The vast majority of SUP paddles are what you call
"Cut-down" paddles. While there is a little
variation, they typically come in a length that
will accommodate a person that is 6'4" or so,
and you simply cut the shaft down to accommodate
your specific height and then epoxy (glue) the handle
on. There are fixed length wood SUP paddles, which
you have to buy at a specific length and there are
adjustable SUP paddles. while the concept of adjustable
length paddles sounds great, except at the very
high-end of the market, adjustable paddles leave
a lot to be desired. Low end adjustable paddles
are a lot weaker and are known to snap on occasion.
What's more, they frequently employ metallic adjustment
mechanisms, which can rust. We recommend you stay
away from most mid-range adjustable paddles. The
high-end ones can be great, but also come at a price.
Once you've measure the height you want your paddle
to be, how you cut it depends on the material type
of the shaft. For any cut, you're going to want
to WRAP THE SHAFT WITH MASKING TAPE A FEW TIMES.
This prevents it from chipping when you make the
For a basic aluminum paddle, you'll likely need
to cut it with a hacksaw. It's tricky to free cut
a strait cut with a hacksaw, so if you have a jig
to ensure the blade cuts straight, that's ideal.
For a carbon fiber paddle, we recommend you use
a chop saw. Ideally, you'd use a blade that can
easily cut thru carbon fiber. At Tower, we use a
carbide blade and it works fine. You can also use
a hacksaw on your carbon fiber blade, but it's difficult
to cut straight so we don't recommend it. You can
probably also use a skill saw, but a chop saw works
Remember when cutting the shaft that you'll be
attaching the handle to the top, so factor that
into your final length measurements.
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