When it comes to standup paddling, your equipment can make or break your session. Whether you’re running a river, charging in the surf, or paddling on a serene lake, the wrong paddle will reduce performance or add muscle fatigue. On the flip side, a paddle tailor-made for the conditions will prolong sessions, increase miles and minimize injury risk, thus increasing chances for overall success, i.e. maximum stoke. We set out to find the best paddles for each discipline of paddling. And after hours of research and time on the water, we found a few perfect options that best fit the following types of on-water SUP adventures. Here are seven of our favorite standup paddles — plus when and where to maximize their use.
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