HYDRO FLOW-X

RACING, ENDURANCE, TOURING & FITNESS

The original game changing SUP paddle which introduced AFT and DPS technologies and the TEXCARBON 30T construction. The Hydro FlowX is a lightweight, powerful & responsive SUP paddle for medium to long-distance racing and touring. Developed for speed and comfort it has become the paddle of choice for elite and national level racers including world champions Seychelle Webster and Arthur Arutkin. It was used by Niek van der Linde to set the 24-hour world record demonstrating that the Hydro FlowX enables you to paddle faster, for longer with reduced fatigue.

SIZES:

XL | LARGE | MEDIUM | SMALL | EXTRA-SMALL

BEST FOR:

PROFESSIONAL PADDLERS, ADVANCED PADDLERS, MIDDLE & LONG-DISTANCE PADDLING, RACES OVER 5KM.

WHY CHOOSE THIS PADDLE?

The Hydro FlowX SUP paddle is a game-changer. The fastest and lightest paddle we’ve ever built for medium to long-distance, the Hydro FlowX delivers a reimagined paddling experience that is smoother, easier, and ultimately faster – especially over longer distances.

The neck of the blade features an innovative design – Advanced Flow Technology (AFT) – that reduces turbulence to significantly increase paddle efficiency and enhance smoothness. The Deep Power Scoop (DPS) on the blade face works in harmony with our AFT to deliver increased power in a more controlled and fluid stroke. Additionally, the moderate blade angle of 9.3° makes for a slightly easier catch.

The result is a first-of-its-kind, three-dimensional paddle design that enables you to paddle faster, for longer, with less effort while protecting your body from injury. The extreme speed and endurance capabilities of this paddle were demonstrated by Niek van der Linde, who used the HydroFlowX to set the 24-hour SUP distance world record – paddling 204 kilometers (126 miles) in 24 hours at the 2021 SUP11City Nonstop race.

To achieve the optimal balance, flex, and weight ratios, we overhauled our construction and introduced new materials with a redesigned carbon layup. Despite having a higher blade volume, the Hydro FlowX is approximately 4% lighter (starting at 340 gr. / 12 oz.) than an equivalent size of the original Hydro, thanks to its TEXCARBON 30T construction.

We set out to make the most technologically advanced paddle which would revolutionize the way people think about paddles altogether – The Hydro FlowX is that paddle.

WHY CHOOSE THIS PADDLE?

The Hydro FlowX SUP paddle is a game-changer. The fastest and lightest paddle we’ve ever built for medium to long-distance, the Hydro FlowX delivers a reimagined paddling experience that is smoother, easier, and ultimately faster – especially over longer distances.

The neck of the blade features an innovative design – Advanced Flow Technology (AFT) – that reduces turbulence to significantly increase paddle efficiency and enhance smoothness. The Deep Power Scoop (DPS) on the blade face works in harmony with our AFT to deliver increased power in a more controlled and fluid stroke. Additionally, the moderate blade angle of 9.3° makes for a slightly easier catch.

The result is a first-of-its-kind, three-dimensional paddle design that enables you to paddle faster, for longer, with less effort while protecting your body from injury. The extreme speed and endurance capabilities of this paddle were demonstrated by Niek van der Linde, who used the HydroFlowX to set the 24-hour SUP distance world record – paddling 204 kilometers (126 miles) in 24 hours at the 2021 SUP11City Nonstop race.

To achieve the optimal balance, flex, and weight ratios, we overhauled our construction and introduced new materials with a redesigned carbon layup. Despite having a higher blade volume, the Hydro FlowX is approximately 4% lighter (starting at 340 gr. / 12 oz.) than an equivalent size of the original Hydro, thanks to its TEXCARBON 30T construction.

We set out to make the most technologically advanced paddle which would revolutionize the way people think about paddles altogether – The Hydro FlowX is that paddle.

