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Paddling Tip of the Week

October 1, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

For more advanced paddlers, a consistent question is: carbon fiber or fiberglass paddles? Carbon fiber is much lighter than fiberglass - and much more expensive. Lighter means that we spend less energy holding and moving the paddle, and over a long paddle, that can add up. But more importantly, carbon fiber bends less than fiberglass, so more of your effort translates into movement of the craft, rather than bending the paddle shaft. Recall that one of our goals as paddlers is to maintain efficiency of paddle strokes. To make every stroke count, the rigidity of the paddle shaft makes a big difference. The weekly paddling tip is provided by the Ocean Tribe Paddling Club, which is affiliated with the Sanibel Sea School. For more information, visit oceantribepaddlers.org.

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