Otterishly, given your size and your on-going issue I would definitely recommend
going with a blade on the smaller size.
For example I'm 5'8 and 175 and I'm with an 75-80SQi size blade and pretty comfortable
with that without sacrificing performance. I'd say go on the safe side and get a 70SQI
blade size, and something with a flexible shaft to minimize strain effects even further.
Not too many choices out there for a good travel paddle this size, none that I know of
would be under $300.
That said, if you invest right, your travel paddle could be the only paddle you'll need for
all your paddling.
Your best options in my opinion would be the ZRE Multiflex or the QuickBlade V-Drive 71.
I'm currently using the ZRE paddle and it working very well for me. Blade size could be made specifically for you and the shaft could be nice and flexible as you like it.
This a high quality product and can be used as your one and only paddle. Mine weighs about
15oz which is the weight of a usual high-end one piece paddles. ZRE customer service is
top notch and they give good advice as well. It's better to call them directly to customize your
You can read my full review here: http://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php/topic,29916.0.html
The V-Drive 71 is also a great choice, it will not be as light as the ZRE but
it is a 3-piece rather than a 2-piece ZRE. Different adjustment system as well.
I think you'll also need to call them directly.
Starboard have there line of travel paddles with small blade sizes and flexible shafts.
Herder to get what you want and you'll have to contact your local dealer for that.
I would recommend investing in a good paddle. The reason I went with the ZRE is
that I wanted to have the same paddle I use at home while I'm on the go, to me
it's more important than what board I'm using.