Here’s a preview of the new Surftech carbon paddle. They have a full carbon model and a carbon/fiberglass model. Both are really light and I was surprised how light the carbon/fiberglass version is. The largest blade size is 9.5″, a bit large for my personal taste but perfect for outrigger paddling. I ended up cutting one of these paddles down to 52″ and use it with my OC-1. I love it for OC-1. It weighs 15 oz which is lighter than my Apple iPad. The blade is really thin which allows for a really smooth catch and has an ABS reinforcement around the edge of the blade. I got mine from the Surftech store on Queen Street in Honolulu.
More info taken from Surftech’s site:
The San-O offers surfers a large surface area blade suited for strong and aggressive paddlers racing over flat water or charging powerful surf. The San-O’s 9″ wide blade design and 12° bend maximizes your power output and ease of entry per stroke.
– Full Fiberglass
– 50% Carbon/Fiberglass Composite
– 100% Carbon