BLACK PROJECT // HYDRO TEMPO-X // SUP RACING & TOURING PADDLE

"SILKY SMOOTH AND CONSISTENTLY FORGIVING FOR EASY AND COMFORTABLE SPEED"

HYDRO
TEMPO-X

THE BEST SUP PADDLE FOR FITNESS, TOURING & RECREATIONAL RACING

The Hydro TempoX has built a reputation for easy and comfortable speed. Thanks to its use of our proprietary AFT and PST technologies and built with 24T carbon this paddle delivers both exceptional performance and remains comfortable during long paddle sessions. The moderate 10° blade angle further increases ease of use and comfort. Available in Fixed, Adjustable and 3-Piece Adjustable variations, plus four different blade sizes and two shaft diameters, the Hydro TempoX caters to any paddler’s specific needs.

SIZES:

XL | LARGE | MEDIUM | SMALL

BEST FOR:

FITNESS, TOURING, MIDDLE AND LONG DISTANCE PADDLING

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WHY CHOOSE THIS PADDLE?

Silky smooth and consistently forgiving, the Hydro TempoX is the best flat-water paddle for fitness and recreational paddling enthusiasts. Ideal for those paddlers looking to take the next step, the Hydro TempoX incorporates DNA from our best-selling Hydro SynergyX and Hydro SprintX designs to deliver an unparalleled paddling experience, at a reduced price point. 

We used our proprietary AFT and PST to minimize blade movement, resulting in an incredibly smooth and rhythmic paddling experience. The moderate 10° blade angle creates a more forgiving catch, further enhancing the feel and comfort of the paddle stroke. This combination of innovative blade design and higher blade angle allows paddlers to find their flow and hone their technique. 

Built in pre-preg carbon construction, the Hydro TempoX is lightweight, durable, and responsive for a performance-orientated paddling experience.  

The award winning Power Grip ergonomic racing handle ensures your hand remains secure during high cadence paddling bursts and comfortable during long days on the water. 

Available in Fixed, Adjustable and 3-Piece Adjustable, plus four different blade sizes and two shaft diameters, the Hydro TempoX caters to any paddler’s specific needs.

SUP 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.

MEDIUM POWER SCOOP (MPS)

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

QUEST 24T CARBON SHAFT  

  • The QUEST shaft is built with 24T pre-preg carbon.
  • Matte, sanded smooth finish.
  • Delivers excellent performance, very low weight, and a near-zero failure rate.

RED 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 and Small blade sizes.
  • 29mm (Regular) shaft for Medium, Large and XL 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 10° BLADE ANGLE

  • Increased reach.
  • Smooth paddle entry.
  • More forgiving feel. 

FOUR BLADE SIZES

  • Extra-Large: 612cm² / 94.9 in² | For 90 - 110 kg / 200 - 245 lbs
  • Large: 563cm² / 87.3in² | For 80 - 100 kg / 175 - 220 lbs
  • Medium: 506cm² / 78.4in² | For 70 - 90 kg / 155 - 200 lbs
  • Small: 470cm² / 72.9in² | For 60 - 80 kg / 130 - 175 lbs

3-PIECE TRAVEL OPTION AVAILBLE

  • The shaft has 1 x HEX joints.
  • Paddles like a 1-piece paddle.
  • Complete with 3-piece paddle bag.
  • Ideal for travel.
  • Ideal for storage.

ANTI-TWIST ADJUSTMENT

  • Adjustable paddles come with 30cm (12 inches) of adjustment. 
  • Each blade size is optimized for different size paddles.
  • XL | 195 - 225cm
  • Large | 185 - 215cm
  • Medium | 175 - 205cm
  • Small | 165 - 195cm 

SUPERIOR QUALITY & PERFORMANCE

POWER SCOOP
TECHNOLOGY (PST)

The Hydro TempoX features a single moderate 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).

