Written by Kialoa Paddles
Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00
Un-topped paddles with full carbon shafts are
available in two height ranges: SHORT and
SHORT: A short, un-topped paddle can build
paddle sizes of 66”—76” ONLY, covering
people who are approximately 5’—5’8” tall.
LONG: A long, un-topped paddle can build
paddle sizes 76”—86” ONLY, covering people
who are approximately 5’8”—6’8” tall.
WARNING: Do not cut sizes shorter than
specified range. Due to the taper in the shaft
the T-top will NOT FIT if you cut any carbon
shaft down more than 10 inches.
1 // sizing: First determine the size for your
customer by adding 6”—10” to their overall
height. If your customer is more frequently in the
surf, lean toward the shorter end of the range for
quicker maneuverability on the waves.
2 // Cut paddle to desired height. For the
carbon shafts, we recommend a band saw
or wet tile saw. For the aluminum shafts, a
hacksaw is fi ne. Make sure it is an even cut
to allow the T-top to rest fl at.
Do not clamp tube/shaft in a vise on a
carbon shaft as this may cause it to collapse.
3 // Lightly sand outside of shaft where it will
be inserted into the T-top. This creates texture
to which the glue will adhere.
4, 5 // Insert the foam plug into the end of the
shaft until flush with the top of the shaft.
6, 7, 8 // Use regular setting two-part epoxy
glue. Coat the inside of the T-top as well as
the sanded portion of the shaft to be inserted
into the T-top and coat top of foam plug. Make
sure to use an adequate amount of glue to
ensure an air-tight seal. Failure to do so may
cause water to leak into the shaft.
IMPORTANT: Orient the flat side of the
T-top facing the front of the blade (the side
with logo sticker). After firmly pressing
the T-top into place, look down the shaft to
ensure the T-top is parallel to the blade.
9, 10, 11 // Excess glue should seep out
from where the T-top meets the shaft. Clean
excess glue from around the seal with a
paper towel. An even amount of glue seeping
out from the T-top is an indication of a good
seal. If none seeps out it is likely not enough
glue was used.
12 // Stand paddle upright, stabilize the blade
so it won’t move, and let it dry overnight.
FOR FURTHER HELP CONTACT KIALOA PADDLES
AT: 541.382.5355 OR EMAIL:
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 21 October 2010 21:58
How To Glue A Quick Blade Paddle
1 // Subtract 3 inches from the desired
length to allow for the handle and mark
with masking tape to keep the shaft from
splintering while making the cut.
2 // Cut the paddle to size with a carbide
tipped saw blade or hacksaw.
3 // Use about 120 grit sandpaper to
chamfer the outer edge of the carbon tube.
4 // Use sand paper to scuff the inside of the
tube to allow a better bond.
5 // Mix about a 1/2 ounce of 5 minute epoxy on a piece of cardboard.
6 // While using a latex glove, smear a generous amount of epoxy into the shaft
7 // While using a latex glove smear a
modest amount of epoxy around the handle
8 // Twist the handle one half turn while
pushing the handle into the shaft.
9 // Use a paper towel or rag to wipe excess
epoxy from the joint.
10 // Be sure to line the handle up parallel
with the blade and let it cure for at least
Written by Administrator
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 01:34
Always be aware of your center point and stance. These are your keys to balance and paddling speed.
1 // Stand at the center of the length of the board, fore and aft. The handle is an excellent reference point.
2 // Place your feet approximately shoulder-width apart in a comfortable and stable position.
3 // As in all sports, bend your knees slightly.
4 // In the stance position, make sure your feet are parallel to your shoulders and one foot is slight back (1 to 1 1/2” back)
from the other. This will give you stability and core balance.
- Finding your center point and having the correct stance will enable you to have more stability, paddle speed and less time in the water.
Monday, 18 October 2010 00:53
Driving down California's Pacific Coast Highway, waterman Eric Diamond (aka E.D.) flashes on the fact that SUPing adds a whole new to the shore. On calm days, paddling out to a crowded surf break is a cakewalk. As the world of SUP grows, having the right approach to other watermen and -women will help steer our new culture in the right direction, easing potential animosity toward SUP in the surfing arena. Here, E.D. gives us some pointers for both going out for waves and respecting the lineup.
There are several things I typically do when I get out in a surf break with surfers surrounding me. First I'll call out sets, letting the first good waves go by. When I do get a wave, I generally ride it all the way to the beach, then take my time paddling back out, casually. This eases any uptight situation in the water. Just sitting on my board, chatting with those in the line-up, makes me feel like I do on my 6'4" shortboard. Tension levels go way down.
When you understand how to surf a lineup with the proper etiquette, you can venture out to new and undiscovered breaks based on tides and swell direction. Trust me - there are many out there in your own backyard. You don't need to always be in the "scene," where the lineup is your stage and you dominate the wave-catching world. Exploring new breaks is respectful; it's also adventure and fun. Those paddle-bys - when you go through a lineup to get to another reef a half-mile out - make curious onlookers think of you as an adventurer … because you are.
So the next time you paddle out to some crowded line-up, tempted to do battle in the crowd like Spartacus in an arena with angry gladiators, calm the crowd like Jesus instead. Walk on water with a humble soul; you'll be surprised at the response and respect. then venture out like an explorer and discover new territories you never knew existed.
1// Becoming one with the crowd to neutralize any tension in the lineup
2// Call out set waves for the surfers and you'll be surprised at the change in attitude
3// Follow these tips and you'll be shown respect and waves
Eric Diamond is a complete waterman. He also is the creative director of
Honolua Surf Company, combining his personal passions and professional
skills to shape and articulate Honolua's waterman lifestyle.
Written by Administrator
Friday, 15 October 2010 17:22
The kneeling position allows you to get back to dry land when the wind is blowing offshore.
1// Maintaining your balance, with your paddle in hand, transition from standing to kneeling at the center of the board.
2// Stabilize yourself on the board while keeping a solid grip on your paddle.
3// Once you feel secure, lift the paddle in both hands and prepare to stroke.
4// Hold the paddle vertically and grip it with both hands at the middle of the shaft.
5// Move your hands about 18" apart.
6// Begin to paddle, rotating sides of the board. Depending on the size of your board, you may have to switch sides frequently. Smaller boards tend to shift direction more quickly.
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