BLACK PROJECT // HYDRO SPRINT-X // SUP RACING PADDLE

"A SUP PADDLE WITH INSTANT POWER, ACCELERATION, & MAX SPEED FOR SHORT DISTANCE RACING & TRAINING"

HYDRO SPRINT-X

THE FASTEST SUP PADDLE FOR SHORT DISTANCE SUP RACING

The best SUP racing paddle for sprinting and technical racing – The Hydro SprintX SUP racing paddle is used for sprinting and short distance racing by World Champions Arthur Arutkin and Seychelle Webster. Seychelle demonstrated the paddle’s pedigree by winning the Sprint world title at the 2023 ICF World Championships. 

SIZES:

XL | LARGE | MEDIUM | SMALL

BEST FOR:

SPRINT RACING, TECHNICAL RACING, HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING, RACES 5KM AND UNDER.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS PADDLE?

The Hydro SprintX is the ultimate SUP paddle for sprinting and short-distance races. Engineered for maximum acceleration and top speed, every detail is optimized for victory.

Featuring a 7.5° blade angle and a wider, more compact blade outline, your first stroke ignites instant acceleration. A shallow power scoop and reduced blade volume ensures swift entry and exit, maintaining a rapid cadence for sprinting.

The Tour Carbon double taper shaft delivers instant power under extreme loads, with a flexible top section to reduce shoulder fatigue. The Power Grip ergonomic handle ensures a secure grip during intense paddling.

Constructed with 30T pre-prg carbon, the Hydro SprintX is the pinnacle of speed and responsiveness. For serious SUP competitors, it’s a must-have in your paddle quiver.

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.

DOUBLE TAPERED ROUND-OVAL-ROUND TOUR CARBON 30T CARBON SHAFT  

  • Textured finish increases grip while being gentle on the hands.
  • Delivers excellent performance, very low weight, and a near-zero failure rate.

EROGNOMIC 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. 

DOUBLE TAPERED OVAL-ROUND-OVAL SHAFT

  • 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.

SUPERIOR QUALITY & PERFORMANCE

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).

TOUR CARBON SHAFT

Engineered with a double tapered round-oval-round design, the Tour Carbon shaft maximizes stiffness in the lower section, delivering stability and optimizing power transfer to the blade. The upper section has a thinner and more flexible round profile, minimizing fatigue. The oval-shaped middle-grip area has a natural carbon-textured matte finish ensuring a directional feel with a secure and relaxed grip. Constructed with 30T pre-preg carbon laminates for reduced weight and increased paddling power. With a range of options there’s a perfect fit for every enthusiast across the entire spectrum of paddlers.

Tour Carbon SUP paddle racing shaft, black project sup, oval shaft, oval tapered shaft, 30T carbon

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.

BUILT FOR 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.

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 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.

SHALLOW POWER SCOOP
(SPS) TECHNOLOGY

The Hydro SprintX features a shallow scoop design with dihedral shaped edges. This is optimized for high cadence paddling, delivering power in a smooth and controlled manner.

ADVANCED FLOW
TECHNOLOGY (AFT)

A completely reimagined design concept for SUP paddles, the AFT significantly increase efficiency by reducing turbulence and unwanted blade movements. This is a feature used in all our Hydro paddles.

REACT+ (RE+T)
TECHNOLOGY

The latest SUP paddle innovation is our REACT+ Technology (RE+T). This incorporates two external 30T unidirectional carbon plates, amplifying blade power, responsiveness, and energy return.

30T CARBON
CONSTRUCTION

The 30T carbon construction reduces weight and increases responsiveness of the paddle. This enables us to optimize the internal layers and build an even more durable paddle.

PRECISION
CNC BLADE CORE

The paddle is molded from layers of pre-preg carbon with a lightweight high density CNC foam core. This internal precision improves laminate adhesion increasing the longevity of your investment in a quality paddle.

"A CONTINUATION OF THE HYDRO LEGACY"

Hydro Sprint-X
Customer Reviews

Brilliant paddle for sprints and technical racing

This paddle really exceeded my expectations! Amazing for sprinting as you’re able to keep a fast cadence and more importantly I’ve noticed hardly any shoulder fatigue.
Jane R.
SUP Racer (NZ)

Grabs hard and holds solid throughout your stroke

The Hydro Sprint-X is a game changer, it plants hard and is smooth and firm as you pull through the stroke. It exits cleanly and is super light and stiff but not abusive on my old joints.
Sam G.
SUP Racer (US)

Sprint-X continues the the Hydro legacy

The Hydro SprintX delivers on its promise of immediate power and acceleration. Like all Black Project paddles, you need to try them to fully appreciate the difference.
James N.
SUP Racer (US)

SPECIFICATIONS AND PADDLE 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)29-25-23.5 or
29-26-23.5
29-25-23.5 or
29-26-23.5
29-25-23.529-25-23.5
Shaft Options:Tour Carbon
Double Taper
Round-Oval-Round
Tour Carbon
Double Taper
Round-Oval-Round
Tour Carbon
Double Taper
Round-Oval-Round
Tour Carbon
Double Taper
Round-Oval-Round
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

SUP PADDLE LENGTH GUIDE FOR 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 SUP PADDLES FOR RACING

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 was replaced with the Hydro SynergyX which is 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 SYNERGY-X

HYDRO SPRINT-X

HYDRO TEMPO-X

Best For:Serious paddlers who want the very best performace for racing & touring with reduced fatigue.Competitive and professional racers looking maximum speed during sprint or short distance races.Ideal for enthusiasts looking to take their flat water paddling to the next step.
Suitable For:Intermediate to advanced paddlersAdvanced to professional athletes.Intermediate to advanced paddlers
Ideal cadence:Medium to HighHigh to Very HighMedium
Sizes AvailableXL, Large, Medium, Small & XSXL, Large, Medium & SmallXL, Large, Medium & Small
ShaftTour CarbonTour CarbonQuest Carbon
Shaft TypeDouble Taper
(Round-Oval-Round)
Double Taper
(Round-Oval-Round)
Round
Handle OptionsPowerGrip
Matte Carbon Finish
PowerGrip
Matte Carbon Finish
Red PowerGrip
Matte Red Finish
Construction30T
Pre-Preg Carbon
30T
Pre-Preg Carbon
24T
Pre-Preg Carbon
Options1-Piece
3-Piece
1-Piece1-Piece
2-Piece Adj.
3-Piece Adj.
3-Piece Join Type2 x HEXN/A1 x HEX
Blade Angle (degrees)10°7.5°10°
Weight (gr / oz)From 340 / 12.0From 375 / 13.2From 450 / 15.9
Warranty1yr1yr1yr
USA Retail (Ex Tax)$650
c/w bag
$650
c/w bag
From $425
c/w bag
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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 SprintX 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.

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