THE RIGHT PADDLE
WILL ENHANCE YOUR
PADDLING EXPERIENCE

SUP PADDLES DESIGNED AND BUILT TO PERFORM BETTER AND PROTECT YOUR BODY.

Designed to excel in all paddling conditions Black Project standup paddles are lightweight, powerful and efficient while being optimized to protect your body from injury.

Working with exotic materials our innovative designs will help you to improve your paddling performance and have more fun on the water. Our SUP paddle design philosophy is based on the notion that most people are currently using paddles which are not best suited to their needs. We strive to build better paddles and customize them to suit specific paddler needs on the water.

The Black Project SUP paddle collection has six models each with multiple sizes and options. We aim to ensure that all paddlers of all abilities and budgets can find a paddle suited to their unique needs on the water.

SUP PADDLE COLLECTION



HYDRO FlowX

SURGE

LAVA

OHANA

GROM

SCHOOL

Best For:Serious paddlers who want the very best performace for racing & touring with reduced fatigue.Paddlers who want to improve their SUP surfing & stay on the water longer & catch more waves.Paddling in a wide range of environments, surfing one day, cruising the next & racing at the weekendFor those who need a paddle for all occasions and the entire family. Feature packed at an attractive price.Designed for kids. Perfectly optimized for the next generation of paddlers so the they can progress quickly & safely.Designed to meet the needs of first time paddlers and SUP rental/school businesses.
Suitable For:Advanced to professional athletes.Advanced to
professional athletes.
Intermediate to
expert paddlers.
Beginner to
advanced paddlers.
Kids.Schools & rental centers.
Sizes AvailableXL, Large, Medium, Small & XSXL, Large, Medium, Small & XSLarge, Medium, SmallLarge, Medium, SmallXSLarge
ShaftTEXCARBON100TEXCARBON100REFLEX90REFLEX60FG100FG100
Shaft OptionsStandard & Reduced DiameterStandard & Reduced DiameterStandard & Reduced DiameterStandard & Reduced DiameterReduced DiameterStandard Diameter
Flex OptionsStiff50, Medium75 & Medium100Medium75, Medium100 & Soft150MediumMediumExtra SoftMedium
Handle OptionsPalmT or PalmT or PalmT or PalmPalmPalm
ConstructionTEXCARBON 30TTEXCARBON90% Carbon60% CarbonFiberglass shaft & 50% carbon blade.Fiberglass shaft with plastic handle & blade
Travel OptionYESYESYESYESNOYES
Blade Angle (degrees)9.33°10°10°10°
Weight (gr / oz)From 340 / 12.0From 350 / 12.35From 450 / 15.9From 550 / 19.4500 / 17.64790 / 27.9
Warranty1yr1yr1yr1yr1yr1yr
USA Retail (Ex Tax)From $550From $475From $300From $225$200.00From $150
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NOT SURE HOW TO CHOOSE
YOUR NEW PADDLE?

5-STEP GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR YOUR PADDLE.

LEARN ABOUT TYPES OF PADDLES, BLADE SIZE, SHAFT OPTIONS, HANDLES & PADDLE LENGTH SO THAT YOU CAN CONFIDENTLY CHOOSE & CUSTOMIZE YOUR NEW PADDLE.

Even the best SUP paddle isn’t ideal for all occasions. Paddlers need to consider a range of factors including their size to determine the best paddle for them. This five-step guide explains the science of paddles. You’ll learn about how paddles work and be able to confidently choose the right paddles(s) for your needs.​

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How To Measure SUP Paddle Shaft Stiffness

 Understanding shaft and SUP paddle flex will help you make an informed paddle buying decisions; remember that in general, heavier paddlers need a stiffer shaft whereas lighter paddlers need a softer shaft. To be able to compare shafts we need a precise way of measuring flex. By understanding how shafts bend under load we are able to fine tune your paddling experience. To measure the flex of our shafts we: Support the shaft at two pivot points 150cm apart. Apply 50kg of force to the center of the shaft. Measure the deflection in millimeters. What do the numbers mean? A shaft with a rating of 75 bends 75mm when the 50kg force is applied. What is considered a stiff, medium or soft shaft? Stiff = < 65 Medium = 65 to 105 Soft = > 105 Need help choosing a paddle? ASK A QUESTION Learn more about paddle and

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How Does Paddler Height & Weight Affect Shaft Flex Choice?

