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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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Re: Black Project Surge Paddle
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2017, 02:36:39 PM »
I just got back from a 10-day trip to Mexico.  The Surge was great!  I LOVE the reduced shaft diameter--picking up my old paddle feels strange now.  The 77 sq inch blade was nice on my injured shoulder too. The rounded edges on the blade seemed to help protect my boards' rails a bit.

The ergo-t handle was comfy. And the red handle is a nice touch.  I dropped my paddle after taking a fall and the handle was easy to spot in the impact zone.

This paddle is LIGHT.  I cut mine to 68" and it came to 375 g.  My 84 sq in Ke Nalu Konihi with the XTuf shaft cut to 70" and comes to 490 g (I assume though that the Ke Nalu would come in lighter with the Elite shaft than the XTuf).

My buddy picked up my paddle on the first day of the trip and I caught him ordering one online the next morning! 

Black Project did some good work here on the design--nice to have a paddle geared 100% towards surfing.
« Last Edit: March 22, 2017, 02:44:53 PM by surfafrica »
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