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Paddle size for down river, down wind race
« on: August 08, 2019, 03:13:08 PM »
Was wondering what your guys opinion is for paddle size for a down wind down river race. I have a 84 and a 95 KeNalu Kohini. Thanks.

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Re: Paddle size for down river, down wind race
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 07:57:56 AM »
I'd go with 84 but that is just personal preference  :o

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Re: Paddle size for down river, down wind race
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 08:25:03 AM »
It would depend on a lot of factors (length of race, conditions, board etc.) but if it was me I would use the 84.

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Re: Paddle size for down river, down wind race
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 08:46:25 AM »
I'm intrigued by the combination. Is it downwind AND swift-ish current? or is the river largish so you don't really feel the current?
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Re: Paddle size for down river, down wind race
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2019, 10:07:40 AM »
Some people would say go with a bigger paddle for downwind, but it depends on your technique. I push down more than pull even for downwind, and I find two or three quick strokes, even incomplete ones, are better to get into a bump than one long hard one. So I go with smaller blades for DW.

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Re: Paddle size for down river, down wind race
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2019, 01:51:58 PM »
Itís a 9 mile race. The current is usually 2mph.
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