SUPERIOR QUALITY & PERFORMANCE

SUPERIOR QUALITY & PERFORMANCE

PADDLE TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES

ADVANCED FLOW TECHNOLGY (AFT)

  • A completely re-imagined design.
  • Increases blade efficiency through the water. 
  • Locks blade in to eliminate lateral movements.
  • Creates a smooth, consistent and efficient stroke.

DEEP POWER SCOOP (DPS)

  • Single deep scoop design with dihedral edges.
  • Delivers a powerful, efficient and smooth paddle stroke.
  • Increased power enables the use of smaller blade sizes.
  • Works in harmony with AFT.

100% TEXALIUM & CARBON SHAFT  

  • The original TEXCARBON shaft is built with pre-preg Texalium and 24T pre-preg carbon.
  • Textured finish increases grip while being gentle on the hands.
  • Delivers excellent performance, very low weight, and a near-zero failure rate.
  • Increased UV resistance which reduces carbon fatigue and increases paddle longevity.
  • Reflective silver finish helps to keep paddle cool in hot climates.
  • Exceptional impact resistance.

POWER GRIP HANDLE

  • Long lasting comfort for racing and touring.
  • Improved connection between hand and paddle increases power.
  • Hollow pre-prep carbon construction for reduced weight. 

SLIM & REGULAR DIAMETER SHAFT ALTERNATIVES

  • 26.5mm (Slim) shaft on Medium, Small and Extra-Small blade sizes.
  • 29mm (Regular) shaft available for XL, large, Medium and Small blade sizes.

CARBON REINFORCED ROUNDED EDGES

  • We added extra carbon reinforcement to the blades edges.
  • All edges are rounded with smooth transitions.
  • Reduces or eliminates board damage.
  • Increased paddle strength.
  • Rounded edges are safer.

SLIM-LINE BLADE/SHAFT JOINT

  • Smooth edges prevents board damage.
  • Reduces drag through the water.
  • Sleek and efficient transition between shaft and blade.
  • Reduces blade weight.

MODERATE 9.3° BLADE ANGLE

  • Promotes smooth blade entry.
  • Ideally suited for medium and longer distance paddling. 

FIVE BLADE SIZES

  • Extra-Large: 616cm² / 96 in²  |  For 90 - 110 kg / 200 - 245 lbs
  • Large: 568cm² / 88 in²  |  For 80 - 100 kg / 175 - 220 lbs
  • Medium: 530cm² / 82 in²  |  For 70 - 90 kg / 155 - 200 lbs
  • Small: 491cm² / 76 in²  |  For 60 - 80 kg / 130 - 175 lbs
  • Extra-Small: 457cm² / 71 in²  |  For 50 - 70 kg / 110 - 155 lbs

3-PIECE TRAVEL OPTION AVAILBLE

  • The shaft has 2 x HEX joints.
  • Built to your desired length. 
  • Looks and paddles like a 1-piece paddle.
  • Complete with 3-piece paddle bag.
  • Ideal for travel.
  • Ideal for storage.

THE LIGHTEST RACE PADDLE

  • All unnecessary weight removed. 
  • Example: Medium that’s cut to 74″ (188cm) is only 14.1 oz (399 gr).
  • Reduced weight translates into improved paddling experience. 
  • Reduced weight is good for your body.

POWER SCOOP
TECHNOLOGY (PST)

The Hydro FlowX features a single deep scoop design with dihedral shaped edges. This design increases stroke power and delivers forward thrust in a smooth and controlled manner. PST is designed to work in harmony with Advanced Flow Technology (AFT).

ADVANCED FLOW TECHNOLOGY (AFT)

The proprietary Advanced Flow Technology (AFT) is designed to significantly increase paddle efficiency. By reducing fluid turbulence around the blade, unwanted lateral blade movements are eliminated. This increased efficiency leads to a smoother paddle stroke, reduced fatigue, and faster speeds. AFT is designed to work in harmony with our Power Scoop Technology (PST).

