We use a range of shaft options across the paddle collection, from the lightest, most exotic TEXCARBON to the cheapest and heaviest FG (Fiberglass).
TEXCARBON – New for 2019, produced with a combination of exotic materials such as Texalium and carbon fibers, our proprietary TEXCARBON construction offers lightest and highest performance shafts available in today’s market. These shafts have a textured finish. Made in the USA. Available on Hydro and Surge paddles.
PRO CARBON – Made with 100% high-grade carbon, these shafts have been the mainstay of our professional grade paddles for years. The material is reliable, lightweight and available in a range of stiffness options. These shafts have a textured finish. Made in the USA. (Production of these shafts will gradually phase out during 2019 as they are being replaced by the TEXCARBON option.) Available on Hydro and Surge paddles.
REFLEX 100 – Made with 100% carbon to offer excellent flex characteristics and low weight. The high carbon content makes these shafts stiffer than the lower carbon content options and therefore most suited to heavier paddlers and racers. These shafts have a smooth finish. Available on Hydro 3-piece and Hydro REFLEX paddles.
REFLEX 90 – Made with 90% carbon to offer excellent flex characteristics and light weight. These shafts have a medium flex rating and are ideal for most paddlers. These shafts have a smooth finish. Available on the Lava paddle.
REFLEX 60 – Made with 60% carbon to offer a softer feel and increased strength thanks to the added fiberglass. These are best suited to lighter and smaller paddlers using shorter paddles, and are ideal for families and those looking for a lower-priced paddle. These shafts have a smooth finish. Available on the Ohana paddle.
FG 100 – Made with 100% fiberglass to offer our softest feeling paddle. The fiberglass construction makes these exceptionally durable but this comes at the expense of increased weight and reduced responsiveness. We use these on our School paddle only which is ideal for families and newcomers to the sport. These shafts have a smooth matte painted finish. Available on the Grom and School paddles.
Our stiffness table below breaks down our recommendations. For shorter distances and sprinting, racers tend to prefer a stiffer shaft, while those paddling longer distanced enjoy the comfort of increased flex. For surfing a softer shaft helps you feel the wave better and enhances your paddle use while surfing. It’s important to note that as paddles get shorter the relative stiffness of any shaft increases. Keep in mind that a softer shaft will protect your body and help you paddle faster for longer.
If your paddle shaft is too stiff you may notice some or all of these symptoms:
If your paddle shaft is too soft you may notice some or all of these symptoms: