Paddle Wizards - How to estimate your correct paddle size
BRAČA-SPORT paddles are available in fixed length or adjustable with 5cm or 10cm range depending on the model. The length of paddle you require will vary according to three main factors; the width/thickness of the craft you intend to paddle, whether you are paddling as a racer, for fitness or touring and your height. If this is your first paddle, an adjustable shaft is reccomended as this will allow you adjustment in length as well as the ability to adjust your paddle feather angle until you find what is comfortable for you.
Kayak Paddle Wizard
Suggested Blade Volumes:
600 - 690cm2 recommended for junior paddlers.
660 - 735cm2 recommended for sea kayak paddlers
705 - 735cm2 most popular size for downwind ocean ski paddlers
735 - 770cm2 suggested for marathon race paddlers
775 - 840cm2 suggested for sprint race paddlers
1) Determine the length of your paddlers box as follows:
a) Grip a paddle (or broomstick), with elbows at right angles, shaft horizontal, resting on head, and measure from elbow to elbow outer edges behind the back (see photo on right).
b) Add 120cm to this length to get your sample paddle length.
For a junior paddler, add 110cm rather than 120cm.
2) Check suitability for your leg and torso ratio:
Measure your standing height to inside your curved fingers with your arm raised with your shoulders relaxed (photo 2 on right) Add this to your figure from step one and divide your answer by two. This new figure can be set as the mid-point for your paddle adjustment range.
eg 215cm would mean a paddle 210-220cm length or 212 -217cm for a 5cm range paddle.
3) Other considerations:
a) Does your paddle need to be used across multiple craft eg sea kayak and ocean racing ski?
b) Do your usage involve a relaxed or aggessive paddle stroke? eg sea kayak touring vs downwind racing.