Too many paddlers are risking injury––because they’re using a paddle that isn’t tailored to their size and needs. And while paddle length and blade size get most of the attention when it comes to customization, shaft flex is just as important. Your height and weight makes a huge impact on the amount of shaft flex you generate, which in turn, makes a huge impact on your paddling comfort, board speed, fatigue and risk of injury. To better understand how to strike the optimal balance between paddle shaft rigidity and flex, this guide will explain some basic paddle physics concepts and answer your shaft questions. Learn more the benefits of smaller, shorter and softer paddles.  How Does Body Type Affect Shaft Flex? Let’s start with a quick physics experiment. Take an uncut paddle at 87 inches, hold it at the top and feel the flex as your bottom hand applies force

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Carbon SUP Paddles: How Innovative Design & Superior Materials Fuel Black Project’s Performance Advantage

The higher the carbon content, the better the paddle, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated. Typically, paddles with a higher carbon content are more expensive, lighter and offer faster reflex characteristics. By reducing weight, this allows the paddler to experience less fatigue and be less susceptible to overuse injuries. However, building a great paddle requires much more than carbon––it also requires innovative design, sound structural integrity, and ultra-efficient hydrodynamics. In fact, poorly designed carbon paddles are often too stiff and fragile, leading to sub-par performance and a shorter lifespan of the paddle. Remember, the goal should always be to optimize the paddling experience––not marketing objectives.  In this article, we will explain how Black Project engineers blend innovative paddle design with ultra-high-quality carbon, Texalium and Kevlar to build the strongest and lightest paddles on the market. Because to achieve an unparalleled paddling experience requires an unparalleled paddle construction, it is not just about

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Introducing the All-New Infinity FLASH Race Paddle by Black Project SUP

Norm-breaking, record-shattering, performance-driven––these are just a few of the factors that Dave Boehne (Infinity) and Chris Freeman (Black Project) consider when designing a new product. So what happens when standup paddling’s top performance board builder and highest-quality paddler maker team up and collaborate? They create a race paddle that is so fast, it can only be named––the FLASH. As an encore to their successful collaboration in 2019, Black Project and Infinity went back to the drawing board to build an even faster, lighter and smoother paddle. The FLASH meets those goals and more––a premium pro-level race blade that is ideal for paddlers ranging from professional racers to weekend warriors looking for an ultra-light, high-quality paddle. For more details, Infinity lead-designer Dave Boehne, Infinity athlete and APP World Tour Champion paddler Shae Foudy, and Black Project founder Chris Freeman share some insights about this collaboration and why the FLASH lives up its

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6 Things to Know About The Hydro REFLEX Paddle

Introducing the Hydro REFLEX SUP Paddle When you are in the heat of battle, knowing you’re armed with the superior paddle is a good feeling. Check that, it’s a great feeling. But while not everyone is ready to splurge for the best paddle in the sport, nobody should settle for mediocrity. To bridge the gap, we created the Hydro REFLEX. This paddle features all of the same cutting-edge, race-winning technology we put into the original Hydro, while using an alternate construction material. Our REFLEX construction consists of 100% carbon, but allows us to offer our top-line race paddle at a more attractive price point. To learn more about the Hydro REFLEX and what members of our paddling ohana are saying about it, here are five things you should know.   View 2021 Paddle Collection #1 – What makes the Hydro REFLEX different from the regular Hydro? The REFLEX version of the Hydro is

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The Benefits of Rounded Edges and Seamless Joints on a SUP Paddle

Safer, Lighter & Stronger SUP Paddles In the early days of SUP, there was one particular issue with paddles that really bothered us––the simple act of paddling was damaging our boards. Paddles with sharp edges and pronounced joints (which many brands still use) would cut into our boards, especially when using an unstable blade that’s prone to wobbling and bouncing off our rails. Eventually, these small impacts lead to big rail damage––both cosmetic and structural––which can affect both your paddling experience and resale value. To ensure our paddlers don’t run into those issues, we carefully design our paddles to protect both your board and body. Solution #1 – Rounded Paddle Blade Edges All of our paddles are designed with carbon-reinforced, rounded blade edges. While we experimented with using plastic ABS edges on our paddles, the carbon structure proved more reliable over time. The rounded edges do not damage your board and

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