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

Hydro FlowX

(33 customer reviews)

$600.00

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

Hydro FlowX

(33 customer reviews)

$600.00

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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33 reviews for Hydro FlowX

  1. get this paI can't wait to ddle ! Its going to be so much better than my Ohana .I just have 1 more week till it gets shipped . Chris has been doing a great job of keeping me in formed about it through the build .

    JOHN DUNBAR

    I can”t wait to get this paddle! Its going to be so much better than my Ohana .I just have 1 more week till it gets shipped . Chris has been doing a great job of keeping me in formed about it through the build ,and I’m so stoked!! Don’t worry about the price quality costs and I’ve never regretted buying quality ! No one ever died saying “gee i wish i had worked more and paddle less “.

  2. Hydro FlowX totally great

    Dave Enger

    It looked like the Hydro FlowX would be an improvement over the Hydro I’ve been paddling. I had no idea how better Hydro FlowX would turn out to be ( and the old Hydro 88 was, by a good bit, my favorite paddle). The New FlowX catches better & pulls straighter. These added up to more speed & distance per stroke.

  3. HYDRO FLOW X-ELLENT

    Brian Hartman

    If your looking for a race paddle the HYDRO FLOW X is it. It is night and day compared to the competition in every aspect. NOT A GIMMICK!!!!

  4. It’s just the best paddle I’ve ever used.

    Sergio Antas (verified owner)

    I’m a 47 yo paddler, and far from a pro. However, the difference I felt in the efficiency of my stroke is just overwhelming. The catch is perfect, the power I now feel in every stroke is simply amazing and the feeling I now get from every ride is if as I get better and better each time. Just try one. I bet you won’t be able to resist to order one immediately.

  5. Best Long Distance and Race Paddle!

    Ernie Ward (verified owner)

    Best paddle I’ve used for training and racing over the past 12 years! Less fatigue, soreness, and faster! I’ve had Naish and QB; this is next level!

  6. SOPHISTICATED AND SMOOTH

    Christopher Burns

    I have had the new paddle for about a month. My older Black Project paddle was excellent but this one surpasses it. Better catch. Very smooth on the pull. Light. I am a huge fan of Black Project and highly recommend the paddle.

  7. I paddle a lot !

    Niall Colquhoun

    It’s light, it’s strong, it increases my speed & I can paddle more.
    Buy one now.

  8. Game Changer

    Lauren Flowers

    Wow! I knew that paddles are important to your development as a paddler but I had no idea how considerable that change can be…until Hydro FlowX. The slick almost weightless catch, the drive feels powerful, productive, and fast; the release…effortless, and the recovery is clean, fluid, and initially caught me off balance a bit because I was not accustomed to the featherlike weight and had to adjust my expectation in order to remain consistent. I am in my second season of race training, I am 50 and while in pretty good shape I was not expecting to start my season with the fastest mile I’ve ever done without being on the water in months and I certainly didn’t expect to not “feel” every stroke the next day…I was energized, pain-free, and amazed! Absolutely worth the investment…this is one purchase that I will never regret!

  9. Incredible Paddle, With Less Fatigue

    Patrick Monahan

    After trying-out multiple paddles, over a four month period, and speaking with Chris Freeman at Black Project, I decided to purchase the Hydro Flow X paddle. Generally, I paddle three to four times per week, averaging 6 to 8 miles. There are quite a few things that stand-out about the Flow X Paddle. My stroke rate per minute increased from about 50 strokes to approximately 56 strokes per minute. The shaft is flexible and design of the blade ( I Paddle a Slim Shaft, with a Medium 82 Blade) have increased my power through the stroke, with essentially no flutter. Also, I’ve noticed minimized fatigue during longer workouts, and reduce strain in my shoulders, thus no worries about possible injury. If anyone in considering purchasing a new paddle, I would stronger recommend contacting Chris Freeman, and discuss which Black Project a paddle would best suit your requirements.

  10. Insanely Awesome. your just getting a paddle or fin.

    Marty Buzas

    Before I rave about how cutting edge this paddle is, I want to take a second and mention how incredible the customer service is. At BPP your not a number or a decimal point. Chris and the team at BPP truly care that you/us the SUP community are receiving exactly what we need. In my book that is worth the weight in gold.
    On to the paddle. Starting with the shaft. No more Wet or sweaty hand sliding down the shaft when you dig in. The shaft has a unique anti slip gripping surface. Kinda like shark skin. Love it. Looking forward to humidity lol. Blade cuts through the water effortlessly. I was able to increase my speed and strokes with substantial decrease in fatigue.
    I know exactly what my mile times and how many strokes it to me to achieve that mile. This paddle has knocked significant time and effort off of my miles.
    I strongly suggest this paddle to anyone interested in moving over a lot of water. Basically all users you will not be disappointed.

  11. Unbelievably light. Like wizards made it.

    HB (verified owner)

    I have been paddling weekly since I received the HydroX in January (super fast shipping!) and it is by far the best thing I have purchased in recent memory. Super light and fantastic to use for long paddles and sprint workouts. XS is great for me as a lighter paddler – my strokes still feel powerful but I noticed less shoulder fatigue after 15-20km. Looking forward to increasing my mileage and speed with this paddle in 2021!

  12. Ultra fast ! As The delivering in France and as the Paddle !!!

    nicolas de la fuente (verified owner)

    I had an hydro 88 before and i have bought this Hydro FlowX in XL (95,5) . I wasn’t sure of my choice but I have paddled today 32km with it and it was a real pleasure and none hurt. Very powerful paddle which I can go easily to 9,6/10 km/h. Thanks a lot for that !!

  13. Ultra fast ! The delivering in France and the Paddle !!! 🤣💪🏽

    nicolas de la fuente (verified owner)

    I had a Hydro Large before and I have bought this Hydro FlowX in XL. I wasn’t sure of my choice but I have paddled today 32km with it and it was a real pleasure and none hurt. Very powerful paddle which I can go easily to 9,6/10 km/h. Thanks a lot for that !!

  14. Paddle delivers on its promise

    Mark Staal

    This paddle is my best buy ever in SUP. I have a history of shoulder problems, but this paddle is amazing. It has a firm stable catch, no wobble whatsoever. It plants really well. And then I expected to feel a lot of force on my body like my other paddles, but no, the power delivery is super smooth and stable. So it really is easier on the body. With this paddle I want to paddle faster and longer so it’s great for racing but also superb for cruising with the grippy texcarbon. The service from Chris was exceptional with choosing paddle and shaft combination. Compliments. I can recommend this paddle to anyone. it’s superb.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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 🙂

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. Hydro FlowX... What a machine!

    D.W.

    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!!

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. Incredible FlowX... SUCH POWERFUL CATCH... SUPERCHARGED!

    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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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:)

  32. 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.

  33. 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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