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Dark Water and Dropped Paddles
« on: September 29, 2013, 01:02:44 PM »
Now that winter seems to have arrived early, I find that my new carbon paddle and the graphite-coloured water are the same colour.  I've dropped it a few times and had a few anxious moments looking for it.

I'm going to work on not letting go.  But knowing that stuff happens, some painted day-glow bands or reflector tape seem like a good idea.  Anybody else with similar experience?


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Re: Dark Water and Dropped Paddles
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2013, 02:14:22 PM »
Check out this thread, use whatever colour tape works best in your conditions

http://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php?topic=4084.0

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Re: Dark Water and Dropped Paddles
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2013, 11:40:34 AM »
I sprayed my paddle blade bright yellow. It makes it highly visible & makes me feel more comfortable offshore on downwinders - if I wave at someone I want to be seen!
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Re: Dark Water and Dropped Paddles
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 05:15:54 AM »
I have a similar situation during late evening sessions in the surf, where a dropped paddle can be a common occurence, compounding the problem, water can sometimes be murky too.

A nice red bicycle grip for the lower hand area, electrical tape wrapping around the paddle and grip joints also in bright colors, preferrably lifesaving orange-or yellow...
For the blade, a couple of bright colored stickers and colored tape around the blade-rail protective too.
Finally, some small mirror tape cut in triangles or just strips can catch some light and it's reflection can help finding the paddle.
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Re: Dark Water and Dropped Paddles
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 04:02:31 AM »