Choosing the Right Kayak Paddle
Depending on what type of paddling you are going to do, choosing the right paddle is almost as important as getting the right kayak. The right or wrong paddle can make all the difference when you get onto the water. Too short and you will be bashing against the sides of the kayak, too long and you may end up zig-zagging and using additional energery.
Generally in Hong Kong we focus on recreational touring kayaking rather than whitewater or lakes. Taking this into consideration we will concentrate on this category. ALso, if you are in a longer, sleeker performance kayak we will assume you know what paddle you need anyway.
The table below is a rough guide on what paddle length you will need depending on the width and height of your kayak.
|Kayak Width||Under 23″||23″ to 27.75″||28″ to 32″||Over 32″|
|Paddler Height||Recommended Paddle Length|
|Under 5′||200 cm||210 cm||220 cm||230 cm|
|5′ to 5’6″||210 cm||220 cm||230 cm||240 cm|
|5’7″ to 6′||220 cm||220 cm||230 cm||240 cm|
|Over 6′||220 cm||230 cm||240 cm||250 cm|
A Quick Solution For The Right Paddle Length
A quick way to determine a good paddle length is to stand next to it and put your hand over the blade. An ideal paddle should be tall enough to allow only the first finger joints to go over it.
A Note on Inflatable Kayak Paddles
Inflatable kayaks tend to be a bit wider and higher than ones made of tougher materials. This means that it is reccomended that you choose a slightly longer paddle than usual.
Check out our selection of kayak paddles here.
Another source to match your paddle with your kayak is from Palm Equipment, go to their website and check it out: www.palmequipmenteurope.com