Selecting a Paddle: Blade Size and Paddle Shaft Length

When you purchase a paddle, you need to make two main decisions: blade size and shaft length. Both are related to the height, weight, and size of the paddler, as well as what you’re planning to use the paddle for. Generally, a surfing paddle will be shorter in length than a paddle cut for racing length.

Selecting A Blade Size

Paddler Weight Blade area
in sq. / in.

100 lbs. or less

66

100 to 150 lbs.

83

150 to 180 lbs.

90-92

180 to 210 lbs.

100

210 to 250 lbs.

110

250 lbs. +

120

 

Recommended Paddle Lengths

Paddler Height Paddle Length (handle, shaft & blade)
Foot/Inch Inches Centimeters Racing Surfing Touring

4′

48″

122cm

54″

53″

55″

4′ 1″

49″

124cm

55″

54″

56″

4′ 2″

50″

127cm

56″

55″

57″

4′ 3″

51″

130cm

57″

56″

58″

4′ 4″

52″

132cm

58″

57″

59″

4′ 5″

53″

135cm

59″

58″

60″

4′ 6″

54″

137cm

60″

59″

62″

4′ 7″

55″

140cm

62″

61″

63″

4′ 8″

56″

142cm

63″

62″

64″

4′ 9″

57″

145cm

64″

63″

65″

4′ 10″

58″

147cm

65″

64″

66″

4′ 11″

59″

150cm

66″

65″

67″

5′

60″

152cm

67″

66″

68″

5′ 1″

61″

155cm

68″

67″

70″

5′ 2″

62″

157cm

69″

68″

71″

5′ 3″

63″

160cm

71″

69″

72″

5′ 4″

64″

163cm

72″

70″

73″

5′ 5″

65″

165cm

73″

72″

74″

5′ 6″

66″

168cm

74″

73″

75″

5′ 7″

67″

170cm

75″

74″

76″

5′ 8″

68″

173cm

76″

75″

78″

5′ 9″

69″

175cm

77″

76″

79″

5′ 10″

70″

178cm

78″

77″

80″

5′ 11″

71″

180cm

80″

78″

81″

6′

72″

183cm

81″

79″

82″

6′ 1″

73″

185cm

82″

80″

83″

6′ 2″

74″

188cm

83″

81″

84″

6′ 3″

75″

191cm

84″

83″

86″

6′ 4″

76″

193cm

85″

84″

87″

6′ 5″

77″

196cm

86″

85″

88″

6′ 6″

78″

198cm

87″

86″

89″

6′ 7″

79″

201cm

88″

87″

90″

6′ 8″

80″

203cm

90″

88″

91″

6′ 9″

81″

206cm

91″

89″

92″

6′ 10″

82″

208cm

92″

90″

93″

6′ 11″

83″

211cm

93″

91″

95″

7′

84″

213cm

94″

92″

96″

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