Needless to say, PADDLES ARE VERY IMPORTANT for paddle boarding. Usually a paddle will come in the same package with the board, very convenient. However, what if it breaks or bends? This situation happens more often than you think.What if you can't get the same paddle from your seller, or what if you have never been satisfied the paddle? Would you know how to find a new one, a suitable one? This article may help.

    We will be talking about the material and the shape of the paddle in other articles, in this one we will solely focus on the designs and their pros and cons : a. separable; b. adjustable, non-separable; c. non-adjustable, non separable.

 

Separable (the paddle is disassembled into several compact parts and is adjustable for height)
Pros
1. Adjustable for any height

2. Suitable for all family members
3. Convenient to transport, passes like hand luggage on an airplane
4. Can be carried with the board in a backpack, takes up the least space compared to the other types.

Cons
1. There is a possibility of backlash

2. It is necessary to periodically tighten the bolts and lubricate the buttons
3. Need to rinse after salt water
4. Sometimes you need spare parts

 

 

Adjustable, Non-separable (only the upper part of the paddle can be adjusted for length)

Pros

1. Minimum connections
2. Has good
buoyancy
3. Adjustable for any height
4. Can be used in different disciplines
5. Less chance of backlash

Cons
1. Inconvenient to transport, oversized

 

 

Non-adjustable, Non separable (the paddle is tailored for specifically  and is no longer adjustable).
Pros
1. The one-piece paddle has no external and internal adjustment mounts
2. Does not scroll, there is no backlash. 

Cons
1. It is inconvenient to transport.
2. One length is not suitable for all disciplines.

    It is obvious that the last design is only for professionals, as they want the best set up for a specific race / location. For beginners and amateurs, the first two designs are better.