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Best SUP Paddles For Touring And Racing

It is important to be able to paddle with a lot of comfort. Not only is the paddle board important, but also the paddle. This is especially true for people who are on the water for a long time and/or who want a lot of speed.

We have researched the best SUP paddles for touring and SUP racing. A fixed paddle is always better than a vario paddle (two-piece) or a three-piece paddle. A fixed paddle is a paddle consisting of a whole. In this study we therefore only talk about fixed paddles.

Best SUP Paddles for long SUP trips

If you are going to paddle long distances, you don’t want to hold a paddle that is too heavy. This costs a lot of energy. A light paddle is therefore a must for people who are touring or racing with their paddle board. We have made a selection of the best sup paddles for touring and racing. View our selection:

1. Carbon SUP paddle

A Carbon paddle is the most perfect paddle for touring or racing with your paddle board. A carbon paddle is extra light and very stiff. The more carbon, the lighter and stiffer the paddle.

2. Bamboo SUP paddle

A bamboo paddle is also wonderfully light, but slightly less stiff than a carbon paddle. Here too, a fixed paddle is always stiffer and gives a better push-off on the water.
fanatic bamboo peddel

3. Glass Fibre SUP paddle

A Glass Fibre sup paddle is also very light, but just a bit heavier than a carbon and/or bamboo paddle. In addition, they are also less stiff.
aqua marina solid sup peddel

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If you are on the water for at least 1.5 to 2 hours, then it is highly recommended to purchase a lighter paddle. This gives much more comfort and less strain on your arms and body. Keep an eye on! Before you buy a paddle is important to also consider the blade size, read more about this in our advice guide. For a 2-piece or 3-piece sup paddle, the aforementioned top 3 materials apply. Want to know more about the length of a sup paddle? Read our extensive blog about the right length of SUP Paddles. The correct length of the sup paddle is very different per person. Try it first with a vario paddle (2-piece paddle) to see which length you like best.

The best sup paddles for touring and racing can be found at ISUPCENTER.COM

David Ziessen

I'm David Ziessen, one of the SUP specialists at Isupcenter. Since 2013 I have been renting out Paddle Boards and teaching stand up paddling to people. Thanks to years of experience, I know all the ins - and outs of stand up paddling. Do you need some advice? I would love to help you!

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