How to choose a sup paddle?

There is a wide range of stand-up paddle (SUP) paddles to choose from. It is easy to get lost when you are buying one for the first time.

How to choose a sup paddle?

There is a wide range of stand-up paddle (SUP) paddles to choose from. It is easy to get lost when you are buying one for the first time. SUP paddle for occasional or regular trips? Detachable or adjustable paddle?  We will help you to ask the right questions so that you can make the right choice


#1 Choose your paddle according to your level

If you are a beginner, it is best to go for an aluminum paddle for its strength, because it is not uncommon to fall on your paddle or press down hard on it when starting out. Another advantage of aluminum is its affordable price.

If you are a regular touring paddler, you will be looking for a more lightweight paddle that you can use for longer periods. Carbon + fiberglass models save a good amount of weight and the blades remain easy to use (they steer well like aluminum paddle blades but do not require a great technique to control them).

100% carbon paddles are even lighter, more fragile (they must be protected from impact, a carry bag is recommended) but also more technical because the blade is designed to give more power at the expense of comfort and stability in the paddling movement.

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#2 Fixed, adjustable or detachable paddle?

You will generally come across fixed or adjustable paddles or detachable/adjustable paddles.

A fixed paddle must be chosen carefully so that the size corresponds to that of the paddler. It will have a more streamlined design than an adjustable paddle but cannot be used by another person of a different height. It will be lighter than an adjustable paddle made from the same material.

An adjustable paddle could fit the whole family or your friends because each person can adjust it to their height. It also makes it easy to change activities: shorten it to surf waves (more compact) and extend it to paddle faster (more reach).

An adjustable paddle can also be detachable: it splits into two parts and as such fits into an inflatable stand-up paddle bag. This makes transport and storage much easier with only a slight increase in weight compared to a regular adjustable paddle.


In order to know which standard size of stand-up paddle paddle will suit you best, hold it straight in front of you with the blade on the ground, the handle of the paddle should reach under your wrist when your arm is extended above your head.

When touring: paddle length = your height + 17 to 27cm

When racing: paddle length = your height + 20 to 30cm (a longer paddle will give you more power, better amplitude and better position)

In surfing: paddle length = your height + 10 to 20cm (a shorter paddle in surfing will save space)

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To make the pleasure and benefits of paddle sports accessible, the Itiwit brand develops and designs products that make people as comfortable on the water as on land. Compact, easy to store, transport, lighter, the Itiwit brand products will accompany you in all your experiences on the water, alone or with your family!