These are the entries for the Paddlesport Product of the Year Awards 2019 in the Paddles category. These awards are organized every year at the occasion of PADDLEexpo. Note that, a product could win the prize although not listed here, if the judges discover once at the show, that a product worth winning was not entered; entering ahead of the show simply guarantees a product to be taken into account by the judges.
JP – AUSTRALIA SUP CARBON PRO PADDLE
The JP Carbon Pro paddle is designed to provide top level performance for SUP surfing and racing. Its Concave V blade was exclusively designed for the high-end JP-Australia product line and it is available in 77 in2, 83 in2 and 90 in2 to fulfill all kinds of paddling styles. This model is produced with the highest quality materials and technology to achieve the lowest weight possible, allowing a quick response after each stroke. The Carbon Pro paddle is available in 1 piece ìcut-to-lengthî, 2 pieces adjustable and 3 pieces adjustable.
The Concave V Blade with parallel outline provides a super stable and powerful catch. Even with a smaller size blade, it maximizes the efficiency of a stroke with a minimal shoulder stress. The release is smooth for an easy transition towards the next stroke. The lamination is made with 100% Carbon pre-preg 3K fibre and the CNC machined core is made of dense PVC closed cell foam has a high memory capacity and does not warp with the time. Moreover, a generous ABS edge for the protection of your board and the blade.
The shaft is made in 100% 12K Carbon for a controlled flex at the lowest weight. An anti-twist shaft system is available on the paddles with 3 pieces. The slotted extensions in combination with the matching clamp also ensure perfect alignment of the paddle extension. A safety pin has been added to the bottom connection of the 3 piece paddles as well as a reduced size clamp to reduce the weight even more. And the handles are made of 100% Carbon.
WILDERNESS SYSTEMS – APEX CARBON
Introducing the newest innovation in premium Wilderness Systems paddles: The Apex Recreation and Touring paddles. Well-suited to a variety of water types, the smooth hydrodynamic surfaces of the Apexís lightweight foam core blades deliver crisp, clean and flutter-free strokes. Paddlers can customize both the length of the shaft and the degree of feathering with the simple flip of the lower-profile lever. Adjustability also enables family members of different sizes to use the paddle comfortably.
The Apex Rec/Touring Carbon paddle weights just 27 oz. and is the lightest option in the Apex series.
ï Designed to deliver maximum boat control for recreational and touring paddlers
ï Features a lightweight yet powerful mid-size foam core blade that works well in any type of water conditions
ï Delivers crisp, clean and flutter-free strokes without compromising power and efficiency
ï Adjustable Size ñ 205cm base length expandable up to 225cm OR 220-240cm
ï Paddle Weight: 27 oz
ï Works well with rec/touring kayaks from Wilderness Systems and other brands
WERNER – STRIKE
For those paddlers seeking the utmost power and dependable catch in a high impact resistant fiberglass layup. Tested by some of the best expedition kayakers in the world on some of the most demanding rivers. The Strike delivers confidence with every stroke. Increased blade to shaft offset for more verticality through the power phase. Design offers versatility for everyday use. Legendary bomber reliability.
STARBOARD – LIMA IN PREPREG CARBON
Because SUP champions boast this paddleís shape actually is propelling the board faster through the water with itís exclusive light, strong and responsive blade technology.
The concave on the power face is guiding the water throughout the blade controlling the wobbling and increasing the water flow speed. The edge defining the concave starts round-shaped at the tip of the blade to separate the water smoothly. It then becomes sharper to dictate the water its path and stabilize the blade. All your power is transferred in a straight forward motion as you donít need to worry about paddle alignment in the water anymore.
– Using full cover pre-impregnated top of the line 3K Carbon Fibers, the blade is again 20% lighter due to the carbon materials.
– Controlled resin uptake. The overall strength is increased with high consistency pre-impregnation.
– Full ABS rail all the way up to the neck for increased durability of both blade and board.
– The direct catch and ability to redirect automatically is what makes our world champion race team choose the LIMA.
– Square blade tip for instant power and rounded edges providing forgiving redirecting.
– New pronounced side concaves for extraordinary tracking.
MARSPORT -NORTHSTAR VOODOO
These are probably the most aesthetic paddles in the world. The ultimate hybrid of new and old technology, combined to give a remarkable high performance paddle.
A Cedar and walnut ovalled shaft, with oiled customisable palm grip, perfectly blends into an ultra thin dihedral carbon blade to give high performance without flutter. The ultralight carbon blade minimizes swing weight and maximizes power.
Be careful if you come to see them on our stand – you might end up falling in love!
SKUK – 4 PIECE PADDLES
This is not a new product for 2020.
Celtic Paddles are paddled worldwide and are renowned for their flexibility, reliability and performance. Celtic Paddles use the unique Paddlok system which facilitates the world’s most reliable and flexible range of multi-part Kayak paddles. The 4 piece locking system allows the Paddles to break down making it easy to pack and fly.
It also enables us to provide White water Kayakers with an emergency paddle that can be stowed below the deck.