QUEST CARBON SHAFT

The Quest carbon shafts feature 24T pre-preg carbon laminates for reduced weight, excellent flex characteristics, and increased durability. The natural carbon-textured matte finish ensures a secure and relaxed grip. With a range of stiffnesses and both 29mm and 26mm diameter options there’s a perfect fit for every enthusiast across the entire spectrum of paddlers. A high-performance option that’ll last for many seasons.
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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. The Hydro TempoX comes with our red, 100% carbon PowerGrip. Like all our handles, the PowerGrip is hollow to help eliminate any excess weight.

DESIGNED FOR FITNESS, TOURING & RECREATIONAL RACING

The Hydro TempoX paddle combines its racing pedigree with features which make SUP racing and touring easier and more relaxing over long distances. The concept of easy speed enables you to race, train and paddle hard day after day, without the worry of injury or excessive fatigue. Thanks to these attributes, many of our athletes including world champion Arthur Arutkin, use this sup paddle, for some of their planned training days.

DESIGNED FOR FITNESS, TOURING & RECREATIONAL RACING

The Hydro TempoX paddle combines its racing pedigree with features which make SUP racing and touring easier and more relaxing over long distances. The concept of easy speed enables you to race, train and paddle hard day after day, without the worry of injury or excessive fatigue. Thanks to these attributes, many of our athletes including world champion Arthur Arutkin, use this sup paddle, for some of their planned training days.

MODERATE 10°
BLADE ANGLE​

The Hydro TempoX has a moderate 10° blade angle which promotes an easier catch, with a smooth paddle entry, slightly more forgiving feel, and increased comfort especially over longer distances.

MODERATE POWER SCOOP
(MPS) TECHNOLOGY

The Hydro TempoX features a moderate scoop design with dihedral shaped edges. This has been optimized for medium to 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.

24T CARBON
CONSTRUCTION

The 24T 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.

"REALLY HAS IMPROVED MY PADDLING PERFORMANCE"

HYDRO TEMPO-X
Customer Reviews

My first proper paddle... and I love it!

It catches well and is perfect for both intense workouts and longer relaxed days on the water. I love the convenience of the 2-piece adjustable shaft. You absolutely cannot lose for quality and price!
Gary Z.
Hydro Tempo-X Customer

Allows me to paddle NEARLY pain free

Beyond being a super lightweight and a very stable paddle, I have an elbow injury; my other paddles were always quite painful to use, this paddle sincerely allows me to paddle nearly pain free.
Paul T.
Hydro Tempo-X Customer

Fantastic Increase in Speed OVER 10 MILES

The weight and flex of this paddle is perfect. On my first paddling session I noticed an incredible increase in speed and my weekly 10-mile loop ended 25 mins earlier than usual.
Patrick C.
Hydro Tempo-X Customer

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 TempoX in four blade options and both 26 (slim) and 29mm (regular/standard) to best suit your specific paddling needs. For adjustable paddles the 30cm (12″) range is tuned to match the blade size. 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)612563506470
Size (in2)94.987.378.472.9
Shaft Diameter (mm)292929 or 2626
Shaft OptionsQuest Carbon 65Quest Carbon 65
Quest Carbon 75
Quest Carbon 75
Quest Carbon 85
Quest Carbon 85
Quest Carbon 95
Adj. Range (cm) *195 - 225185 - 215175 - 205165 - 195
Adj. Range (in) *77 - 8973 - 8569 - 8165 - 77
Max Width (mm/in)193 / 7.60181 / 7.13169 / 6.65163 / 6.42
Blade Length (mm/in)506 / 19.92497 / 19.57479 / 18.86462 / 18.19
Paddler Weight (KG)90 - 11080 - 10070 - 9060 - 80
Paddler Weight (lbs)200 - 245175 - 220155 - 200130 - 175

* The adjustment range is purposely kept shorter than some others with a maximum adjustment of 30cm/12″, this enhances the performance across the entire range of adjustment. 

