I'm brand new to SUP, and have only been on a board twice. Once was a beginner lesson at Folly Beach, SC and once on a local (IN) reservoir on the board (11' Liquid Shredder soft board) I bought. I just bought a cheap paddle (Airhead metal shaft and fiberglass blade) when I got my board. I plan on buying a more expensive board before or by springtime, and I want a good paddle to go with it. I'm wanting an all carbon paddle. I really love the look of the RealTree patterned Axe Paddle sold by Bote. But in beginning to read this forum now that I just joined up, it seems the only words I've seen on here have not been favorable on their paddles. I don't want to spend $250 for a paddle that isn't that good. Is there anyone on here that can give a positive review of their paddles? Or... is there another brand that puts out a paddle done in RealTree, Mossy Oak, or similar realistic camo pattern? I just love the look. In general, should I avoid any brand that sells an all carbon paddle under $200? Will all of those be crap? Until I saw the Axe RealTree, I was thinking of getting a Rave Sports all carbon paddle for about $168. Considering I paid $68 for the paddle I currently have, I would think anything carbon would be better?