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    Paul M

    I looked all over but can’t seem to find any paddle guidelines for competitions.. not length but the blade mainly ?


    #54521 Reply

    Leanne Stanley

    Hi Paul,

    Here’s a quick reference guide from our friends at Kialoa for length: https://kialoa.com/pages/choosing-an-outrigger-paddle

    The best way is to get in an OC with a coach and have them help you determine the proper size for your body and the boat you are in.
    To determine blade surface area, if you are a newer paddler then start with standard or smaller. Wider blades with more surface area are good for sprints but very difficult to maintain proper technique for distance. The more surface area the blade, the heavier the water (if you plant your blade properly) and it is very taxing on the body (if you are doing your catch properly). Again, working with a good coach, they can advise you based on your technique, fitness and goals.

    See you on the water!

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    Ron Chin

    If your question relates to race restrictions on blade composition (i.e. wooden or carbon fibre), CORA does not have any restrictions on blade composition for its long distance races.

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