No other company can offer this product without agreeing to a license. When assembled these paddles are stiffer and stronger than a 1pc paddle.
MOCKE – DELUXE PADDLER BAG
The MOCKE Deluxe Paddler Bag is the worldís first backpack paddle bag. It is also the first bag to incorporate compartments for ALL your necessary paddling gear as well as your paddles. With this bag you donít need to have separate bags for gear and for paddles, it’s all in one. The idea behind the bag is that it is the only bag a paddler needs to go training or travelling.
The bag can firstly, store your paddles and can take two pairs of paddles comfortably. There is a paddle divider to protect the paddle blades and shaft.
There are two spacious gear compartments which you can use in any way you want. Most paddlers pack their change of clothes in one compartment which they then swop out with their padlding gear after their session. Both compartments have a waterproof lining so you can use either of them for your wet clothes after paddling.
The other compartment can fit all the other paraphernalia that paddlers seem to carry around with them. In this compartment there is also a “smalls” pocket where you can place small things like keys, parking change or a pen knife.
There are two carry handles: one on the side and one behind, used mainly to hang on a hook behind a door or in the changerooms.
Then there are the backpack straps. This means you can throw the bag on your back to get both hands free to carry your boat and other stuff. Itís also handy when travelling so you donít have to sling your paddles over your shoulder. The backpack straps have been specifically placed on the bag so that you can still ride a bicycle to training, or around – the paddles won’t touch the back wheel. And the bag doesn’t sits low enough so you can comfortably walk through a doorway.
The backpack straps can be neatly stowed away in a stow-away compartment. This is handy when travelling so the straps don’t get snagged and break, and gives another place to pack stuff.
All zips are plastic meaning that they won’t corrode and break.
There is a hard wearing pvc plastic boot layer on the bottom of the bag to prevent the paddles wearing through the material at the bottom of the bag.
Finally a thin layer of foam in the lining protects contents against any unplanned bumps.
While the Deluxe Paddler bag is a brilliant everyday paddling bag, it has really proved itself as a travelling bag. It fits all airport luggage criteria to be checked in and is big enough to fit all your stuff, but not that big that you over pack it to be overweight or unpractically full so you canít carry it. One can easily travel to a weekend race with just the Deluxe Paddler Bag.
This bag is not packaged in plastic on purpose. It’s not necessary.
This bag is truly the only bag a paddler needs.
KOBER – PASSAGE EFC TOURING PADDLEThe Passage EFC touring paddle is a first of its kind. It was designed in partnership with top sea paddler, as well as taking from the advances made in other disciplines of paddlesports.
The offset blade position ensures maximum efficiency for a more enjoyable time on the water.
Thanks to the flexible carbon shaft, the Passage EFC reduces the impact stress on your arms and joints, especially beneficial for longer trips on the water.
Available in two different blade sizes and three different split systems.
Color: Carbon natur
Bladematerial: Carbon, EFC, Offset
SCHAFT Straight: Carbon Superlight, o 30 mm,
ERGOSCHAFT: Carbon o 30 mm
DREHUNG: 60° R/L, every other Preference possible
Split System: T2, T7, T8
Weight: ca. 670 g (215 cm)
Lenght: 210 cm, 215 cm, 220 cm, 225cm, 230 cm
Bladesize: M: 46,0 x 17,0 cm
L: 47,0 x 17,7 cm
F2 – HEXAGON PADDLE
The F2 “Hexagon” paddle was developed together with the TU Chemnitz. It weighs only 800 grams and 30% of the carbon was recycled from the automotive, aviation and aerospace industries. It has three parts, is easy to stow away and is stylish and timeless thanks to its matt surface and race design.
Full Carbon – Ultra light and solid – 30 % recycled – Length: 195 bis 240 cm
FREEFALL PADDLES – MODULAR PADDLES
BENDING BRANCHES – THE CATALYST CANOE PADDLE
The Catalyst canoe paddle is our own company-wide catalyst to be more sustainable in our practices. Fueled by a desire to do our part in keeping the planet pristine, we developed this paddle to use remnants from first quality paddles, saving that wood from the firebox. We give a second life to the leftover wood by strategically laying each piece by hand. This care results in durability that exceeds our strength testing standards and means each paddle has a slightly unique pattern. Not only are we reducing our excess material, $5 from each paddle purchased goes to support American Rivers, a non-profit dedicated to protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature. Each Catalyst canoe paddle is made from a combination of red alder, maple, basswood, and roasted basswood pieces that are laid by hand into a unique pattern. Weighing in at 22 oz, this paddle exceeds our strength testing standards with full Rockgard® coverage and a 2 oz. fiberglass wrap, so durability is not an issue. The Catalyst is day trip ready and is comfortable to canoe with for hours due to the ovalization of the solid basswood shaft. It’s smooth paddling on flatwaters with our 118 sq. in. classic teardrop blade shape. Available with a classic palm grip on the bent shaft option, it retails for $149.95. The straight shaft option offers the universal freestyle palm grip for $139.95.