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Gear Talk / Re: KeNalu Paddle Catastrophe
« on: April 18, 2021, 09:58:35 PM »
I don't know--I sold my interest in the company long ago, before the Mana's were designed. Lane Mead was the paddle designer, I was in charge of marketing, sales, and building the tech to test the paddles.
Well, I think it is a pretty great paddle design. Lane must know what he is doing. I will send him an email. What paddle do you use for wave riding?

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Gear Talk / Re: KeNalu Paddle Catastrophe
« on: April 17, 2021, 07:14:49 PM »
cause unknown.

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Gear Talk / Re: KeNalu Paddle Catastrophe
« on: April 16, 2021, 01:41:25 PM »
Thanks Bill. Is it pretty important to maintain the detailed curvature of the edge? Those paddles have a beautiful feel in the water. Want to explain the rationale of the edge curvature?

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Gear Talk / Re: What makes a good wave/surf paddle?
« on: April 15, 2021, 08:31:25 PM »
My opinion: get a KeNalu Mana. Best paddle for surf...

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Gear Talk / Re: KeNalu Paddle Catastrophe
« on: April 15, 2021, 08:29:19 PM »
I am just noticing now how different it is in terms of the edge details from other paddles I have owned such as quickblade or Kailoa.

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Gear Talk / Re: KeNalu Paddle Catastrophe
« on: April 15, 2021, 08:27:42 PM »
Is it important to try to maintain that interesting curvature of the thin edge of the KeNalu Mana? It has a very thin edge that kind of recurves backward. I don't what the theory is, but the Mana blade has a great feel in the water. I think maybe somebody knew something.

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Gear Talk / KeNalu Paddle Catastrophe
« on: April 15, 2021, 03:22:41 PM »
Okay, just kidding. My beautiful KeNalu Mana got a little smashed and serrated on one of the edges. (See pictures.) Not too bad but it feels like it could cut my face in a wipeout and maybe the hydrodynamics or structural integrity are a bit compromised? I wonder if I should maybe try to clean it up, sand it lightly, apply some special resin or epoxy..., buy a new blade...? Any advice is welcome.

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Gear Talk / Re: Infinity new deal
« on: December 22, 2018, 06:39:12 AM »
I recently got a custom New Deal.
I highly recommend ordering a custom New Deal, for your dims and ability.  The price is still reasonable, and you get exactly what you want.  Infinity excels at custom boards. It's in their DNA.
Do you think that a custom is as strong and ding resistant as a production board? I have a couple of production New Deals and I have though about getting a custom size, but been a little hesitant to get a custom because of my impression that one has to compromise on either weight or toughness.

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Gear Talk / Re: Infinity new deal
« on: December 22, 2018, 06:34:44 AM »
My board also has a Greenough release edge shaped into the bottom. This is something I've been developing with Ry Harris. We've made a quite a few boards, and now have it adapted to work for SUPs. It's faster and looser, and makes it easier to sink the rail. All positives for surfing performance.

I'm stoked that Dave Boehne let me put this into the New Deal. Best of all possible worlds in SUP design. And another reason why it's so nice to order custom from Infinity.
Amazing! Do you use a greenough 4a fin in the center? What size fins do you like for that board?

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Gear Talk / Best paddle for surfing.
« on: December 22, 2018, 06:27:02 AM »
A couple months ago I started a post asking basically: what is the best paddle for surfing? After a lot of discussion and consideration, I believe that I have an answer to that fundamental question:
the best paddle for surfing (on an SUP) is, imo, the Mana.     

