The extended kayak paddle for SUPing that you always wished for is finally here! The Oblio double bladed SUP paddle with rotating handles is the next greatest advancement for SUP enthusiasts. This paddle will allow you to paddle straighter and faster with less effort!
Sometimes the obvious isn’t so obvious. Sometimes is takes a fresh perspective to see what’s right in front of us all along. At Oblio we’re taking a new look at the way we paddle. And we’re finding exciting ways to make a good thing even better. – Oblio Paddles
The Oblio paddle shaft will be made from 100% carbon, a carbon & fiberglass hybrid or aluminum. It will be adjustable to fit different sized people or a fixed length for just one user. It will also feature the unique rotating handles that will make it famous. The handles take a lot of strain off your wrists, shoulders and back by letting your hands rotate to a comfortable position that’s in line with the rest of your body. In addition to the comfortable handles, you can paddle forward without having to use corrective strokes or switching sides every few strokes.
With this paddle you can leisurely cruise or if you’re looking for that awesome core workout, you can really engage your muscles and propel yourself forwards faster than before. I actually get a better workout with the Oblio paddle than I do with a standard SUP paddle because every stroke is on the opposite side. As you complete the release phase of your stroke, the other blade is already setup for the next stroke. This leaves little time for recovery between strokes and keeps you engaging those core muscles at a very consistent rate.
“This new SUP paddle is ahead of its time. It allows me to increase my paddle strokes and speed without additional effort. The paddle is larger than normal with a longer shaft and two blades but its balanced and doesn’t feel heavier. I noticed my old single blade paddle feeling heavier after paddling with the Oblio.” – Jeremiah
Although this paddle has lots of great features it has two major flaws. First, is the ability to paddle in small spaces. If you’re coming into shore with low hanging trees or squeezing through a small tunnel, you’ll need to be careful because that second blade needs a little extra space to circle back through the air. But, if you plan ahead of time, you should be able to line yourself up to glide through whatever obstacle there is.
Secondly, once you get used to this paddle, you’ll never want to go back. These new paddles aren’t allowed in races yet; so if you’re training for a race, you might want to stick to your regulation race paddle.
If you’re still skeptical, the best thing you can do is try one. Look for them at your favorite local SUP shop in the near future!