Disclaimer: This is not a production C4 paddle.
What happens when you mix a C4 paddle and a circular saw?
You get the Diamond E model paddle – named by me.
I have to say that I love this paddle for surfing. So far, it has the best ‘feel’ for me personally. This paddle has less initial ‘bite’ when first entering the water. Some like that, some don’t.
I got this idea after trying a bunch of different paddles. After a few months, it seemed like paddle blades could be separated into 2 categories. The first was a canoe blade, wide base and narrow neck. The second was an ottertail shape like the Infinity Surf paddle which has a wide neck and narrow base. I like them both for different reasons and thought I would try an experiment to meld the 2 together.
I took a C4 9″ blade paddle and measured the point where it was 8″ wide and measured a 5″ base. Then I took out the circular saw and cut right through the fiberglass and foam. I sanded the rough edges, put 5 min epoxy on the edges to seal them and then put mastic tape over the edge to minimize rail damage. Last step was adding a layer of electric tape over the mastic to avoid black scuff marks. After sanding the widest area in the middle is about 7.5″ wide and the base is 5″.
This paddle moves through the water much easier than conventional canoe style blades. It has less propulsion, but not enough to bother me. Since I’m normally not in huge waves, I don’t need to get anywhere fast and this paddle is very easy on my joints.
Like the Infinity paddle, less bite on the initial part of the stroke leads me to more balance when turning and catching waves.
For the guys that like the grunt feeling and power of a full blade, this is not for you. For those that want something easier to pull through the water, it may be an option.
The length is 75″ long and I’m 6′ tall. I like the shorter length for surfing as it’s easier to change hands and get into the crouch positions needed, especially when I’m off balance.
I don’t know if the diamond shape adds anything or if it’s just the smaller blade that makes the difference but either way I don’t really care.