Thank you for visiting our web site. We build only natural wood racing paddles. We had the choice to build either carbon-fiber or wood paddles, but decided in favor of wood. However, being practical we do agree with the use of carbon shafts for certain types of paddles, such as stand up paddles for instance. These shafts are so long that strength and weight becomes the number one factor. Also carbon shafts are very good at transferring energy instantly along vey long shafts, but when it comes to shorter canoe shafts, carbon is light weight, but too stiff and takes its toll on your shoulders, elbows and wrist joints. Wood paddles are friendlier to the joints.
However, we like the racing qualities of wood. We like its lively action. Energy exerted onto a wood paddle causes the shaft to flex unaware to many paddlers. At the release of the stroke the energy stored is suddenly released as the shaft straightens out helping to snap the blade out of the water quickly. Experienced paddlers know the feeling of a good blade snapping out of the water. Environmentally friendly, wood has a palatable life span that recycles back to earth quickly. Every wood paddle is one of a kind and can never repeat itself ever. A variety of lighter wood and cleaner shapes have accelerated paddle performance. Plus it is a beautiful product that has helped us with marketing, advertising and sales. Most importantly, we believe a well-crafted wood blade out performs any non-wood blade.
We find that wood allows new ideas to be introduced and tested quicker, therefore making evolution faster.The world champion Tahitians, annually placed all five teams in the top ten, in Molokai. All of their teams used wood paddles. That is the most telling statement anyone can produce for now.
Just because a paddle is lighter doesn't translate to a faster paddler. It doesn't make you less tired unless it's a dog. Through the years, we have conducted many tests and customers have written their experiences that proved our tests. We still run tests on paddles today. We found there is a certain effective weight range and a specific design a paddle must have in order to perform at its optimal effectiveness.
In fairness to all manner of paddles, if a person puts in the many miles needed to be a winner, any decent paddle will make that person successful. However when it comes down to championship racing every good paddler should have the most effective blade possible. Lastly we actually race and practice with our paddles daily and know the nuances of a good paddle. We have built racing paddles over 40 years and really enjoy the thrill of improving a new blade.
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