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Surf Paddle Flutter
« on: January 01, 2019, 02:22:41 PM »
I have been an avid Werner fan starting with the motto and then the Rip Stick when I git serious about SUP Surfing. I have am always working on my stroke. I lent my Rip Stick to my daughter and used my Nitro for the first time in awhile. I realized that when I angle the Rip Stick toward the board it has flutter and is hard to hold in a straight line compared to the Nitro which is more narrow and stiff on edges.

So I am looking around for a Surf Paddle that is short and wide fior quick strokes yet stiffer edges so I can steer board by angling the paddle.

Am looking at the black project surge and Quick Blade.

Anyone else have the same flutter issue? Any paddle recommendations? I am 210lbs and use the 89.

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Re: Surf Paddle Flutter
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2019, 06:58:55 PM »
QB vdrive. Itís hard to make that paddle flutter.

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Re: Surf Paddle Flutter
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2019, 09:20:53 PM »
I'll second V-Drive. can't remember it ever happened to me with this blade.
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Re: Surf Paddle Flutter
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2019, 11:54:09 PM »
My Sunova paddle has no flutter. Best paddle I've ever had. Whenever I go back to my old Kialoa Pipes, it flutters all over the place. It's like night and day.
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Re: Surf Paddle Flutter
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2019, 06:36:56 AM »
I thought it was just me and poor technique. i got a new quasi generic (Epoch Power) carbon paddle and it flutters. The aluminum shovel that came with my cheap iSUP doesn't.
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Re: Surf Paddle Flutter
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2019, 09:04:39 AM »
Paddle ON

I just come out and say it (since no obne else has) and I'l a big guy too
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Re: Surf Paddle Flutter
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2019, 10:07:20 AM »
Generally, people adapt to the stuff their paddle does that is not great--flutter is one of them. If you're not feeling flutter it's possible that the reason is that YOU are preventing it. Unfortunately, the most common way to prevent flutter is to grip the paddle too hard or plant it poorly so it slips rather than catches. If you want to see if your paddle flutters, stand or kneel sideways on your board, plant your paddle as far from you as you can comfortably reach--get it in well past the neck--hold it in place for a few seconds to let the air get off it, and pull it straight towards you. Chances are it will dance around like a Rapala.

most paddle designers that want to eliminate flutter do it with lots of dihedral. The only problem with that is dihedral reduces catch by making it easier for the water to flow across the blade. Any flat-blade paddle that doesn't have wings or some other tweak to control flow will flutter. Kialoa's flutter because they are made to optimize catch.

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