POWERGRIP
HANDLE

The PowerGrip has been optimized for maximum power, increased efficiency, and long-lasting comfort while paddling hard. Developed in collaboration with world champion Arthur Arutkin and Maui waterman Bernd Roediger, the wider and flatter back creates a secure feel that remains comfortable during longer races and workouts. Like all our handles, the PowerGrip is hollow to help eliminate any excess weight.

DESIGNED & BUILT FOR RACING

The Surge was designed to meet the specific demands of SUP surfing, it has become the paddle of choice for many competitive and recreational SUP surfers worldwide. We set out to create the best SUP surfing paddle on the market—the Surge is that paddle. At the end of the day, we’re SUP surfers too and that inspires what we do.

DESIGNED & BUILT
FOR RACING

The Hydro FlowX was designed to meet the specific demands of SUP racing; it has become the paddle of choice for many competitive and recreational SUP racers worldwide. We set out to create the best SUP racing and touring paddle on the market—the Hydro FlowX is that paddle. When not in the office or developing equipment, we love to train hard and challenge our own physical limits, we’re paddlers too and that inspired what we do.

DEEP POWER SCOOP (DPS) TECHNOLOGY

The Hydro FlowX features a single deep power scoop (DPS) design with dihedral shaped edges. This design increases stroke power and delivers forward thrust in a smooth and controlled manner. PST is designed to work in harmony with Advanced Flow Technology (AFT).

MODERATE 9.3°
BLADE ANGLE

The Hydro FlowX has a moderate 9.3° blade angle to help promote a smooth and efficient entry which is ideally suited to middle and longer distance paddling.

ADVANCED FLOW TECHNOLOGY (AFT)

Featuring a completely reimagined design, the Hydro FlowX is a paddle unlike any other. At first glance, your eyes will pop at the feature on the neck of the blade––an innovative new design that we call Advanced Flow Technology (AFT). It is designed to significantly increase paddle efficiency and smoothness by reducing turbulence and unwanted blade movements.

26.5mm & 29mm
SHAFT OPTIONS

Available in both standard (29mm) diameter and slim (a.k.a reduced) diameter (26.5mm) options, the Hydro FlowX can be customized to suit your personal preferences. The 29mm shaft is typically preferred by taller and heavier paddlers while smaller and lighter paddlers often opt for the 26.5mm shaft variation. All sizes are available in 1-piece or 3-piece (2 x HEX joints / custom built to your length) options. 

TEXALIUM, KEVLAR & 30T CARBON CONSTRUCTION

The Hydro FlowX paddle is equipped with a 100% Texalium and Carbon shaft, the increased impact resistance of Texalium helps protect paddles against breakage. The silver finish reflects UV rays, reducing sun damage and keeping the shaft cooler on the water. Meanwhile, the textured shaft also enhances grip, while still being gentle on the hands. We paired this shaft with a blade and handle built in a red kevlar and 30T carbon construction for a unique and sleek aesthetic. On the inside, the laminates are optimized to increase strength and reduce weight, while maintaining an optimized flex required in a high-performance racing paddle.

THE LIGHTEST
SUP RACING PADDLE

Due to its design, the Hydro FlowX cannot be made in the same way as other ‘normal’ paddles. We overhauled our construction to achieve the optimal balance, flex, and weight ratios. To reduce overall weight, we reworked our laminate layups with a mix of carbon and Kevlar pre-preg laminates. We also introduced 30T carbon – a strong but lightweight carbon that’s 25% lighter than our previous material. Despite the increase in overall blade volume, the Hydro FlowX is the lightest and strongest paddle we’ve ever made. For example, a Hydro FlowX Medium with a Medium75-Slim shaft that’s cut to 74″ (188cm) is only 14.1 ounces (399 grams). This reduced weight translates into an improved paddling experience, while also being easier on your body.

FEATURED HYDRO FLOW-X VIDEOS

PADDLE FASTER FOR LONGER, WITH LESS EFFORT.

