HYDRO SPRINT-X

SPRINTING & SHORT DISTANCE RACING

The Hydro SprintX is used for sprinting and short distance racing by World Champions Arthur Arutkin, Seychelle Webster and Christian Anderson.

SIZES:

XL | LARGE | MEDIUM | SMALL

BEST FOR:

PROFESSIONAL PADDLERS, 200M SPRINT RACING, TECHNICAL RACING, RACES UNDER 5KM.

WHY CHOOSE THIS PADDLE?

The first paddle made specifically for sprinting and short-distance races. The Hydro SprintX was designed to help paddlers push their limits with maximum acceleration and top speed.

Every feature of this paddle is optimized for speed and winning races. With a 7.5° blade angle, a shallower power pocket, and a wider and more compact blade outline––your first stroke will generate an instant burst of acceleration. We also reduced the blade volume to speed up entry and exit, helping you maintain an extremely fast cadence for sprinting.

We designed the PowerTaper shaft with a high kick point flex pattern to keep stiffness in the lower portion of the shaft for instant power under extreme load, while the more flexible top section creates increased spring and reduces shoulder fatigue.

The new Power Grip ergonomic racing handle ensures that your hand remains secure during rapid paddling and comfortable during long training sessions. These two changes represent a significant upgrade on their own

Utilizing our Advanced Flow with Power Scoop technology and built with 30T carbon and Kevlar, this is the fastest and most responsive paddle on the market. If you are serious about winning, the Hydro SprintX belongs in your paddle quiver. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS PADDLE?

The first paddle made specifically for sprinting and short-distance races. The Hydro SprintX was designed to help paddlers push their limits with maximum acceleration and top speed.

Every feature of this paddle is optimized for speed and winning races. With a 7.5° blade angle, a shallower power pocket, and a wider and more compact blade outline––your first stroke will generate an instant burst of acceleration. We also reduced the blade volume to speed up entry and exit, helping you maintain an extremely fast cadence for sprinting.

We designed the PowerTaper shaft with a high kick point flex pattern to keep stiffness in the lower portion of the shaft for instant power under extreme load, while the more flexible top section creates increased spring and reduces shoulder fatigue.

The new Power Grip ergonomic racing handle ensures that your hand remains secure during rapid paddling and comfortable during long training sessions. These two changes represent a significant upgrade on their own

Utilizing our Advanced Flow with Power Scoop technology and built with 30T carbon and Kevlar, this is the fastest and most responsive paddle on the market. If you are serious about winning, the Hydro SprintX belongs in your paddle quiver. 

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.

SHALLOW POWER SCOOP (SPS)

  • Single shallow 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.

TEXALIUM & 30T CARBON SHAFT  

  • The upgraded TEXCARBON30T shaft is built with pre-preg Texalium and 30T 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. 

POWER TAPER SHAFT

  • Round tapered design from 29mm at the base to 23.5cmm at the handle.
  • High kick point flex pattern locks power in low down and offers more comfort with increased flex in the upper portion. 

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.

SHALLOW 7.5° BLADE ANGLE

  • Promotes high cadence paddling.
  • Encourages and shorter, more compact stroke, ideal for short distances.
  • Provides instant acceleration. 

FOUR BLADE SIZES

  • Extra-Large: 606cm² / 94 in²  |  For 90 - 110 kg / 200 - 245 lbs
  • Large: 565cm² / 88 in²  |  For 80 - 100 kg / 175 - 220 lbs
  • Medium: 530cm² / 82 in²  |  For 70 - 90 kg / 155 - 200 lbs
  • Small: 494cm² / 76.6 in²  |  For 60 - 80 kg / 130 - 175 lbs

LIGHT & STRONG

  • All unnecessary weight removed. 
  • Reduced weight translates into higher cadence. 
  • Built strong, failure is not an option during races.

POWER SCOOP
TECHNOLOGY (PST)

The Hydro SprintX features a single shallow scoop design with dihedral shaped edges. This design is optimized for high cadence and high-power output, and it 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 FOR
SHORT DISTANCE RACING

The Hydro SprintX was designed to meet the specific demands of short distance SUP racing; it has become the paddle of choice for many competitive SUP racers worldwide. We set out to create the best paddle for short distance racing, a specific paddle for sprinting and short distance which gives athletes an (unfair) advantage – the Hydro SprintX 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 inspires what we do.

SHALLOW POWER SCOOP (SPS) TECHNOLOGY

The Hydro SprintX features a single shallow scoop design with dihedral shaped edges. This design is optimized for high cadence and high-power output, and it delivers forward thrust in a smooth and controlled manner. PST is designed to work in harmony with Advanced Flow Technology (AFT).

SHALLOW 7.5°
BLADE ANGLE

The Hydro SprintX has a shallow 7.5° blade angle which promotes a high cadence and delivers instant power. It is ideally suited to short distance, technical and sprint racing.

ADVANCED FLOW TECHNOLOGY (AFT)

Featuring a completely reimagined design, the Hydro SprintX 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.

29-23.5mm
POWERTAPER SHAFT

We designed a new round tapered shaft (29m to 23.5mm). With a high kick point flex pattern this shaft design keeps stiffness in the lower portion of the shaft for instant power under extreme load, while the more flexible top section creates increased spring and reduces shoulder fatigue.

