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Black Project Surge Paddle
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:27:51 PM »
I just pulled the trigger on a Black Project Surge paddle.  I should get a first try with it in mid-March.

http://www.blackprojectfins.com/sup-paddles/surge-wave-sup-paddle-lightweight-carbon/

I went with the 77 square inch and the soft flex (I'm 5'7 & 148 lbs).  I like the idea of its surf-focused design and the small shaft diameter.  The small blade and soft flex will hopefully help with my shoulders and help me up my cadence for quick drops.  I'm moving down from an 84 square inch Ke Nalu Konihi which has been a great paddle for me. I really bashed the hell out of the edges of it on one of my older/wider boards when I first started out and my DIY maintenance is starting to see its end of days. I like searching out new gear so I thought I'd give this Surge a try.

Here's a post that piqued my interest:

http://www.blackprojectfins.com/2016/09/12/surge-re-defining-sup-wave-paddles/

In the often frantic scramble to turn and catch the set or avoid destruction paddle stroke technique it at its worst. With riders jabbing more than stroking we needed to adjust how the paddle behaved. In essence we needed the paddle to grab the water and correct the stoke quickly so that power and acceleration was not lost.

Anyone else try one?
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Re: Black Project Surge Paddle
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2017, 02:40:44 PM »
I just wish the smaller 77" square inch paddle came in an adjustable length.
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Re: Black Project Surge Paddle
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 05:42:22 PM »
Nice paddle, looks very Ke Nalu-ish, right down to the ferrule vs. frog connection. I hope they took advantage of that to do the assembly with hot glue. One of the big advantages of a ferrule besides the ability to reinforce it on the inside with a spar.
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Re: Black Project Surge Paddle
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 07:48:57 PM »
Nice paddle, looks very Ke Nalu-ish, right down to the ferrule vs. frog connection. I hope they took advantage of that to do the assembly with hot glue. One of the big advantages of a ferrule besides the ability to reinforce it on the inside with a spar.

Yep. It's hot glue. That would have been a deal breaker for me. I'm short enough that I can carry the shaft onto a flight with the blade off. I'm actually not sure what the height limit is--maybe I'm over--but I keep doing it without any problems. I just wrap it in pipe insulation and throw it into the back of an overhead compartment.
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