SPECIFICATIONS AND SIZING

We don’t think you need to be an expert paddler to enjoy the benefits of a custom paddle. In fact, it’s why we offer the Hydro FlowX in five blade sizes, two shaft diameters and a range of flex options to best suit your specific paddling needs. Choosing the right paddle might seem daunting at first, but don’t worry, we made it easy to identify which is the best option for your optimal paddling experience. 



EXTRA-LARGE

LARGE

MEDIUM

SMALL

EXTRA-SMALL

Size (cm2)616568530491457
Size (in2)9688827671
Shaft Diameter (mm)292929 or 26.529 or 26.526.5
Shaft Options:Stiff50 / Medium75Stiff50 / Medium75Stiff50 / Medium75Medium75 / Medium100Medium100
Max Width (mm/in)189.7 / 7.47177.8 / 7.00171.4 / 6.75161.4 / 6.35152.4 / 6.00
Blade Length (mm/in)529.9 / 20.86521.9 / 20.55518.4 / 20.41511.4 / 20.13505.4 / 19.90
Paddler Weight (KG)90 - 11080 - 10070 - 9060 - 8050 - 70
Paddler Weight (lbs)200 - 245175 - 220155 - 200130 - 175110 - 155

SHAFT STIFFNESS

This table is not designed to be a one-size-fits-all solution, shaft choice will depend on the paddler’s preference, height, and any previous injury. The recommended column is suitable for most people. If you are taller than average for your weight, consider a stiffer option and if you are shorter than average for your weight consider a more flexible paddle shaft. If you need help in selecting the right shaft flex, please view our 5-step guide, the FAQs or contact us.

Weight
(kg / lbs)

Recommended

Alternative

45 - 55 / 99 - 121MEDIUM100SOFT150
56 - 60 / 123 - 132MEDIUM100MEDIUM75
61 - 65 / 134 - 143MEDIUM75MEDIUM100
66 - 75 / 145 - 165MEDIUM75None
76 - 85 / 167 - 187MEDIUM75None
86 - 90 / 189 - 198MEDIUM75STIFF50
91 - 95 / 200 - 209STIFF50MEDIUM75
96 - 100 / 211 - 220STIFF50None
101 - 106 / 222 - 233STIFF50None

SUP PADDLE LENGTH FOR RACING, ENDURANCE, TOURING & FITNESS

This table is not designed to be a one-size-fits-all solution, and recommended lengths may vary by approximately 1″ (2.5cm) depending on the paddler’s preference. It’s easier to cut your paddle down than to glue on more shaft (especially with our hot glue construction), so we err on the side of caution by recommending the longer end of the spectrum.

Height (ft / cm / in)

RECREATIONAL TOURING & RACING

ADVANCED OR PRO RACING (REGULAR BOARDS)

ADVANCED OR PRO RACING (DUGOUT BOARDS)

 5′ / 60 / 15268 / 17366 / 16865 / 165
5′ 1″ / 61 / 15569 / 17567 / 17066 / 168
5′ 2″ / 62 / 15770 / 17868 / 17367 / 170
5′ 3″ / 63 / 16071 / 18069 / 17568 / 173
5′ 4″ / 64 / 16372 / 18370 / 17869 / 175
5′ 5″ / 65 / 16573 / 18571 / 18070 / 178
5′ 6″ / 66 / 16874 / 18872 / 18371 / 180
5′ 7″ / 67 / 17075 / 19173 / 18572 / 183
5′ 8″ / 68 / 17376 / 19374 / 18873 / 185
5′ 9″ / 69 / 17577 / 19675 / 19174 / 188
5′ 10″ / 70 / 17878 / 19876 / 19375 / 191
5′ 11″ / 71 / 18079 / 20177 / 19676 / 193
6′ / 72 / 18380 / 20378 / 19877 / 196
 6′ 1″ / 73 / 18581 / 20679 / 20178 / 198
 6′ 2″ / 74 / 18882 / 20880 / 20379 / 201
 6′ 3″ / 75 / 19183 / 21181 / 20680 / 203
6′ 4″ / 76 / 19384 / 21382 / 20881 / 206
6′ 5″ / 77 / 19685 / 21683 / 21182 / 208
6′ 6″ / 78 / 19886 / 21884 / 21383 / 211

COMPARE PADDLES FOR:
SUP RACING, TOURING & FITNESS

What started as project-X to mark out tenth anniversay, with one paddle has developed into a collection of innovative paddles to match the diverse SUP paddling community. The original Hydro FlowX is now complemented by the Hydro SprintX and Hydro TempoX. Explore our collection of racing, touring and fitness orientated carbon sup paddles to find which one is best for you – Which Hydro?



