While all SUP paddles are designed to achieve the same purpose, differences in size and the materials used can impact on the efficiency of your movement through the water.
Our paddles are available in four different varieties (aluminium, fibreglass hybrid, carbon hybrid and full carbon fibre) and are designed to separate into two or three pieces (shaft extension, shaft, and blade for a three-piece; paddle with shaft extension on a two-piece) for easy storage and transportation.
Adjusting the length of the paddle is fairly straightforward: open the clasp used to secure the handle section to the shaft and extend. Be sure to close and tighten the clasp sufficiently. The length at which you choose to set your paddle will largely be determined by your height.
We strongly recommend adhering to your SUP paddle’s advised maximum length. For more information on putting together and using your SUP paddle, please refer to our SUP user guide.
Aluminium SUP paddle
Aluminium paddles provide good all-round performance. Being adjustable, they are suitable for use by riders of all ages and sizes.
While the shaft is constructed from 2mm thick hollow aluminium tubing, the paddle blade itself is made of 120 square inches of polypropylene plastic.
Our aluminium SUP paddle is available as a standard 3-piece build that affords great general use capabilities and easy storage and transportation.
Fibreglass hybrid SUP paddle
Our Fibreglass Hybrid paddles were designed to bridge the gap between aluminium and carbon shaft paddles and are available in either a two-piece or three-piece design. Offering a a more affordable but still lightweight option, the fibreglass shaft sheds over 200 grams of weight from the paddle overall when compared with it's aluminium equivelant. And given their modest price point, they make a great option for first time buyers to skip straight by the aluminium option and get hold of a paddle that will help you cover longer distances without so much fatigue.
Like the aluminium and carbon hybrid options, the fibreglass model also features a PP blade so if this is your first paddle, you can rest assured that you still have that durabilty.
Carbon hybrid SUP paddle
Like the Carbon Pro, our carbon hybrid paddle is also relatively lightweight. However, the blade is made from polypropylene plastic (like the aluminium paddles) instead of carbon fibre. This means the entire construction is heavier than our Carbon Pro models but still much lighter than an aluminium paddle.
Whether or not you wish to opt for a hybrid over a full carbon fibre paddle will be a matter of both budget and personal preference as both of these styles are avilable in the popular two-piece and three-piece designs. While the hybrid is cheaper and heavier, it will be more efficient at transferring power from the rider’s arms to the board’s forward motion.
Carbon Pro SUP paddle
Our fully-carbon adjustable stand up paddles are similar in design to our standard aluminium models. However, the materials used are noticeably lighter which means rider effort and fatigue is significantly reduced (roughly half the gross weight).
The reduced weight of a carbon SUP paddle makes it an excellent choice for touring over long distances, or circumstances where rider endurance is factored into performance – e.g. racing.
Unlike the aluminium range, our carbon pro models are available as either two-piece and three-piece paddles.
As a 100% carbon fibre paddle, both the blade and the shaft are made of the same material.
SUP paddle flotation
Depending on the materials used, your SUP paddle may or may not float if you manage to lose your grip or fall into the water.
Aluminium paddles are most likely to sink under the surface. While Fibreglass Hybrid, Carbon Hybrid and Carbon Pro paddles are guranteed to stay on the surface if dropped while riding.
We recommend that all SUP paddles, regardless of their construction, should be attached to your inflatable SUP board with a leash. Even if your paddle does float, it’s still possible for your to be separated from the paddle – especially in a strong current.
SUP paddles and other accessories
All our inflatable SUP boards are supplied with a choice of accessory packages, which contain all you’ll need to get out on the water. Each package contains a SUP paddle, but the type you’ll receive will vary depending on the option you select.
For more details on the accessory packages sold by Two Bare Feet, take a look at our SUP package pages: