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Featuring Advanced Flow Technology (AFT) & Complete With Paddle Bag

Hydro FlowX

(19 customer reviews)


Featuring Advanced Flow Technology (AFT) & Complete With Paddle Bag

Hydro FlowX

(19 customer reviews)


Completely reimagined design, a paddle unlike any other.

The proprietary Advanced Flow Technology (AFT) is designed to significantly increase paddle efficiency and smoothness by reducing turbulence and unwanted blade movements. The Deep Power Scoop (DPS) with dihedral edges delivers power in a controlled manner and works in harmony with our the AFT to create a first-of-its-kind paddling experience.

Our Fastest Ever Paddle – While individual results will vary and speed is just one aspect to consider, our testing has shown the Hydro FlowX will increase your average speed. When putting in a similar effort, paddlers can expect a 3-5% improvement in speed and lap times or paddle the same speed with less effort (when compared to the original Hydro, which is already faster than most race paddles).

Reduced Fatigue – The combination of flow technology and deep scoop produces a fluid stroke which reduces energy usage while increasing forward thrust. The outcome is significantly less paddler fatigue––enabling you to paddle longer and faster than ever before.

4% Lighter –To reduce overall weight, we reworked our layups and introduced 30-ton carbon – a strong but lightweight carbon that’s 25% lighter than our previous material. The resulting paddle is approximately 4% lighter than an equivalent model of the original Hydro. Weighing from just 345 grams (12.1 oz), paddlers can maintain a higher cadence for a longer period of time.

Even Stronger – The Hydro FlowX’s redesigned blade offers massive structural strength. This gave us the dual benefit of being able to optimize the use of carbon in certain areas, while still achieving an overall strength enhancement.

The first of these new paddles are ready to ship now and we have made a small number of Medium (SDS) available for immediate shipping from Maui. All sizes will be available to pre-order in a few days with shipping in early November.

All Hydro FlowX paddles come complete with our Paddle Bag ($100 value).

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19 reviews for Hydro FlowX

  1. Magical recommendation

    Stefan Zimmermann (verified owner)

    Magical. My 2nd paddle from BP and I thought it could not get any better. The Hydro FlowX is even more defined in the catch, in the power phase it glides incredibly clean through the water and the power feels like you’re paddling a paddle blade one size larger. In addition, the perfect processing of the paddle and the top service from Chris. Delivery time around half the world to Switzerland takes just 6 days. Thanks Chris

  2. I have no words to describe it.

    Lucas Rodríguez López (verified owner)

    I have no words…this paddle it’s amazing and stunning. Comparing with my other paddles allows me to advance a little more with each stroke and make a few more strokes per minute.
    It is a Wonder of the World of SUP.

  3. Amazing Paddle

    keith conway

    I have been using the Hydro for 2 years and now I’m using the Flow-x and it is even better. Did not think it was possible to raise the bar but these guys totally nailed it. Significant difference in tracking.

  4. Super fast, super light!

    Susanne Eder-Meyer

    This paddle is really super light and super fast.. and I want to spend some words here on comparing it to the Hydro which is as well a perfect paddle! In my opinion, the FlowX behaves different compared to the Hydro and I needed to adjust the paddle technique to it – so it’s not just exchanging the paddles and you get faster. Biggest difference is however the great stability and power during the pulling phase and much tougher catch for the FlowX. I still think that I need some more time to really use the full potential of the FlowX, but – although it is a little bit smaller than my Hydro, I can already paddle faster with it. This paddle has an incredible potential once you adjust to it 🙂

  5. Hydro FlowX- One of a Kind Paddle!

    Jose M. Garcia-Lopez (verified owner)

    This new paddle is truly something! I love my Hydro paddles and have been my go to paddles for over 3 years as they have helped me significantly in improving my stroke efficiency while protecting my left shoulder which suffers from chronic biceps and deltoid tendonitis. The new Hydro FlowX paddle pushes efficiency and cleanliness of your paddle stroke even further, basically eliminating any wobble while the paddle is in the water, resulting in more power while protecting your shoulder. The feel of this paddle is different and can take a bit to get used to but once you do the increase in power, speed and cleanliness is remarkable. Highly recommend it! Thank you Chris for improving on an already amazing product and moving the sport forward!

  6. Stability and Control

    Stuart Holmes

    After my last review, felt it important to add that I actually ripped off my right pectoral a few years back. Recovering from that is how I got into SUP. I never had it reattached though and with all my other paddles I have always struggled to control the flutter on that side since I can’t stabilise properly. I wanted to add that I haven’t had that issue with this paddle! Even on my weak side the stroke is extremely smooth and I feel in control at all times which says a lot for the design!

  7. Super smooth high performance - high octane paddle

    Stoke on the Water – Joel

    For those of you that already love everything about the Hydro paddle seeking that extra horse power – this is what you are looking for. This paddle is surprisingly light, super smooth, but delivers a power punch to your paddle stroke!

  8. Incredible paddle, service and advice!

    Stuart Holmes

    I had originally planned to buy a Lava but after talking to Chris and the service I received, I ended up upgrading to the Hydro FlowX….and I’m glad I did. All my paddles so far have been top of the range but the difference in catch, release and smoothness throughout the stroke is incredible. My cadence increased immediately but with less strain required per stroke. A paddle and a company i would not hesitate to recommend!

  9. The Hydro Flow X is an Amazing Paddle!

    John Troppmann

    So light with a great “purchase” on the catch and super stable through the power phase. Nice boost on the release as well. I did 10, 100 yard sprints, 5 with each paddle and my max speed was 3/10mph faster when compared with the Hydro. You always wonder if the effort is greater because you want the new paddle to be faster, but my stroke rate was consistent and my “perceived exertion” felt the same. This was all done in 26 degree (F) air temp and 43 degree water. Can’t wait to try it in warmer conditions, but that will be a few months here in North Idaho! Chris has nailed it on this one!

