Double bend cabon paddles

Hi guys,

Saw some time ago pictures of a team using the double bend all carbon paddles (or so it looked like that) in an event, so wondering who is making them?

Any help is appreciated,

Cheers Danny

Submitted by dbigshep on Sun, 08/27/2006 - 6:29pm

The paddles you saw were from Kialoa, After a long R/D they have developed a bent shaft paddle that helps take the strain off the wrist, The bend allows the paddler to have his/her wrist in a more neutral or natural position, Instead of having the wrist cocked and holdinmg the paddle with the pointer and middle finger your wristy is straight (as if punching) and all fingers are engaged on the paddle. We just received our first shipment of the paddles and took two out for practice to let the Marina Del Rey crew try them out. The overwhelming response was positive althought it is different and takes more getting used to than a straight shaft or true double bend, The paddle works well and feels like the power is applied to the stroke much sooner. I found the paddle to be comfortable, cross overs were the onbly aspect that I had problems with. Because of how the bend is the paddle had a tendancy to twirl half way as I passed it to the other side.
Unlike double bends mixed with straight shaft paddles in a boat where you have different blade angles causing power band issues, The blade angles are the same as a straight shaft. This will allow part of the canoe to use the blade without causing issues with the rest of the crew.
to view pictures and specs on the paddle visit or web site.

#1 Tue, 08/29/2006 - 5:36pm

I tried it in the Marina and agree with all points especially the wiggly part at the change over. That's something I'm willing to to work with. What I liked was the flexibility of the shaft. Very easy on the shoulders. The strangest part was switching back to the regular paddle. It felt like paddling with an old garden shovel. I'll definitely buy one after I've checked it out for my 1man.

#2 Thu, 08/31/2006 - 4:30am

Many thanks for your replies!

Have had pinced nerve in my neck all year, and still having problems there, and have found that the Tahitan double bend paddle I was given at the World Sprints for my carbon straight shaft one, very comfortable even though it is heavier and has large blade.

I used my other straight shaft paddle in a race recently and really suffered a lot of cramping in my forearms especially on my right arm where I still have residual numbness on my forefinger from the pinched nerve making for a difficult grip in the choppy swell in that race. (The numbness on my left hammie didn't help either...excuses, excuses, I know!!!)

Would love to know how I can get hold of that carbon double shaft as no one as far as I know is importing Kialoa paddles into Australia.

Cheers Danny

#3 Sun, 09/03/2006 - 2:12pm


Hi Danny

Just saw on Kialoas web site that there's an agent for them in NSW. Details are

Canoe Sports Australia
PO Box 1358 Mona Vale1660~or~2/6 Taronga Place
Mona Vale, NSW 2103
tel: (02) 9979 4911
fax: (02) 9979 4922
mob: 0401 761 773


#4 Wed, 09/06/2006 - 9:51pm

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