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Old 08-10-2009   #1
 
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Wing Paddle Help

What type of wing paddle do you recommend for someone who wants to get into downriver paddleing. Thanks.

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A wing paddle??? Can't say i've ever heard the term.........for downriver/whitewater paddling???
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What type of wing paddle do you recommend for someone who wants to get into downriver paddleing. Thanks.
Epic wing paddles are good. Length and blade offset are adjustable.

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Old 08-12-2009   #4
 
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The wing paddle is a paddle used for flat water and racing. I work in a kayak store that deals whitewater boats to sea kayaks and would NEVER recomend it to someone who wants to paddle on a whitewater river. The epic paddles are great if you are a racer. how ever they are bad at a brace stroke or any type of correction stroke.The wing paddle is made to grab more water on a forward stroke, thats about it!
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Never for whitewater??? You should check with some of these guys at USAWildwater.com News, they look like they do OK in IV/V with wing paddles. but its not for play boating or traditional river running. Thanks
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I paddle with a wing blade 5 days a week in whitewater on the Ark. You don't want to go creeking with it or anything, but if you want to get into wildwater you are wasting your time with any other type of paddle.

I am a huge fan of Gala Sports, just google them up, I like the cobra style of blade, I have 2. Make sure you get the metal tips on the blades if you are paddling in Colorado so you can hit rocks. I have one that is all carbon and one that is carbon/kevlar. The carbon/kevlar is a little heavier but it seems more bomber.

Prijon also makes a wing paddle and they might have them in stock at wildwasser if you are on the front range. If I can answer any questions as you are shopping just PM me here.

As a side note if you have not paddled with a wing they are wierd and a little hard to get used to at first. Some of the whitewater strokes that you do all the time right now won't work very well with a wing blade. But once you get used to it everything else feels like you are swinging a wiffle ball bat. Awesome forward power with the wing.
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What about the Gala sport RASMUSSON, how is that different from the cobra?? What about length and offset. Do you get adjustable (clamp)? I am 6'1" and will paddle a wavehopper.
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What size Galasport do you paddle?

How do you size it? I am paddleing a wavehopper?

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I paddle with a wing blade 5 days a week in whitewater on the Ark. You don't want to go creeking with it or anything, but if you want to get into wildwater you are wasting your time with any other type of paddle.

I am a huge fan of Gala Sports, just google them up, I like the cobra style of blade, I have 2. Make sure you get the metal tips on the blades if you are paddling in Colorado so you can hit rocks. I have one that is all carbon and one that is carbon/kevlar. The carbon/kevlar is a little heavier but it seems more er.

Prijon also makes a wing paddle and they might have them in stock at wildwasser if you are on the front range. If I can answer any questions as you are shopping just PM me here.

As a side note if you have not paddled with a wing they are wierd and a little hard to get used to at first. Some of the whitewater strokes that you do all the time right now won't work very well with a wing blade. But once you get used to it everything else feels like you are swinging a wiffle ball bat. Awesome forward power with the wing.
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the rassmusson vs. cobra is the name of 2 blade shapes. Greg Barton designed the cobra. I paddled both and just liked the feel of the cobra a lot more. I am sure there is a technical difference and if you email Slyvian at Galasport he can explain it to you. I know guys that paddle both so I don't think one is neccessarily better than the other.

I paddle a 211 with a 45degree offset. Again just a feel thing for me. I tried a longer paddle 213 with an 80degree offset (Scott Shipley's) and did not like it. Coming from a playboating background a little shorter with less offset felt better for me. I went with just a ridgid shaft, but again I know guys that have the adjustable shaft from Prijon and like that flexiblity.
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