  10. New Hydro FlowX is a game changer!

    Jim N.

    You will have to try this paddle to understand how silky smooth and powerful it is. Chris and the team at BP have somehow managed to make a paddle that is, not only faster and lighter, but it is a pleasure to paddle. The catch is super solid but not jarring and you can feel the power building all the way through the stroke until the shaft releases its bend and gives you a final burst of acceleration. I just got back from my fourth paddle session and about 40 miles in conditions ranging from dead calm to 15mph winds with light chop and have loved every mile with this paddle. I’m excited to see how much faster I can go when races start up again.

  11. Hydro FlowX... What a machine!


    My first BP paddle and I’m in love!!!
    Much stronger catch then my other paddles, very stable in the water,…
    An amazing paddle for fine female hands, the slim shaft in combination with the Hydro FlowX is just a machine!
    Soooo lightweight, it’s a party to paddle with.
    I’m a big fan, this is definitely my best paddle ever!!

  12. Next step in Hydro evolution

    Fred Snyder

    Started with a Hydro L, then went to a Hydro XL, now to the Hydro FlowX XL, the next step in Hydro Evolution. Better water release, stronger catch throughout the power band. lightest weight yet, shaft seems to have a little bit better grip, faster cadence as it pulls so easy, my favorite paddle to date. Oh, it is also gorgeous to look at!

  13. Beautiful Attention to Detail - Hydro FlowX

    Daniel Pena (verified owner)

    Definitely a noticeable paddle experience with more catch and power. No flutter just stable and smooth strokes.
    Beautiful attention to detail, the initial weight once you have it in hand and its appearance is amazing.


    Michaël Rasborn

    Wow… this is SO much more powerful than the previous Hydro Large… almost got carried away on headwindy/chop 3.5 mile Sat… 2 minutes faster in the end, after a rest hit 9.5mph burst sprint. Wow… such grip; kept accelerating my stroke fantastic !!!!! Sunday. 16.5 miles lake dam buoys and back = in 3h12m… (3h7m44s is current pr) windy all the way upwind for 8 miles and boat wake… then winds shifted round on return for more headwind paddling, raising my HR 10-15 bpm! Thank you for the amazing innovative cool product.

  15. Hydro FlowX Review Downwind, Flatwater & Surfing

    Bill Silliman

    The Hydro FlowX feels great. Has a lot of catch and power. I’ve had time for Flat water, choppy water, side shop, upwind, downwind, and surfing. After all of these no fatigue, the medium shaft feels really good has a ton of flex more than I’m used to with the slim shaft but with less fatigue at the end of sessions. As stated earlier the catch and power is seriously off the charts. The times I’m getting on same runs in flat, downwind and mix conditions are faster than average. The paddle is automatic… meaning you don’t have to correct your stroke as much and focus in paddling form more and less on paddle control. Even in the crazy surf sprints on a 14’er!

  16. Hydro FlowX Ocean Testing Upwind-Downwind

    Bill Silliman

    Got the Hydro FlowX today in the Florida Keys 🏝 and I dunno what tech voodoo you’ve done to make the Hydro better…. but y’all did! I’ll admit I was skeptical on if this was gimmick or real tech. But today in the FL Keys it’s blowing 25-30 and I hit the water for a 2 mile tuneup paddle. 1 mile into the wind and 1 mile with the wind. On scooped out paddles I’ve personally had an issue with them Fluttering. Hence why I moved to the a Hydro paddle. But man hammering into the wind and waves today the Hydro FlowX didn’t even flutter once! Solid stable strokes with noticeable power behind it. Then I’m down wind (surf conditions) I’ve had issues again with scooped paddles fluttering when your hammering/sprinting to catch a wave and the Hydro FlowX was Stable and Solid! Wow 😳 the Hydro FlowX is No Joke and somehow lighter than my Hydro Slim Paddle. Super Stoked by this Paddle that I’m seriously heading out again right now!

  17. Smooooother, lighter, FASTER....This paddle is AMAZING!

    Wendy Tillett

    I have been using The Black Project Hydro paddle for the past 2 years. As a smaller paddler, my blade size has been x-small and then this summer I was curious to know weather going up to a small would make a difference. I happily paddled well into the fall, satisfied with my choice. And THEN this happened: The HYDRO FlowX was born and presented to the world! This paddle is AMAZING…it is lighter (how could this even be?), it is so, so smooooooth and it moves through the water with ease and power! I have switched back to an x-small paddle and that is all I need. 2021 SUP season here I come:)

  18. Smooth and Strong

    Steve Axt (verified owner)

    Coming from the Hydro of same length and medium blade size, the X in my hands has completely done away with any noisy, cavitating catches. The catch is buttery smooth and then strongly locked in. With the blade locked, I can now focus on improving my mid to late stroke phase. The AFT feature and longer throat of the blade has me wanting to go about an inch deeper in the water than previously with the Hydro, again nudging me towards my goal of improving mid-stroke power. Taken together, I’m convinced that the Hydro FlowX is simply the best tool at hand to up my average and top speeds.

  19. Easy Speed

    Steve Phillips (verified owner)

    Magic. I was skeptical since the Hydro is the best paddle I’ve ever used, but the Hydro FlowX is noticeably better. The blade seems to plant itself and stay planted. The catch is slightly softer and easier on the joints, but very solid. I’m able to grab the water and propel the board past the blade with little to no slippage and with remarkable speed for the effort. Easy speed. Almost feels like cheating. I plan to enjoy this advantage while I can before everyone switches. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about a piece of SUP race equipment.

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