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I tried hand paddling this last weekend with NRS propulsion gloves. Since purchasing the gloves I've found that companies like CKS are selling hand paddles that are bigger than the Propulsion Gloves and some seem to have a hard surface for the paddle (as opposed to neoprene creating a web between the fingers).

I would love to try the hard surfaced hand paddles with a larger surface area, but I am concerned how difficult is it to pull your skirt if required.

Does anybody have experience with these paddles...is this an issue, or am I just overthinking?
 

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You can shake them off or push them off using the rim of your cockpit. Obviously you should try doing it yourself in a controlled situation, but I've never seen this as being a major problem. The bigger problem is usually finding your paddle after you've taken it off.
 

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I got some hand paddles (polyethelene with webbing straps) for xmas and tried them out this last weekend. I thought they might be fun but a little limiting. They are amazing! They really do work well and rolling is easier than with a paddle. The water was cold and so getting in and out of them was a bit of a trick with neoprene gloves but I felt that if I was desperate that I could get them off with only a little effort. You can use one paddle to loosen the other or just hook them in your cockpit lip and pull them off. Bare handed they are no problem at all.

I especially liked boofing with hand paddles. You grab the lip of the falls and thrust your boat into the air. So fun!
 

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I make hand paddles, finally got it dialed. we use bunji cord for the hand holds and are adjustable cord length. We also used a 1" webbing to make a leash for each hand with velcro strap. they pull off easily and stay attached to your arm so you dont lose them. I used a 55 gallon plastic drum, 5/16 black bunji and 1" webbing sew in velcro I got 8 pair per barrel. worth a shot if you have time. I can send you a pair for 25 bucks. you could easily make your own. pm for paddles, help, or design.
 

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I make hand paddles, finally got it dialed. we use bunji cord for the hand holds and are adjustable cord length. We also used a 1" webbing to make a leash for each hand with velcro strap. they pull off easily and stay attached to your arm so you dont lose them. I used a 55 gallon plastic drum, 5/16 black bunji and 1" webbing sew in velcro I got 8 pair per barrel. worth a shot if you have time. I can send you a pair for 25 bucks. you could easily make your own. pm for paddles, help, or design.
BOB!!!!

I need hand paddles (again). I think I told you but got no answer. I had the original ones with no leash and one fell off (sucked off) playing in the Glenwood wave. What about securing them with webbing to begin with? At least the wrist...

BTW IMO hand paddles make you roll more confidently, so no need to pull. Well unless you are in a sticky hole and there's no way out, but if so, shouldn't you have your normal paddle to begin with?
 

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With hand paddles you don't pull
your skirt. You roll up. I've been HP only (no stick) for about 5 years and haven't had a need to swim. Once or twice I thought a out it then thought "hey, just roll up.". Even in the stickiest of holes I just hang on and ride it out.
 

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With hand paddles you don't pull
your skirt. You roll up. I've been HP only (no stick) for about 5 years and haven't had a need to swim. Once or twice I thought a out it then thought "hey, just roll up.". Even in the stickiest of holes I just hang on and ride it out.
Interesting technique. I wonder if I could use a regular paddle to "roll up" or "ride it out."
 

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I'm the designer and manufacturer of the PADDLE SADDLE, a device that mounts on the nose of your boat allowing you to stow your paddle during a hand paddle session. when you need it just pull it out and go. Interested?
 

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I'm the designer and manufacturer of the PADDLE SADDLE, a device that mounts on the nose of your boat allowing you to stow your paddle during a hand paddle session. when you need it just pull it out and go. Interested?
How does it work? My paddle is longer than my playboat (?) Pics? Website?
 

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it is a clam shell shaped piece made from Aluminum, the paddle is pushed inbetween the two pieces and held in place. the shaft of the paddle runs under one of your armpits (left or right side) leaving both arms free to hand surf away. I made a prototype years ago, but never really got the product marketed. Originally designed for old school hand surfing. I'd love to work with you if interested in designing one for your boat. Ever get to Fort Collins? Mike
 

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I would love to hook up with some of you locally and learn the "PROPER" hand roll (NOTICE - "Proper")!! I can hand roll, but I seem to have my elbow too far out and dis-locate my shoulder sometimes when I roll. I gave up on hand paddling this winter when I dislocated my shoulder after trying to roll up on the 25' waterfall on fossil creek,AZ. I didn't swim, but it was painful finishing the run with a hurt shoulder! I'm still feeling the pain today!! Although I love the control I have with both hands, it feels as if I loose some leverage?? Oh well, I'm a second year newb and wanted to try something that just looked soooooo COOL!!! "TIPS" would be greatly appreciated!!! Ha Haaaa!!

Cheers!

-Nick
 
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