What kind of paddle is illegal for GICRA/HCRA?


I am wondering what kind of paddle is legal for GICRA Island Championship and for HCRA States. Do the paddles have to be totally wood? Or can they have a little carbon fiber on them. I'm not talking about Kialoa's or any homemade carbon fiber blade. I saw a paddle on he internet with carbon fiber strips reinforcing only the back face of the paddle. I was wondering if that would be legal or illegal for GICRA or HCRA. If anyone knows or knows what the rules are, please respond soon. Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/16/2003 - 9:16pm


For HCRA the paddle must be made only of wood and bonding materials. NO fiberglass, carbon or other material. Wood paddles only. There will be random crew inspections this year.

Tom Kern, President

#1 Sun, 06/29/2003 - 3:57pm

Thanks Tom. Is it possible to get results from over there on Maui? Someone just asked if I knew where to find them today.

#2 Sun, 06/29/2003 - 4:47pm

y2kanu.com has all the race results every week. Not plugging them, just thought i'd mention it if you want to know the results

#3 Wed, 06/16/2004 - 2:10pm

y2kanu might have more results from regattas but i think that this site seems to be focused more on oc-1... y2kanu does an excellent job of covering the reggatas, but which is the higher quality site? which has a video game... an active forum.. easy to browse photos and videos...Ocpaddler is amazing! (no plug intended)

#4 Wed, 06/16/2004 - 9:37pm

I agree...just letting Keizo know where the regatta results can be found if he needs to get them out.

#5 Thu, 06/17/2004 - 9:12am

haha alright.. just making sure you werent putting down this site

#6 Thu, 06/17/2004 - 7:35pm

Haha.. More websites the better, everyone benefits from both sites.

Now back to the original topic of paddle regulations I thought it was interesting that the World sprints has no regulations on paddles at all. Maybe that's old news for some.. Still I bet not many people will use all carbon paddles. Is that how it's been in the past?

#7 Tue, 06/22/2004 - 11:22am

I was told my someone on the OCHRA rules committee that the paddles don't have to be all wood. It can be covered on one or both sides as long as there is wood in between the bonding material. No solid carbon, or kevlar or fiberglass only paddles. I'm just passing on what information was told to me. It would be nice to have the rules posted on the Internet at the respective canoe racing organizations.

#8 Sat, 07/03/2004 - 10:43am

So you can use space age materials to build your boat, but you have to paddle it using wooden paddles? Makes no sense. Both boats and paddles should have to be wood, or it should all be open.

#9 Fri, 07/09/2004 - 4:00am

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