so these new paddles had to really deliver in order to uphold our reputation for great value, nice handling, light, high quality paddles - Thanks to our design team, production team and all the work from our ‘real world testers’, who have spent many hours helping us to fine tune our prototypes - we are confident we have produced another SUPer X-Paddle which all riders will love.