There’s no right or wrong way to adjust your SUP paddle size. There’s only the right paddle size for you. Therefore, we’ve taken all the different sizing techniques and ideas out there and condensed them down to one simple method that will allow you to adjust accordingly. So, rather than bombard you with countless ways to size your paddle, we’ve broken things down to make it quick, easy, accurate and consistent. We’ll jump right into what to do, but if you want more details regarding the parts of the paddle and other important factors to consider keep reading.
Here’s a quick rundown on how to size your SUP paddle for those that need to get out on the water ASAP! Trust us, we get it! If you’ve got a sec stick around for the methodology and finer points below to get the most out of each and every stroke once your paddle size is dialed in.
Flip the paddle upside down, resting the T-bar grip on the ground in front of you.
Bring the paddle vertically upright and straight (parallel to your body) so you’re looking at the blade end of the paddle.
Adjust the length of the T-bar grip so the throat of the paddle (where the shaft meets the blade and starts to spread. See diagram above.) is at eye level.
Parts of a SUP Paddle
SUP paddles come in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few key parts that remain consistent throughout most designs. These are the key parts that you’ll often hear mentioned in articles or maybe discussed while you’re out on the water sharing insights on technique. Pretty straight forward and of course it always helps to know exactly what someone’s talking about when looking for instructions.
T-bar Grip – the top of the paddle where one hand is placed
Shaft – the long cylindrical part of the paddle where the other hand is placed
Throat – where the shaft meets the blade and begins to widen out
Blade – the flat, wide part of the paddle
Tip – the end of the blade