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Blue Planet Kai Zen Paddle with 98″ Blade Review

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I recently had the chance to try out the Kai Zen Paddle with the 98″ wide blade on a SUP surfing session. The Kai Zen has a super solid catch and it really grips the water, which means you get a lot more paddle power.
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Comparing Kai Zen 98″ and 88″ Blade Paddles

Review written by: Darin Leong

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The Blue Planet Kai Zen paddle comes in two blade sizes, 88″ and 98″. I was lucky enough to try both sizes out.
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Blue Planet Featherlite Hi-Performance Carbon Stand Up Paddle

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Review written by: Darin Leong

I have recently been exploring the world of SUP paddles. There hasn’t been much wind for downwind runs in the past couple months, so tests have been exclusively in the surf.

In researching SUP paddles, the first thing I realized is that there are differing opinions on paddle length. Most people agree that paddles for downwind runs should be longer than paddles used for surfing, but preferences vary. Continue reading ‘Blue Planet Featherlite Hi-Performance Carbon Stand Up Paddle’

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Race Hawaii Double Bladed Stand Up Paddle Review

This is written by Darin Leong (http://www.hawaiiguitar.com/), my brother and a local attorney in Hawaii.

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The double paddle took 30 minutes off my downwind time on the Hawaii Kai run (Portlock to Waikiki). For a downwind paddler like myself who often cannot pull into bumps with a single paddle, the double paddle gives that extra speed necessary to catch those bumps, turning an ok downwind run into an epic one. Continue reading ‘Race Hawaii Double Bladed Stand Up Paddle Review’

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2012 SUP Paddle reviews by Robert Stehlik

Blue Planet Surf

At Blue Planet Surf Shop we are passionate about good stand up paddles. We think a good paddle is just as important (and arguably more important) as a good board. We pride ourselves in having one of the most complete selections of quality stand up paddles you will find anywhere with all the top brands represented as well as some lesser known brands and we can help you choose the best paddle for your needs. Here are some reviews of the new models from some of the brands we carry. Thanks to Evan Leong of standuppaddlesurf.net for shooting the video reviews, presented here in no particular order.
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Dan Gavere with the Werner Carve SUP Paddle-video

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With me on this video is Dan Gavere from Werner Paddles who is going to show us the new Carve SUP paddle. Dan shows us how durable this paddle is, by leaning and putting all his weight on it yet it’s still holding up. I don’t think I would allow Dan to do the same thing on my paddles. But it’s amazing how the Carve is able to sustain such pressure and not break.
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Werner Nitro SUP Paddle

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Here is the recent interview I did with Dan Gavere, Werner Paddles’ Sales representative for the southwest of US and Hawaii, on the Werner Nitro SUP paddle. Dan was staying on the North Shore of Oahu and we got a chance to SUP together. We had a blast and then had a filling dinner at Haleiwa Joes. I’ve been using the Werner Nitro since it was a prototype in the middle of 2008. It’s my favorite paddle in the Werner line.
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Werner Advantage Stand Up SUP Paddle – First Impression

Werner Advantage Stand Up (SUP) Paddle 2009

Werner Advantage Stand Up (SUP) Paddle 2009

Werner Carve Stand Up (SUP) Paddle 2009

Werner Carve Stand Up (SUP) Paddle 2009

I saw the new Werner paddles yesterday on the way to doing a Hawaii Kai to Kaimana (9 mile) downwind run w/ Kainoa and decided to try it out.  This is my first real test of Werner SUP paddles.  I tried the Spanker version 1 a while back but since then I haven’t given it much thought.  I’m pretty familiar with their kayak paddles since I used a number of them when I used to ride my Hunt Johnson 9′ Pocket Rocket surf kayak.

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Stand Up Paddle for Kids

C4 Waterman Kids Stand Up Paddle

I made a paddle for my 5 yr old son by taking a 2 pc C4 Waterman carbon paddle and cutting down the shaft. This also allows me to change out the top part of the shaft so my wife can also use it if she ever decides she will come out with me.

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9.8″ Jim Terrell Quickblade Hybrid Paddles at Wet Feet

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Doug Lock of Wet Feet shows us the new Jim Terrell hybrid paddle from Quickblade and talks briefly about the blade’s design.

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Infinity Surf Shop’s Ottertail Blade Stand Up Paddle – Review

Infinity Surf Shop's Ottertail Blade Stand Up Paddle

I got 2 Infinity Surf ottertail paddles for my birthday in November and so far have only been able to test it a number of conditions. At first I was leery of this paddle but I have since changed my mind. This is what I’ve been using for the last few weeks.

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Stand Up Paddles at Wet Feet Hawaii – Video Part 2

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Jeff of Wet Feet takes us through their inventory of paddles from a variety manufacturers namely C4, Surftech, and Quick Blade. He also talks about the materials of each paddles and what they’re good for.

Wet Feet offers a wide choice of paddles so there should be something that fits your paddle preferences from them.

Watch Jeff explain the different designs and shapes from the T-grip, to the shaft, to the blade.

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Stand Up Paddles at Wet Feet Hawaii – Video Part 1

Stand Up Paddles at Wet Feet Hawaii

Jeff of Wet Feet takes us through their inventory of paddles from a variety manufacturers namely C4, Surftech, and Quick Blade. He also talks about the materials of each paddles and what they’re good for.

Wet Feet offers a wide choice of paddles so there should be something that fits your paddle preferences from them.

Watch Jeff explain the different designs and shapes from the T-grip, to the shaft, to the blade.

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Stand up paddle grip review

I just put on the C4 grip on my stand up paddle. My paddle is 78″ long and the blade is 8.5″. I have another one that’s 80″ long which I use for downwind paddles and when I let my friends use my other boards. I think I installed it wrong but it still works. I don’t know if I like the grip diameter being so big but it does make the paddle easier on my hands and add a lot of extra grip. I like that it’s a bright color which makes it easy to spot in the water if I drop it. The downside is that when it gets dirty it looks really dirty.

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Save your rails on your stand up paddle surfboard with video

When I first started stand up paddle surfing I would hit the rails of the stand up board A LOT. I still hit it and have even taken chunks out of the rails. The carbon fiber stand up paddles are strong and easily dent and ding the epoxy boards. My friend’s board looks like a shark ate the rail. It is wasted almost the entire length of the rail. I gotta get a picture to post but I don’t think he’ll like that.

The first solution was to tape up the edge of the stand up paddle with electric tape. That works reasonably well but a hard hit and the gel coat comes off the rail. Then I tried ‘rim rubber’ which is made for kayak paddles. It looks like door jam material and you use Aqua Seal glue to make it stick. It looks and works great on kayak paddles because they are relatively flat on the blade. Continue reading ‘Save your rails on your stand up paddle surfboard with video’

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