Young man on iROCKER using long paddle
Did you know having the right sized board and paddle can completely change your SUP experience? If not, don’t worry, we are here to teach you.
Ask around and you will get a million different answers. There are hundreds of ways to size up a SUP paddle board. Some believe your height is the key. Others believe your paddle should always be six inches longer than you.( Fact of the day: Laird Hamilton is credited with this method)
We aren’t done, others believe that the key is to place your paddle on the ground with the handle down, you should be eye-to-eye with the meeting point of the paddle’s blade and shaft.
Lastly (at least our last example for now), some say you need a short paddle for lazy river days and a long paddle for a good workout.
We want to let you know, there is nothing wrong with any of these options, but at iROCKER we have our own way. This was crafted based on many years of experience and a determination to guarantee an amazing SUP experience! about the best way to guarantee an awesome SUP experience. This is why we have our own method for determining the ideal paddle length for each and every stand up paddler.
At the end of this article, we’ll reveal our top-secret method. Meanwhile, read on for our favorite tips for choosing your SUP paddle. With a little trial and error, you might develop your own perfect method.
Measure Twice, Adjust Once
To get started, you need to take a few simple measurements:
● Your height (Here’s a tip: If you don’t have a tape measure handy, simply bend over and extend your arms out against your paddle from tip-to-tip. This, my fellow SUP-er, is your height. Go ahead and try it.)
● The thickness of your iROCKER ( add this to your height)
Next, you want to think about how you intend to SUP. Are you out for a long and leisurely session or are you racing? Are you the type of person who likes the challenge of the surf or are you more of the flats type? Are you a newbie or a SUP veteran?
Some schools of thought say it makes no difference, and they might be right. But the fact is, the more expert you become at SUP, the more opinionated you’ll become about the length of your paddle. (Ask anyone at iROCKER and you’ll get a strong opinion!)
iROCKER Paddle Secret Revealed!
Now that you’ve gotten this far, you deserve to know the iROCKER secret to finding the perfect paddle length. Ready? Here it is:
Try it till you like it.
That’s right — your perfect paddle length is what feels right to you and only you.
So now that you’ve adjusted your paddle to your height or the conditions or your ideal speed (or whatever method you like best), you’re ready for some trial and error. Grab your board and your newly adjusted paddle, and hit the water!
If time and your local area allows, hit the water more than once and mix it up a bit. Try a flat lake and then a rolling stream. Hit the surf at high tide and low tide. It’s all fun and besides, the more SUP, the better, right?
If you have a strong opinion about choosing the perfect SUP paddle length, we’d love to hear all about it. Send us your science and your pics using the fields below.