TEXALIUM, KEVLAR & 30T CARBON CONSTRUCTION

The Hydro SprintX paddle is equipped with a 100% Texalium and 30T 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 FASTEST
SUP RACING PADDLE

When there is no substitute for blistering speed, the Hydro SprintX is your only choice. Every attribute of this paddle is designed to increase acceleration and top end board speed. Our aim with this paddle is to test, find and exceed your physical limitations, while being mindful that you will need to complete several heats and races over a weekend long event. By stretching your paddling horizons, you will achieve your fastest short course times and best-ever race placings. A testament to the raw speed of the Hydro SprintX is the fact that we broke our previous personal best times while testing pre-production versions of this paddle. We set out to make the fastest ever paddle which will propel athletes to the podium – the Hydro SprintX is that paddle.

FEATURED HYDRO SPRINT-X VIDEOS

A NEW BREED OF PADDLE FOR
SPRINTING & SHORT DISTANCE RACING​

A NEW BREED OF PADDLE FOR SPRINTING & SHORT DISTANCE RACING

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 SprintX in four blade sizes and a range of shaft customization 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.


XL

LARGE

MEDIUM

SMALL

Size (cm2)606565530494
Size (in2)94888277
Shaft Diameter (mm)Taper 29-23.5mmTaper 29-23.5mmTaper 29-23.5mmTaper 29-23.5mm
Shaft Options:PowerTaperPowerTaperPowerTaperPowerTaper
Max Width (mm/in)203.2 / 8.00195.3 / 7.69187.3 / 7.37177.2 / 6.98
Blade Length (mm/in)535.7 / 21.09522.4 / 20.57513 / 20.20506.7 / 19.95
Paddler Weight (KG)90 - 11080 - 10070 - 9060 - 80
Paddler Weight (lbs)200 - 245175 - 220155 - 200130 - 175

POWERTAPER SHAFT CUSTOMIZATION

This table is not designed to be a one-size-fits-all solution. The PowerTaper shaft is designed to cut from both the top and bottom ends. Shorter and lighter paddlers will want to consider having their paddle built with up to 20cm cut from the bottom before the blade is attached and then trimming from the top to achieve the correct size. By cutting from the bottom the overall stiffness of the shaft is reduced, as is the average diameter. Those looking for maximum power and acceleration, as well as taller and heavier paddlers will want to cut less, or none from the bottom, this keeps the shaft stiffer and a wider average diameter. If you have any questions, please connect with us for personal recommendations.

Note: Do not cut more than 20cm from the bottom of the shaft.

Weight
(kg / lbs)

Recommended

Alternative

45 - 55 / 99 - 121-20cm-15cm
56 - 60 / 123 - 132-15cm-10cm
61 - 65 / 134 - 143-10cm-5cm
66 - 75 / 145 - 165-10cmUncut
76 - 85 / 167 - 187-5cmUncut
86 - 90 / 189 - 198UncutN/A
91 - 95 / 200 - 209UncutN/A
96 - 100 / 211 - 220UncutN/A
101 - 106 / 222 - 233UncutN/A

SUP PADDLE LENGTH FOR SHORT DISTANCE RACING

This table is not designed to be a one-size-fits-all solution, and recommended paddle lengths may vary by approximately 1″ (2.5cm) depending on the paddler’s preference. For sprint and short distance paddling a shorter paddle will be more effective. Longer paddles are preferable for greater paddling distances. Remember, it is 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)

ADVANCED OR PRO RACING (REGULAR BOARDS)

ADVANCED OR PRO RACING (DUGOUT BOARDS)

SHORT DISTANCE & SPRINTING

 5′ / 60 / 15266 / 16865 / 16564 / 163
5′ 1″ / 61 / 15567 / 17066 / 16865 / 165
5′ 2″ / 62 / 15768 / 17367 / 17066 / 168
5′ 3″ / 63 / 16069 / 17568 / 17367 / 170
5′ 4″ / 64 / 16370 / 17869 / 17568 / 173
5′ 5″ / 65 / 16571 / 18070 / 17869 / 175
5′ 6″ / 66 / 16872 / 18371 / 18070 / 178
5′ 7″ / 67 / 17073 / 18572 / 18371 / 180
5′ 8″ / 68 / 17374 / 18873 / 18572 / 183
5′ 9″ / 69 / 17575 / 19174 / 18873 / 185
5′ 10″ / 70 / 17876 / 19375 / 19174 / 188
5′ 11″ / 71 / 18077 / 19676 / 19375 / 191
6′ / 72 / 18378 / 19877 / 19676 / 193
 6′ 1″ / 73 / 18579 / 20178 / 19877 / 196
 6′ 2″ / 74 / 18880 / 20379 / 20178 / 198
 6′ 3″ / 75 / 19181 / 20680 / 20379 / 201
6′ 4″ / 76 / 19382 / 20881 / 20680 / 203
6′ 5″ / 77 / 19683 / 21182 / 20881 / 206
6′ 6″ / 78 / 19884 / 21383 / 21182 / 208

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?

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 SprintX 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.

When ordering via our website the Hydro SprintX 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.