I appreciate all the people here who pushed me toward Ke Nalu. Originally I x’d Ke Nalu off my list because I did not want to mess with hot glue. I was leaning toward Hippostick, thinking about Black Project and considering Quick Blade. Someone here who had no skin in the game told me flat out that Ke Nalu, specifically the Mana, is clearly and surprisingly better than any Quick Blade paddle for surfing. I ended up getting a Mana 82 sq inch blade with the regular (not extra stiff) handle and an ordinary t-top. Despite the fact that I did a much less than perfect job cutting it and putting it together, the feel of the paddle in the water is perfect. The regular shaft feels just right to me (not too flexible at all) and I glad I did not get the stiffer version. The handle is nice. The overall feel of the paddle is really beyond what I thought possible. I felt like I was surfing a smaller board than I actually was, because the paddle just makes everything feel nimble and responsive. The feel of the blade is beyond awesome. I was told by someone not associated with Ke Nalu that there is something technical in the way that Ke Nalu makes their blades that makes the blades superior to those of other companies. I believe it.
    I really appreciate all the people who pushed me toward Ke Nalu. I feel pretty confident that it is a lot better than the V-drive or really any other paddle, including the hippostick. Learning how to hot glue was totally worth it.

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kenalu mana 82 with xtuf shaft (not the "s" shaft, which os stiffer)

just right for me with bad shoulders--only surf tho, so no idea for other use

i occasionally try others, and it reinforces how much i like this exact config

never tried a hippostick, tho
You are so right! Thanks a lot!
Here is what I posted somewhere else:
    I ended up getting a Ke Nalu and I have to say it is an awesome paddle. Much much better that anything I have used in the past. Not to name names, but I have had a lot of paddles. Originally I was thinking that I would not get a Ke Nalu, because I did not want to mess with hot glue. Then a few people mentioned how great Ke Nalu paddles are. I am glad I took the plunge. The feel of the blade is beyond awesome. (Manu 82 sq inch). The xTuf shaft feels just right to me. Not too flexible at all and I glad I did not get the xTufS, which is stiffer. The handle is nice. The overall feel of the paddle is really beyond what I thought possible. I felt like I was surfing a smaller board than I actually was, because the paddle just makes everything feel nimble and responsive.
    I really appreciate all the people who pushed me toward Ke Nalu. I feel pretty confident that it is a lot better than the V-drive or really any other paddle, including the hippostick. Learning how to hot glue is totally worth it.

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Gear Talk / Re: Paddle for surfing, what is a good choice?
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:08:23 AM »
    I ended up getting a Ke Nalu and I have to say it is an awesome paddle. Much much better that anything I have used in the past. Not to name names, but I have had a lot of paddles. Originally I was thinking that I would not get a Ke Nalu, because I did not want to mess with hot glue. Then a few people mentioned how great Ke Nalu paddles are. I am glad I took the plunge. The feel of the blade is beyond awesome. (Manu 82 sq inch). The xTuf shaft feels just right to me. Not too flexible at all and I glad I did not get the xTufS, which is stiffer. The handle is nice. The overall feel of the paddle is really beyond what I thought possible. I felt like I was surfing a smaller board than I actually was, because the paddle just makes everything feel nimble and responsive.
    I really appreciate all the people who pushed me toward Ke Nalu. I feel pretty confident that it is a lot better than the V-drive or really any other paddle, including the hippostick. Learning how to hot glue is totally worth it.

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Gear Talk / What length is your surf paddle?
« on: November 04, 2018, 05:34:11 AM »
I am interested in getting some statistics about what length of paddle people actually use for SUP surfing. I thinking that one could reference that to height and try to get a sense of the average difference between height a paddle length in practice, as well as the standard deviation. Is it a Bell-type curve; or does it maybe have two bumps (normal and Laird length)?  Let's see. Could be fun and maybe interesting. Please indicate your height and your paddle length(s), and maybe contextualize that with what board(s) you are riding as well. Thanks.

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Thanks Bill. It is $50, which seems reasonable. Seems like a good option for me since I am uncertain about paddle length. What would you recommend in terms of blade size and shaft? I am thinking maybe the Mana 77"" and the xTuf handle (small blade, flexible handle), or maybe I should go a bit bigger, like 82"". What do you think??

(I weigh 160 lbs and I am about 5'11".  I am almost 70 years old.)

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Yes i meant Mana and Hydro blades on Kenalu shafts.
So are they totally compatible?
Also, the blade I see on the Black Project site is a Surge. Is that related to what you suggest?

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