It is possible for any paddle to snap, but it's
not common for paddles from reputable companies.
The low-end aluminum adjustable paddles are notorious
for this, so we recommend they only be used as travelers,
not as an everyday paddle. Also, some of the off-brand,
package deal carbon-fiber paddles are notorious
for snapping. I had one snap the second day I used
it, right at the joint between the blade and the
shaft. It was just overall a bad joint design.
On our Tower Ultra-light
carbon fiber paddles
, we've only seen one snap
ever and it was abused pretty bad for about a year
in our demo fleet before it did. We don't have any record of our
carbon kevlar paddles snapping as they are a tougher material than 100% carbon fiber. On the low-end,
we carry have been known to crease at
The take away here is that it's smart to invest
a little money in a decent paddle, for both performance
and safety concerns. You never really want to have
a paddle snap when you're out paddling by yourself.
A YouTube video we found entitled, "Starboard
paddle snaps on a small day at Puamana Beach Park."
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