Arkansas during the off-season Nomadic during the summers! :), Arkansas & Colorado
Paddling Since: 2006
Join Date: Jun 2006
Paddle size seems based on the idea that arm length (i.e., wingspan) is equal to height. It's usually close but could be off by about 1-4in! So rather than choosing a paddle based on height measure your "wings" and compare that to the paddle length height ratio!
If it feels right when paddling then I'd say your set. Personally I'm 6' and use a 188cm paddle. By most standards that is way too short but I like it for playing, increased stroke rate and doesn't trip me up when doing tricks. I usually creek with a paddle a bit longer 191 or so but won't ever go any longer than that.