One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a standup paddler is deciding which paddle is right for you. While you don’t need to limit yourself to one paddle, you’ll still want to choose the best paddle to help you achieve a particular goal or experience. Our trio of high-performance SUP racing, touring and training paddles features the most innovative blade designs and top performance in the sport. While the Hydro FlowX was our original game-changing SUP race paddle, we’ve expanded the collection to include our lightning-fast Hydro SprintX for sprinting and our hyper-smooth Hydro TempoX for recreational flat-water paddlers. The question is: Which Hydro is best for you? To make the best decision, you’ll need to consider a few factors including skill level, paddling goals, injury history, budget, and paddling discipline—racing, sprinting, touring, etc. This quick guide to race and touring paddles is intended to help you make the
THE RIGHT PADDLE
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INNOVATIVE PADDLE DESIGNS TO MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE AND PROTECT YOUR BODY
INNOVATIVE PADDLE DESIGNS TO MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE AND PROTECT YOUR BODY
Too many people are still using outdated SUP paddles that aren’t suited to their unique needs on the water. Since 2011, we’ve made it our mission to ensure standup paddlers of all abilities and budgets have access to premium paddles that both PERFORM and PROTECT.
Black Project SUP paddles are lighter, stronger and more efficient. Carefully designed to deliver a smoother and more powerful stroke, paddlers will benefit from significantly improved performance, reduced fatigue, and better protection against injuries. This rare combination is the result of our cutting-edge R&D process that includes computational modeling, prototyping via 3D printers, and hours of testing and debriefing with our roster of professional paddlers.
We offer nine unique models, each with multiple sizes and options. No matter if you’re a racer, a surfer, or a first-time paddler—we’ve developed a SUP paddle to enhance your on-water experience.
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RACING, TOURING &
|Best For:||Competitive and professional racers looking maximum speed during sprint or short distance races.||Serious paddlers who want the very best performace for racing & touring with reduced fatigue.||Ideal for enthusiasts looking to take their flat water paddling to the next step.|
|Suitable For:||Advanced to professional athletes.||Advanced to professional athletes.||Intermediate to advanced paddlers|
|Ideal cadence:||High to Very High||Medium to High||Medium to High|
|Sizes Available||XL, Large, Medium & Small||XL, Large, Medium, Small & XS||XL, Large, Medium & Small|
|Shaft||TEXCARBON||TEXCARBON||REFLEX100 or REFLEX90|
|Construction||TEXCARBON 30T||TEXCARBON 30T||REFLEX100|
|Options||1-Piece||1-Piece & 3-Piece Travel||1-Piece & 3-Piece Travel|
|3-Piece Join Type||N/A||2 x HEX||1 x HEX|
|Blade Angle (degrees)||7.5°||9.33°||10°|
|Weight (gr / oz)||From 375 / 13.2||From 340 / 12.0||From 450 / 15.9|
|USA Retail (Ex Tax)||$625||$625||From $400|
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|Best For:||Paddlers who want to improve their SUP surfing & stay on the water longer & catch more waves.|
|Suitable For:||Advanced to professional athletes.|
|Sizes Available||XL, Large, Medium, Small & XS|
|Shaft Options||Standard & Reduced Diameter|
|Flex Options||Medium75, Medium100 & Soft150|
|Handle Options||T or Palm|
|Blade Angle (degrees)||8°|
|Weight (gr / oz)||From 350 / 12.35|
|USA Retail (Ex Tax)||From $550|
A WIDE RANGE OF
|Best For:||Paddling in a wide range of environments, surfing one day, cruising the next & racing at the weekend||For those who need a paddle for all occasions and the entire family. Feature packed at an attractive price.||Price sensitive customers looking for the benefits of carbon at an entry level price.||Designed for kids. Perfectly optimized for the next generation of paddlers so that they can progress quickly & safely.||Designed to meet the needs of first time paddlers and SUP rental/school businesses.|
|Suitable For:||Intermediate to advanced paddlers||New paddler to intermediate paddlers.||New paddler to intermediate paddlers.||Kids.||Schools & rental centers.|
|Sizes Available||L / M / M-Slim / S-Slim||L / M / M-Slim / S-Slim||L / M / M-Slim / S-Slim||XS||Large|
|Shaft Options||Fixed / Adj. / 3-piece||Fixed / Adj. / 3-piece||Adj.||Adj. / 3-piece||Adj. / 3-piece|
|Flex Options||Medium||Stiff50, Medium75 & Medium100||Medium75, Medium100 & Soft150||Extra Soft||Medium|
|Handle Options||T or Palm||T or Palm||Palm||Palm||Palm|
|Construction||90% Carbon||60% Carbon||35% Carbon||Fiberglass shaft & 50% carbon blade.||Fiberglass shaft with plastic handle & blade|
|Blade Angle (degrees)||10°||10°||10°||8°||10°|
|Weight (gr / oz)||From 450 / 15.9||From 550 / 19.4||From 600 / 21.2||500 / 17.64||790 / 27.9|
|USA Retail (Ex Tax)||From $350||From $275||$200||From $200.00||From $150|
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If you want to surf longer, catch more waves, and experience less fatigue with fewer injuries—a high-performance SUP surfing paddle is the best investment you can make. In fact, we’d argue that using a premium surf paddle is even more important than the SUP surfboard beneath your feet. That may sound like hyperbole, but it’s actually based on real-world feedback we’ve received from current Surge owners—many of whom have used our paddle to transform their SUP surfing experience. Lightweight and durable, the Surge combines exceptional power, blade stability and dynamic flex. The deep scooped dihedral blade shaping holds water securely through the power phase, while the TEXCARBON shaft provides unrivaled durability and flex for maximum performance. The smaller blade and increased flex is also easier on the body, allowing paddlers to surf longer, harder, and pain-free. To help you better understand how these innovative features translate into performance in the
Evan Le’s first exposure to standup paddling was similar to most people’s first time trying the sport––a rental shop. The only difference is he wasn’t even looking for a SUP when he showed up. “We were renting kayaks and they happened to be out of kayaks,” said Evan. “So I went with a paddleboard instead,” The experience stuck with him, and although he didn’t take another paddle stroke for three years, he finally purchased his first board in March 2021. Since that purchase, standup paddling has become his favorite hobby. Evan went from a 45-pound iSUP to a high-performance 14-foot race board in only four months. After upgrading to a Black Project Hydro FlowX paddle, Evan’s progression has continued to skyrocket. FINDING A WELCOMING AND POSITIVE COMMUNITY IN STANDUP PADDLING As part of a Standup for the Cure event, Evan paddled 25 miles in one day on the Williamette River.
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