OC-1 Paddle

What paddle do you use for your OC-1? Woody, Hybrid, or CF? Any plus or minuses with what you are using?

Reason I'm asking is that I'm looking for another paddle, I currently own a ZRE +(light and stiff), -(light and stiff) depending on wind conditions. Also have a Kialoa Wiley Hybrid. But I'm think of looking for something with a touch more flex. :lol:

Submitted by hybridpaddle on Mon, 06/07/2004 - 9:40am

I sold my ZRE and bought a Mud-lite OC-1 by Mudbrook. It's light (in the 15 oz. range) and has the flex that you'd expect from a wood paddle.

#1 Fri, 07/23/2004 - 2:41am

I use the ZRE as well. I see a lot of guys are moving over to the Kiola, but I havent tried on as yet. The reason I got the ZRE is because of the size of the blade. I'm over 200 lbs and I find the smaller blades tend to cavitate and this really bugged me.

You pose a good question though. I'm due for a new paddle aswell and am wondering what to get.

#2 Fri, 07/23/2004 - 4:10am

[color=#4000bf][/color]I use a carbon ZRE when I one man and it is ok, but as my coaches have told me it is the person not the paddle. I think what you feel comfortable with. Lighter is better, and the ZRE is that. I would like to try a Hybrid to compare. But my Gillispee (SP) stays in the OC6..



#3 Wed, 09/08/2004 - 9:18am

makana alii's are great one man paddles. i don't know much about how you can get them in the mainland but in hawaii its still not easy to get your hands on one. they're made by hand and to me it is one of the best paddles out there.

#4 Wed, 09/08/2004 - 11:23pm

only wood..more flexible.....i prefere ..hybrid and carbon are too much strong for me .....


i paddle with "tahiti rame "24x47x718/5 cm..the other is a big paddle for drive the v6.............
stef from france...

#5 Fri, 09/10/2004 - 9:14pm

You will probably need trial and error. I have a Xylo that was great on my Tevanui Rudderless, my Kialoa was great on my Makia, but, on my new Pahoa, neither of them felt right. After trying many paddles (Makana Alii, Mudbrook, et al), I have settled on a paddle made by Rick Nu`u of Maui. I love it on my Pahoa, great grab, pull and release. not too light or too heavy.
Try different blades. Many shops have demos or ask a paddling partner to try his/her blade. Different canoes and different ocean conditions required different tools.

RB :wink:

#6 Fri, 09/10/2004 - 9:28pm

have you guys seen the new paddle by Maui K. it looks pretty awsome and alot of people who have tried it love it

#7 Fri, 09/10/2004 - 9:33pm

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