Quickdraw Rip Adjustable Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle
While this versatile carbon fiber SUP paddle is one of the most expensive
paddles on the market, it features an adjustable length standup paddle shaft
so it can be used by several different family members.
There is a naming convention to carbon Fiber SUP paddles made by Sawyer. The
first part refers to the SUP paddle shaft type and the second part refers to
the blade of the standup paddle. This SUP paddle uses the “Quickdraw”
shaft with the “Rip” blade.
Quickdraw SUP Paddle Shaft
The basis (and distinguishing innovative feature) of the Quickdraw shaft is
that it has an easily adjustable telescoping carbon fiber shaft. There are other
adjustable carbon fiber SUP paddles on the market, but most all of them use
the little metallic buttons on an inner shaft that pop thru a series of holes
in the outer shaft. The problem with these is that they rust with use, especially
with salt water use when not flushed afterwards every time. Like Sawyer’s
stand up paddles in general, Sawyer’s Quickdraw adjustable SUP paddle
shaft solution is far more elegant and built for the long haul. The locking
mechanism is made of a plastic clamp-like feature (which doesn’t rust,
of course) that tightens and loosens a fitting between the inner and outer carbon
fiber shafts. It’s quick to release and minimize the paddle length for
storage or for a smaller paddler.
Rip SUP Paddle Blade
The Rip blade was designed for strong paddlers in a surf environment, but
works great for flat water paddling as well. It features a fan profile and dual
scoop/dihedral power face that puts the maximum blade area at the tip of the
blade. It also features a very solid no-flutter catch. The blade features a
laminated wood core reinforced with fiberglass, carbon fiber technology, and
a Dynel Tough Edge around the perimeter of the blade.
About Sawyer Stand Up Paddles
Sawyer has been making performance driven paddles made out of the highest quality
materials since 1967. Their philosophy and attention to detail in stand up paddle
production is multi-dimensional. Instead of just focusing on a single dimension
in SUP paddle construction like weight, which many would argue that too many
SUP paddle manufacturers do, they factor in superior looks, feel, and perhaps
the most important - toughness. In our opinion, that’s really what makes
Sawyer paddles the premier stand up paddle on the market – an uncompromised
balance of toughness and weight, matched with their unique attention to feel
and beauty. The pride of craftsmanship shows thru.
In the world of SUP paddles, there are wooden SUP paddle companies a carbon
fiber stand up paddle companies. Sawyer being in the paddle production business
for over forty years in the United States encapsulates the best of both the
wood and carbon fiber companies, and innovatively mixes the two where advantageous.
Thus Sawyer SUP paddles have a natural expertise advantage over most all SUP
Stand Up Paddle Toughness
SUP paddles are a lot longer than canoe or kayak paddles. Depending on where
you frequently take your stand up paddle board, they also might be spending
a considerable amount of time in the waves. Even outside of the SUP surfing
zone, the sheer length of an SUP paddle means the amount of force they are subjected
to is substantial. Toughness should be a major factor in your decision of which
stand up paddle to rely on.
Stand up paddles like Sawyer’s Bonzai Zephyr, which has a wood core shaft
that is reinforced with a braided carbon sleeve take full advantage of the flex,
beauty, and strength of wood and purposefully augment this with carbon fiber
composite technology. For the SUP paddle blades, they use a construction of
laminated wood reinforced with fiberglass, carbon fiber, and a Dynel Tough Edge
around the perimeter (which provides built in protection from dings to the blade).
Where many SUP paddle brands just make a paddle “with some carbon fiber
thrown in it”, often times they aren’t doing this in a purposeful
manner. Just because a paddle is labeled “carbon fiber” does not
mean it is using carbon fiber in a logical manner. The result may be a paddle
that snaps the second day you use it (which I have personal experience with),
or it may be a paddle whose shaft strength or SUP blade strength can be severely
compromised the first time you drop or nick the paddle (which happens frequently).
There is actually a $25 SUP accessory product called a “Paddle Guard”
that is a kind of rubber edge lining that is designed to fit around the perimeter
of a carbon fiber SUP paddle to prevent damage to your paddle blade, and claims
to not affect your performance. I’ve had SUP shop owners recommend this
product to me. The natural question, of course, is, “Why not just make
paddles that are designed to self-protect?” Surprisingly, many SUP paddle
With over four decades of experience, Sawyer understands the demands and abuse
that paddles can take and what that necessitates when building a carbon fiber
stand up paddle, a wooden SUP paddle, or a fiberglass paddleboard paddle that
will last. They understand the tradeoffs. It not always the wisest move to make
a 16 oz paddle and cut a few corners when you could make a still very lightweight
20 oz paddle (with optimized swing weight, which translates to a lighter feel)
that is designed to far outlast the 16 oz paddle.
Go with a Sawyer stand up paddle and you won’t be sorry. That’s
their business, and that’s why we recommend them without hesitation at
Tower Paddle Boards.