I recently got a new OC paddle from C4 waterman. It’s a double bend shaft, all-carbon outrigger paddle with a Tahitian style blade that Todd Bradley designed with George Cronstadt.
I’ve only used it for one-man paddling but you can probably also use it for 6-man paddling. I really like this paddle. It’s really light at only 16 to 18.5 oz (depending on length). The paddle has a great feel in the water and the dihedral in the back/spine helps keep the paddle blade straight. The double-bend is not really that dramatic, it’s more of a slight bend. But it does help me get a farther forward catch and it feels like it’s more powerful that a straight shafted paddle. The shaft has a matte type finish which adds a little grip and the handle is a palm grip although a bit smaller feeling that on the SUP paddles.
IMO, this is one of the best paddles that C4 makes.
Here’s more info taken from C4 Waterman’s site:
Our lightest outrigger paddle. Only 18.5 oz. This is an all-carbon double bend shaft with our breakthrough 9.5″ blade.
- Comfortable carbon palm grip handle
- Light, strong, oval double bend carbon shaft
- Beautiful 9.5-inch blade
- Perfectly angled blade
- Max length 56″
- Weight 18.5 oz
- Oval carbon double-bend shaft
- Wooden T-top
- 9.5″ Carbon Blade angled for performance
- Weighs 18.5 oz.