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Old 06-12-2018   #1
Enfield, New Hampshire
Paddling Since: 1990
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paddle length question

Hello all, I am getting back into a hardshell after a hiatus of 3 yrs. I got myself an old fav. of mine, the classic JK 4 Fun. Right now I only have a longer, 208 cms paddle which I was using for my IK these last few yrs. Till i get another regular length hardshell paddle, what are the pros and cons of using this long paddle in upto cl 2 water? I did try it out on the lake and seems to work fine but I do not know how this would translate into rougher stuff.

Thank you for any input on this.

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Old 06-12-2018   #2
Fort Collins, Colorado
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You didn't mention your height, which is a relevant factor in determining an ideal paddle length, but unless you're really tall, that's a pretty long paddle for whitewater. However, a more typical paddle length is, say, 196 cm. So your paddle is probably 2.4 inches longer per side than an ideal paddle. Significant, but not extreme. Pro is that you'll have more leverage. Con is that the paddle might be more awkward to use.
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Old 06-27-2018   #3
Wenatchee, Washington
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Hard to actually get your paddle vertical for forward stroking and control strokes. Pretty massive leverage that could injure your shoulders. Get a shorter paddle.
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Old 06-28-2018   #4
Enfield, New Hampshire
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yes, thanks. Bracing was awkward, and draws were impossible. I got a 197.
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