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Old 09-12-2017   #1
Asheboro, North Carolina
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Help with paddle lengths

I've been paddling rec boats for years and after getting out of motocross because of wear and tear on my body I've decided to give whitewater kayaking a go, I've bought a Dagger GT 7.5 and the guy gave me everything but a life vest and a paddle. From what i understand paddle choice is extremely important in whitewater paddling so my question is what's a good length, blade size, and brand to start with without breaking the bank. I'm 5'10" and the boat is 24" wide

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Old 09-12-2017   #2
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Lots of good information and my recommendation on a brand here:

Advance Design. Advance Fit. | Werner Paddles

Couple brands out there and you can make anything work. First paddle can get lost but recommend investing your engine once you decide you like the sport.
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Old 09-13-2017   #3
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194cm to 197cm would work for your height I use a 197 at 6 foot
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Old 09-13-2017   #5
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Originally Posted by DoubleYouEss View Post
Agreed. Get a 200 cm cheap paddle to start with. It's likely you will lose it while your learning. When you feel confident that you either won't lose your paddle or have a good crew to watch your back step up to the Werner Powerhouse.

I paddle a 197cm at 5'7".
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