Meet the Lava: The Ultimate All-Around Carbon SUP Paddle

Standup paddling isn’t just a single sport, but rather many different watersports wrapped up into one incredible community.

Paddlers may come from different backgrounds, but ultimately discover that SUP’s appeal comes from its diversity of opportunities. Just consider that an avid standup paddler could embark on a surf trip to Costa Rica; an epic freshwater expedition in the Great Lakes; a ripping downwinder off the coast of Maui; a high-adrenaline whitewater river run in Oregon; a thrilling race at the legendary Carolina Cup—the aquatic possibilities are near limitless, just add water.

While its always best to have multiple SUP paddles in your quiver (a Hydro FlowX for racing, a Surge for surfing, etc.) we understand that many folks are looking for an all-around carbon paddle that works well in any SUP discipline. 

Versatile, strong and lightweight, the Lava is your best bet if you want one paddle to do it all. 

This full carbon paddle shares much of the same DNA as our premier race and surf paddles, but features a more forgiving blade design that’s better suited for a less aggressive and lower cadence paddle stroke. 

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Whereas some paddles are built for a specific discipline such as surfing or racing, the Lava was built to excel in all conditions.

We focused our efforts on creating a blade design that provides an ideal combination of stability and performance to enhance any style of paddling. To accomplish this goal, the Lava features scooped dihedral blade technology, a moderate 10° blade angle and an extended tapered scoop that creates a forgiving yet powerful stroke. 

What really helps the Lava stand apart from other all-around paddles is its light weight and premium Reflex 90% 3K carbon construction. Throughout the design process, all unnecessary weight was removed, resulting in the Lava being the lightest all round SUP paddle available at this price point. For example; the Lava one-piece cut to 75″ (191cm) is only 15.7 ounces (456 grams)—approximately 50-100 grams lighter than any other paddle in this price point.

We added a power ridge along the front of the blade to help to increase stiffness—ultimately providing enhanced blade strength and stability. We also smoothed out the blade edges to further increase blade strength and reduce board damage. Despite weighing less than a pound, the Lava paddle is one of the strongest SUP paddles you will find and enjoys a near-zero failure rate.

Our ergonomic 100% carbon handles come with a vivid red matte finish—ideal in both hot and cold climates. The Palm handle fits comfortably in your hand for easy paddling and long days on the water. The adjustable Lava also comes with our ergonomic clamp system, which makes it easy to adjust the paddle to a wide-range of different sizes—ideal for sharing this paddle amongst your friends and family.  

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Available in 3 blade sizes and 2 shaft diameter options—plus the ability to choose between Fixed, Adjustable & 3-Piece Adjustable—the Lava caters to all paddlers and all disciplines. 

At Black Project, we’re passionate about standup paddling for a simple reason: we’ve watched this sport change people’s lives. It doesn’t matter how you paddle—touring, racing, surfing, training, etc—simply getting on the water via standup paddling will make you healthier and happier.

Shaft Diameter (mm)STANDARD (29)STANDARD (29)S L I M (26.5)S L I M (26.5)
Actual Size (cm2)581.8530530490
Actual Size (in2)90.282.1582.1576.0
Paddler Weight (KG)80 – 10565 – 8560 – 8045 – 70
Paddler Weight (lbs)175-230140 – 185130-175110-155

If you’re ready to surf one day, cruise the next, and race on the weekend, the Lava delivers unmatched performance, durability, and value for an all-around SUP paddle. 

We’ll see you on the water. 

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We’ll see you on the water.