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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #30 on: January 24, 2019, 10:39:53 AM »
BP had no catch and a guy I know snapped one.

With the 8 degree offset and the dihydral, I mostly use my BP Hydro for flat water and training. It keeps you honest on good form.
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #31 on: January 24, 2019, 12:13:21 PM »
... I have a sneaking suspicion the reason I was unable to complete an order on the new kioloa race paddle was when they were shutting down.

It doesn't seem like the Ewalu is offered with the oval shaft, that's kind of a deal breaker for me.

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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #32 on: January 24, 2019, 12:59:58 PM »
Just heard from Jim K. They decided to accept my order this time. Maybe a new paddle will appease the weather dragons!
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2019, 01:22:04 PM »
I paddled a Kai Zen for a couple weeks back in August in Waikiki.  Thought I would hate it, but after a couple of surf sessions found it to be really good.  For a small blade (82), it really seemed to hold well.  The one I used had a soft shaft which in the surf worked really well.  A stiffer (and lighter) shaft would be better, for me, for distance paddling.

I'm still undecided on my Kai Zen. There is a lot to like but some drawbacks.
The one I got (82sqi) has a fairly stiff shaft. and I don't remember other flex options
so I guess it depends on how much and where you cut it to achieve certain flex.

The fact the blade weighs over 10oz is somewhat puzzling, it almost equals my entire
ZRE race paddle. Swing balance is definitely affected and a 20oz paddle is certainly not a
long distance runner up for my taste but I do like it for surf.
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #34 on: January 24, 2019, 01:22:25 PM »
For me, the Lima goes a little bit too far, and perhaps the perfect compromise hasnít quite been found yet. But in the meantime, the original v-drive remains the best, IMO. Dave Kalama did a great job with it.

Yes, still haven't found a perfect compromise but came close.

Modified my 91 V-Drive with a much more rounded outline and attached it to my ZRE
oval textured shaft with my custom ZRE grip. I can now mount it on all my shaft according
to the flex I need. It has a 10in adjustment and it's also a 3 piece travel. coming in at 16.5oz.

Dave Kalama really did a great job with it, I just put some finishing touches on it :D
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #35 on: January 24, 2019, 02:18:42 PM »
Hey PB, have the Paukea paddles changed much since the SUP ATX affiliation?  Seems like a bargain at $220 for a  Catch 22.

I don't know much about them, I just bought one from Johnny when he was in Hood River a few years ago teaching a class at the HROCC. At the time I was using a Kenalu Maliko blade on a short xTuf shaft with a T handle. It worked OK, but the Puakea blade worked much better with the technique Johnny teaches.
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2019, 08:59:32 PM »
The tried and true philosophy of, find some quality equipment, and then adapt yourself to it.

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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #37 on: January 25, 2019, 03:49:39 AM »
The tried and true philosophy of, find some quality equipment, and then adapt yourself to it.
Back in my whitewater kayak days (way back; some guy named Ronnie was president), going through a rapid in a new/unfamiliar boat could be terrifying even when it was an obvious upgrade. Paddles affected your roll; a paddle upgrade could make you swim a little more often until you got used to it. You might miss an eddy or two, which can be a big deal in some situations (DAMHIKT). It usually took some time to adapt, but if it was a solid choice based on the experience others had, you would benefit from the switch. Just not always right away.
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2019, 04:35:59 AM »
I think that the process of changing things in itself can be beneficial, so sometimes the gains afterwards are not due to the equipment but to the fact that you had to adapt to something new and have therefore learnt something in the process. Itís good to change things around and try new things.

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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2019, 06:51:05 AM »
I agree A10, but it's interesting hearing from some SUP-foilers that foiling has a negative impact on their regular stand up abilities.  I wonder if the SUP-foilers that blend regular SUP in their traing will feel differently over time. 

The only example I can think of is Kai at London, killed the sprint but not so much in the distance...

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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #40 on: February 04, 2019, 08:29:07 AM »
My Kialoa Wahine showed. Better for me as a surf paddle than some others that are popular here.

High aspect, small shaft, and a little longer. Even with the top of my punkin' head.

Worked a treat in small waves. Never missed any that I should catch.

I remember how much I liked a high aspect that I borrowed a while back. It had an aweful handle though.
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