Paddles Used In Competition
Paddles used in competition are different than paddles used for recreation. The materials used are lighter and the shape is built to improve stroke efficiency.
For kayaking, the paddles are light and strong, being made from carbon. The blades tend to have more of a “scoop” shape to catch the water harder. The length of the paddle should be from toe to an arm reached upwards with the fingers curled over the blade. When holding the shaft, the elbows should be at a 90 degree angle.
For canoeing, the paddle has a t-grip handle on one end and a blade on the other end. Being made from carbon, it is lighter and stronger than a paddle used for wilderness trips. The shaft is longer since the canoeist is at a kneeling position and tends to be higher up from the water. The blade tends to be wide and flat.
For dragon boat, the paddle has a t-grip handle on one end and a blade on the other end. Newer dragon boat paddles are being made from carbon for its strength and lightness. The blade is long and flat.
For the most suitable paddle for yourself, ask your coach.