With literally MILLIONS of option when it come to paddles, you can get a little lost when it comes to finding your favorite. Paddles today are becoming more and more similar with most brands copying designs or using the same factory to produce a brand paddle(starboard-surftech-boardworks etc) when they don’t really specialize in paddles.You can find paddles on amazon ebay and everywhere boards are sold but not every paddle is equal.
When you have gotten past that initial group of paddles and brands that are lower level or not as performance based you are only really left with 5 or less brands that a majority of people trust. Brands like Kialoa- QuickBlade- Hippostick- Black Project-Werner are common sights in the average surf line up and Saturday race event.
For me personally i want to stand apart in anything I do. I want to stand out. I am 6’1 250 pounds at the moment so I need a strong reliable paddle that’s going to be able to get me through a race course or in and out of pounding surf. When it comes to paddles I have literally tried them all and alot of the paddles that are popular are really good marketing and HYPE … Some features I ve found to like are carbon- medium flex shaft- longer blade for more pop- longer dihedral for cleaner pull through the water.
I came across this paddle in Hawaii in 2013 but only last year was I reunited with the new and improved version! The C4 Waterman X-wing paddle. Its got a design like nothing you have seen and has proven its self successful but has remained under the radar..It comes in 3 different constructions for any type of waters. Its been my go to this winter in 7-10 foot waves (not hawaiian scale) and it allows me to catch waves quicker with more efficient strokes.
Pictures dont do this paddle justice- Here is a link to the product video —(X-Wing)
THIS IS MY FAVORITE !! let me know what you guys think and what you look for