What do your clubs use for club paddles for novices to use?

Seems that novices are rather hard on paddles, often banging them on things or scraping the shaft on the gunwale of the canoe. What do your clubs use for club paddles for novices to use?

Submitted by tjl on Sun, 05/06/2007 - 8:37pm

usually we strap a piece of wood to a bamboo shaft ...

#1 Sun, 05/06/2007 - 11:48pm

We use MudBrook paddles. I don't know if we get a "Club Price" for them or not, but they are around $75. They are a great paddle, I still use mine for 6-man. Kialoa also makes an inexpensive paddle for clubs.

#2 Mon, 05/07/2007 - 7:16am

Gillespie Paddles!

Brad Gillespie is excellent to work with, he gave a deal for about ten new paddles for new members of Kent Island Outrigger. Brad's quality is great, he makes a beautiful paddle, I own two. www.gillespiepaddles.com

#3 Mon, 05/07/2007 - 7:30am

What do you mean Paddle? Nah just kidding. I have suggested that they use the old grey owl, you can always beat the crap out of these they don't cost an arm and a leg. And then if they decide that Paddling is going to be their sport they can pony up the bucks for a Makana, Kialoa or Horn.

Paddle with Strength, PONO and ALOHA

#4 Mon, 05/07/2007 - 9:30am

Plastic/aluminum paddles. Cheap, indestructable, but suck like hell. For real, its kind of a rite of passage. Haha. Plus it gives paddlers incentive to buy their own.

Seriously, its good for the basics and then as they progress, they buy their own.


#5 Mon, 05/07/2007 - 1:40pm

Plastic paddles are unbearable and no one should have to use them. How can you teach the basics with a straight paddle that is impossible not to cavitate?

#6 Mon, 05/07/2007 - 2:38pm

i think u guys should have em make their own paddles, it provides culture so they realize what it takes to make a paddle and if they damage it they can learn some repair techniques. if u dont want to take the time to do that i agree with the other guy about grey owl paddles, theyre like $10 if u buy in bulk. as for the club im in, i think the novice use mudbrooks and the other guys use makana ali'is.

#7 Mon, 05/07/2007 - 4:48pm

Nah I don't think they need to learn how to make their own paddles. Who does that these days? Not many people can repair carbon fiber anyway. Mudbrooks are excellent paddles for their money.

Keizo, actually our plastic paddles are the hi-tech model with a 15% bend or something. Anyway bend or not I think you still can teach the basics. A lot of the basics happen outside of the boat where cavitation is not an issue. Straight arms and body and what not. Dude its a rite of passage. Grey owls aren't all that better. Those cavitate too, although they too are indestructable. I did break one surfing waikiki once though, but to credit cameron it was because I didn't repair water damage.

pops out

#8 Mon, 05/07/2007 - 8:41pm

I guess I haven't seen the latest plastic paddles. I used to be pretty happy with Grey Owls though.

Making your own paddles is great. Hawaiian CC makes paddles for the kids I think.

#9 Tue, 05/08/2007 - 5:19am

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