Bonzai Zephyr Carbon/Wood SUP Paddle
This is about as bullet proof of a carbon fiber SUP paddle as you can find.
When Sawyer, a leading canoe and kayak paddle company for over four decades,
first examined the SUP paddle market, this was the first product they introduced.
Seeing the longer shaft (and thus greater force that would be applied on the
paddle) and the potentially treacherous surf environment, their forty years
of experience guided them to naturally make as indestructible of a paddle as
they could, while also keeping the weight at a minimum. The Bonzai Zephyr carbon/wood
stand up paddle was the result, an ideal marriage of form and function
lightweight yet substantially more indestructible than the competition, and
also strikingly beautiful.
The strength of this carbon/wood SUP paddle is achieved by leveraging the best
inherent qualities of wood and composite paddle construction. The Bonzai Zephyrs
shaft features a wood core reinforced with a carbon sleeve. Compare to the majority
of carbon fiber paddles that just use a hollow carbon sleeve, or a foam core,
the lightweight wood core adds significant strength at very little cost in terms
of weight. The blade features laminated wood reinforced with fiberglass, carbon
fiber, and a Dynel Tough Edge around the perimeter of the blade for durability.
This is the SUP paddle to go with if durability is your primary concern, and
having a lightweight paddle is also a high-priority concern.
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, thats 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 Sawyers 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 arent 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. Ive 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 wont be sorry. Thats
their business, and thats why we recommend them without hesitation at
Tower Paddle Boards.