Since the introduction of the“wing”style blades in surf ski paddling, minimum research has been conducted to determine appropriate paddle length for optimal technique development, performance and to minimise injury. To date, surf paddlers have relied on the extensive research and development conducted within the field of recreational and sprint kayaking to determine paddle lengths. However, paddling in surf presents unique conditions and requirements quite different to those found in flat water or river environments.
Research showed there are several commonly accepted methods of determining appropriate paddle length, however these are generalisations used for kayaking, with surf adaptations based on years of experience and anecdotal evidence. This project intends to compare 3 commonly used methods on a more scientific and objective basis to determine the most accurate. It is hoped this may stimulate more interest in this area and promote further examination and research.
Download the full research report here: What Paddle Length