SUP PADDLE LENGTH GUIDE FOR FITNESS, TOURING & RECREATIONAL RACING

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. For example, if you are using a thicker iSUP then a slightly longer paddle can help, conversely, if you are using a board with a recessed deck (or dugout) then a shorter paddle is more comfortable. It’s easier to cut your 1-piece 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. If you are using an adjustable paddle then you have the freedom to experiment and find what works best for you. 

Height (ft / cm / in)

FITNESS, TOURING & RECREATIONAL RACING

RACING

 5′ / 60 / 15268 / 17366 / 168
5′ 1″ / 61 / 15569 / 17567 / 170
5′ 2″ / 62 / 15770 / 17868 / 173
5′ 3″ / 63 / 16071 / 18069 / 175
5′ 4″ / 64 / 16372 / 18370 / 178
5′ 5″ / 65 / 16573 / 18571 / 180
5′ 6″ / 66 / 16874 / 18872 / 183
5′ 7″ / 67 / 17075 / 19173 / 185
5′ 8″ / 68 / 17376 / 19374 / 188
5′ 9″ / 69 / 17577 / 19675 / 191
5′ 10″ / 70 / 17878 / 19876 / 193
5′ 11″ / 71 / 18079 / 20177 / 196
6′ / 72 / 18380 / 20378 / 198
 6′ 1″ / 73 / 18581 / 20679 / 201
 6′ 2″ / 74 / 18882 / 20880 / 203
 6′ 3″ / 75 / 19183 / 21181 / 206
6′ 4″ / 76 / 19384 / 21382 / 208
6′ 5″ / 77 / 19685 / 21683 / 211
6′ 6″ / 78 / 19886 / 21884 / 213

COMPARE SUP PADDLES FOR:
FITNESS, TOURING & RECREATIONAL 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 TEMPO-X

HYDRO SYNERGY-X

Best For:Ideal for enthusiasts looking to take their flat water paddling to the next step.Serious paddlers who want the very best performace for racing & touring with reduced fatigue.
Suitable For:Intermediate to advanced paddlersIntermediate to advanced paddlers
Ideal cadence:MediumMedium to High
Sizes AvailableXL, Large, Medium & SmallXL, Large, Medium, Small & XS
ShaftQuest CarbonTour Carbon
Shaft TypeRoundDouble Taper
(Round-Oval-Round)
Handle OptionsRed PowerGrip
Matte Red Finish
PowerGrip
Matte Carbon Finish
Construction24T
Pre-Preg Carbon
30T
Pre-Preg Carbon
Options1-Piece
2-Piece Adj.
3-Piece Adj.
1-Piece
3-Piece
3-Piece Join Type1 x HEX2 x HEX
Blade Angle (degrees)10°10°
Weight (gr / oz)From 450 / 15.9From 340 / 12.0
Warranty1yr1yr
USA Retail (Ex Tax)From $425
c/w bag
$650
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 paddles and the Hydro TempoX 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 1-piece Hydro TempoX paddle handles are secured with hot glue, this means that you can easily shorten your 1-piece paddle – our YouTube channel has a video which explains the process in detail. Our adjustable paddles have 30cm of adjustment built in with each size optimized for the typical user heights however, if you would like to shorten further, it is possible to remove the clamp, cut down the shaft and replace the clamp, please contact us for support.
We built the Hydro Tempo-X SUP paddle to be easy to use and remain comfortable over long distances. By slightly increasing the flex of the shaft we can greatly reduce fatigue and paddling injury. To further enhance this, the XL and Large blade sizes come with our Reflex100 shaft, which is a little stiffer and ideal for taller and heavier paddlers, while the Medium and Small blades are fitted with our Reflex90 shaft which is a little more flexible and ideal for smaller paddlers.

By far the most popular size of blade is the Medium which is 78.4 in² / 506cm². Be sure to refer to sizing table to select the right size for your weight.

The Medium blade is available in either the Slim (26.5mm / RDS) or Regular (29mm / SDS) shaft variation. The Small is only available as a Slim (26.5mm / RDS) option. The Large and XL are only available with the Regular (29mm / SDS) shaft. Choosing between the options of Slim or Standard on the Medium 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 Surge 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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