HYDRO SPRINT-X

HYDRO FLOW-X

HYDRO TEMPO-X

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 HighMedium to HighMedium to High
Sizes AvailableXL, Large, Medium & SmallXL, Large, Medium, Small & XSXL, Large, Medium & Small
ShaftTEXCARBONTEXCARBONREFLEX100 or REFLEX90
Shaft TypePowerTaperRoundRound
Handle OptionsPowerGripPowerGripPowerGrip
ConstructionTEXCARBON 30TTEXCARBON 30TREFLEX100
Options1-Piece1-Piece & 3-Piece Travel1-Piece, 2-Piece Adjustable & 3-Piece Travel Adjustable
3-Piece Join TypeN/A2 x HEX1 x HEX
Blade Angle (degrees)7.5°9.33°10°
Weight (gr / oz)From 375 / 13.2From 340 / 12.0From 450 / 15.9
Warranty1yr1yr1yr
USA Retail (Ex Tax)$625$625From $400
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WHICH HYDRO?

WITH THREE PADDLES IN THE HYDRO COLLECTION, HOW DO YOU SELECT THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOUR PADDLING NEEDS?

PADDLE DESIGN
RE-IMAGINED

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NOT SURE HOW TO CHOOSE A SUP PADDLE?

5-STEP GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR NEW SUP 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 to determine the best paddle for them. This five-step guide explains the science of how paddles work so you can confidently choose the right paddle for your needs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We have collated some of the most frequently asked questions about SUP racing, touring and fitness, and the Hydro FlowX paddle in specific. If your question is not covered, on this page, in the 5-step guide or in these FAQs, you are encouraged to reach out to us for a personal consultation or support.

Yes, our Hydro FlowX paddles are assembled with hot glue, this means that you can easily shorten. This is particularly useful if you move to different board or change focus. 

Bt far the most popular size of blade is the Medium which is 530cm² / 82 in². This is what the majority of our athletes use. Be sure to refer to sizing table to select the right size for your weight.

The Medium and Small blades are available in either the Slim (26.5mm / RDS) or Regular (29mm / SDS) shaft variations. The shaft flex is the same and choosing between the options is personal preference. Smaller paddlers and/or those with smaller hands tend to enjoy the thinner 26.5mm grip while bigger paddlers and/or those with bigger hands tend to prefer the Standard 29mm shaft.

When ordering via our website the Hydro FlowX paddle is supplied complete with our Paddle Bag, it is not a free bag and some US and international retailers do sell the paddle without the bag at an adjusted price. We strongly recommend that you protect your investment with a quality padded bag, ideally a Black Project one.

Yes, if your local SUP store is an official Black Project retail partner they will be able to arrange your new paddle. If they are not currently one of our retailers you can either buy online or ask them to get in contact with us. Refer to our Dealer Locator map to find your closest store.

We ship from our Maui workshop via FedEx 2-Day shipping to all 50 states, we do not charge for this service. We also offer low shipping rates worldwide via FedEx International Economy.

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your new paddle. If something goes wrong, we are here to help resolve any issues in a fast and effective manner. Please contact us for support.
Thanks to our innovative designs, quality manufacturing and attention to detail, our paddles have a very low failure rate. For your peace of mine, we have a standard 1-year warranty to cover faulty manufacturing. Thanks to hot glue assembly it is possible to replace any damaged parts. If you feel that you have an issue which you feel should be covered, please contact us for support.