Kayaking is a popular sport that many people enjoy. Stand up paddling is also growing in popularity. If you have purchased a kayak, you need to find kayak paddles that work for you. Having a proper kayak paddle is essential to your performance and experience on the water. Additionally, some kayaks, such as inflatables, with little cargo area, may require the use of kayak paddles that break down.
The length, width and weight of kayak paddles are important features for you to consider. Using the wrong width or length can create fatigue quickly. It will not be much fun if you find yourself tired right after getting into the water. Additionally, using kayak paddles with the incorrect width or length can create an imbalance sending you under the water. If you want to increase speed while paddling, an improper width and length can make it difficult to achieve the speed you want.
If you live in Florida, some marine and supply stores carry kayak paddles. Consider talking with an expert before you make your purchase. There are lots of brands, styles and sizes in widths and lengths to look at. Some kayak paddles come in one piece while others break down into two or three pieces. The breakdown kayak paddles are becoming more popular. If you kayak occasionally, a smaller paddle does not take as much work as a longer paddle and is best to avoid becoming fatigued quickly. If you kayak often, you probably have the stamina and muscles to use a larger blade, which takes more work but helps to increase speed.
An expert in kayaking can help narrow down your choices, and show you the most popular brands that fit your experience and use. The choices of materials for kayak paddles include carbon fiber, wood, aluminum, fiberglass and wood. Plastic and aluminum are the heaviest and normally the cheapest. The most expensive and the lightest paddle is made from carbon fiber. The most popular materials for kayak paddles include wood and fiberglass. They are not too expensive, and they are lightweight. Fiberglass is more durable than wood. Looking at several kayak paddles and feeling the weight and balance can help you determine the best kayak paddle to buy.