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The thread "Waterstick just went down the drain!" has become a discussion about Woody Custom Paddles (http://woodycustompaddles.com).

This thread is picking up where that one left off.
 

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ZLSeth said:
Yes, they have a wood core. But it doesn't stop there. Kevlar, graphite and fiberglass are also used in the construction process.

They can be made with a straight-shaft or a bent-shaft. Of course, most people these days want a bent-shaft paddle.

The cool thing about being a custom paddle company is that there is no such thing as a "stock" paddle. To quote the Woody website: "Remember the word Custom, we make a paddle that fits you and your specific needs...." You get custom shaft length and custom feather. Even the shaft diameter can be customized to fit your hand (within reason). At Woody Custom really means custom. It is not a matter of pre-fabricated pieces being put together. The paddle is made from scratch for you.

Earlier this summer, Wayne was making a custom paddle for EJ's son, Dane Jackson. An eleven year old kid needs more (or less) than just a shorter shaft. When you're that size, a narrower shaft and probably smaller blades are necessary.

On the home page of the Woody website, if you scroll down, there is a description of the construction. There is a picture of a paddle, but you can't tell from the angle, unless you look closely, that it is bent-shaft.

Also for people who have not seen a Woody, they are also a distinctive looking piece of (extremely functional) artwork.
Next, a question was asked about weight:

thecraw said:
I own both... and USED to be a very big Waterstick fan. Mostly because of the blade shape and power it generated. Two problems develped though... sore shoulders and sore back.

I have since learned that blade shape size is important for a number of reasons and that a larger/power style blade isn't actaully "better". Primarily because of the health issues that developed (mentioned above).

To answer your questions gh... you are going to have a hard time finding a paddle lighter than the Waterstick Zen.. no argument there. But you probably can't find one with more issues either, besides the Seven 2...

Woody's are VERY light considering their materials and most important... they really leave you with a sense of confidence of "if this paddle breaks I more than likely am in a situation in which I will have a lot more to be worried about then buying another!!!"

They are well balanced, super strong, and true works of art.
Here is what the owner of Woody has to say about weight:
the weight difference is so minimal and nobody has mentioned it after they have gone paddling, it seems that the strength issue far out weighs that, I like to tell people that if they are serious about paddling we are serious about our product, from performance, strength, comfort and weight, just take a look at our growing team of professional paddlers joining the team, we make our paddles by hand so we can monitor every stage, waterstick,AT, seven2,werner,etc ,are all machine made, so they cannot do anything differently
The web address for Woody is http://www.woodycustompaddles.com
 

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So how do you get a chance to demo one?
 

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I'll ask Wayne....
 

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Yo. I have a few woody paddles. You are more than welcome to borrow one.

Another side note on the weight issue. The air core blades make a noticeable difference in keeping the paddle afloat, thus making the paddle feel lighter. And I've smacked the shit out of them and haven't seen any breakage in the blade to cause a leak in the core. You can also lighten the paddle by requesting a paddle with one less coat of resin on the outside. The paddle will be more coarse to grip, and slightly lighter. The downside to this is that it may take a few weeks to build up some callices on your hands.

Let me know if you want to check out a paddle.
 

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My season is winding down due to temps and no water so it will have to wait till the spring or a pool session. Thank you very much for the offer.
 
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