The thin, ultra-light Zephyr blade is extremely durable and is a favorite among
distance paddlers. Add in the innovatively adjustable Quick Draw carbon fiber
shaft and you’ve got one of the most versatile high-end SUP paddles on
Quick Draw Zephyr Sawyer Stand Up Paddle
This is an ideal paddle for stand up paddle boarders who plan to use their
SUP primarily for flat water paddling, yet who plan to do long distance treks
on a frequent basis. It a great SUP paddle for the exercise motivated crowd!
The Zephyr blade is a thin, ultra-light blade that is also extremely durable.
It’s less powerful than that larger Ellipse blade, but that also means
it’s friendly to a higher cadence paddler which is more typical of efficient
distance paddling. The “on the fly” adjustable SUP paddle shaft
means a single SUP paddle can be used as a perfect length paddle by the whole
family (or guests), and it also sizes down for easier storage or transportation
in the car.
Zephyr Stand Up Paddle Blade
The Zephyr is a thin, ultra-light stand up paddle blade with a semi-teardrop
shape. Before the advent of stand up paddle boarding, the Zephyr blade proved
itself as a favorite among distance racers such as canoe marathoners. Sawyer
instantly recognized that this blade would be well received by the distance
SUP paddler market. While it features a slightly narrower and longer SUP paddle
blade than the Sawyer
Ellipse, the Zephyr still delivers plenty of power while still remaining
efficient for a rapid stroke cadence.
Blade dimensions: 18” length by 8.75” width
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.
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
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.