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The Best SUP Paddles of 2012

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Mark Anders

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Kialoa Pupu

When choosing an SUP paddle-shaft length, add from nine to 12 inches to your height for racing and touring, and six to eight inches to your height for surfing. You can extend or collapse the Kialoa Pupu according to your height and whether you’re surfing or touring, so if you need one paddle to do double-duty, this is it. At 33 ounces it’s not lightweight, but the durable fiberglass construction and easily adjustable length are well worth the extra heft.

Quickblade Elite Racer

For long-distance touring and racing, consider a full-carbon paddle like Quickblade’s Elite Racer. It’s ultralight (just one pound) but plenty rigid for mucho power and a quick stroke turnover. 

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