"You need to consider your height and the length of your arms. Stand up straight next to your paddle, stretch your arm upwards and grab the end of your paddle. If your arm is fully stretched, then it is the right size. As a general rule, add 25 cm to your height to find the ideal paddle size.
Then, you must consider your level of proficiency. The longer the paddle, the more difficult it will be to pull on the paddle after plunging it into the water. This is something you will learn to do through experience and practice If you are a beginner, you can deduct 5 cm from your height to make your first kayaking sessions easier.
Another factor to be taken into consideration is the type of kayak. The wider the kayak, the longer the paddle needs to be in order to be efficient.
Finally, the last point to be considered is your style of paddling. If your paddling style is:- “high angle”, your paddle enters the water almost vertically close to the hull of the kayak. Your strokes are dynamic and powerful, enabling you to reach a higher rate (this style is often used in racing). The settings mentioned above are perfect for this style of paddling “low angle”, your paddle enters the water further away from the side of the kayak, reducing the rate and the power. This style of paddling is less tiring and less stressful for the muscles and tendons (well suited to long trips). Add 5 cm to the length of your paddle, compared with the above-mentioned settings.
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