The Ocean Board SUP paddle is built tough and made out of a combination of materials that are designed to help you slice cleanly through the water and improve your stroke technique, efficiency, and power. But because the paddle is so heavy compared to other competing models, it can be challenging to use for long-distance touring and other applications that require you to paddle faster, such as ocean boarding or racing.
Our Verdict: The Ocean Board paddle is made out of a combination of fiberglass and nylon. Fiberglass isn’t the most durable material to use for paddling compared to aluminum, yet it offers more durability than lighter materials such as carbon fiber. If you’re looking for a lightweight paddle for racing or long-distance touring, this paddle isn’t it. It weighs in at two pounds, which is reasonably light for a paddle in this price range, but the weight can slow you down and tire you out if you have big plans for a day out on the water. The paddle is highly adjustable, so it can be used by more than one SUP user in the home, which can be a big plus to the buyer on a budget. In the end, if you’re looking for a moderately lightweight paddle that’s affordable and able to handle both choppy and calm water conditions, then this model is a great buy.
Overview and Features
If the weight of your new paddle isn’t the top priority, but ease of use and adjustability is, then this paddle will be a great fit. It’s made out of heavier materials, so it can’t quite compete with higher-priced models that are made out of lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber, but it does feature a nice blend of durable materials that are designed to help you slice through the water more efficiently. The fiberglass and nylon blend both contribute to the paddle’s weight and durability.
This paddle weighs two pounds. While this weight may not seem heavy to the beginner, the experienced paddle board user may benefit from a lighter model, one that weighs around one pound. Using a two-pound model for long-distance touring can be problematic after spending an hour on the water. Paddles of this weight can quickly cause muscle fatigue, strain, and joint discomfort. The long-distance paddle boarder often prefers a paddle that’s nearly half this weight. However, if you’re a casual SUP user, then the two-pound weight should not be a deal-breaker.
The paddle is made out of fiberglass, which helps to reduce the weight, but as you may know, fiberglass is not quite as durable as aluminum and is prone to chipping and cracking. This can make this model a bad choice for the serious user in search of a model that can withstand regular use and long-distance touring. Models such as the BPS Adjustable 2-Piece Alloy SUP/Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle features a design that consists of plastic and aluminum, both of which can handle a beating out on the water, without the fear of damaging the paddle, however, these materials can also add significant weight to the paddle’s design, yet the BPS model only weighs an ounce more than this Ocean Board paddle. Many paddlers feel that fiberglass does a better job of transferring energy from the paddler’s arm to the blade, which results in a smoother stroke and one that allows you to quickly fall into the type of rhythm that allows you to pick up speed and cover more ground.
The blade of the paddle is made out of nylon material that’s UV stable and durable. The blade is reinforced with fiberglass for improved durability and stiffness. The blade measures in at eighty-nine square inches and features an innovative design that promotes a stable, more powerful stroke that helps to reduce fluttering.
Choosing the right paddle board size and paddle length can have a major impact on your stroke and your performance on the water, which is why it’s so important that you use a paddle that’s the correct length, based on your height. Fortunately, this model is highly adjustable.
The shaft is made out of fiberglass, which is designed to both keep the weight of the paddle down and promote longer use. This is a three-piece model that features an additional clamp located in the middle of the shaft that helps to secure it, so there’s no fear of the paddle length slipping during use. However, the screws and clamp must be checked and tightened before use.
The oval-shaped handle is coated with durable rubber paint that’s designed to promote user comfort.
The length of the shaft offers a decent adjustability range of sixty-seven inches up to eighty-six inches. The ability to lengthen and shorten the shaft allows you to share the paddle with other members of the family, or you can adjust the length based on application. As an example, when touring, some paddlers prefer to use a shorter length, while the racing SUP user prefers to use a longer length in order to pick up speed quickly and more efficiently. The causal SUP user will adjust the length of the paddle based on their height. A paddle that’ too long for the user’s height can make it difficult to paddle straight on a SUP.
The included carry bag allows you to disassemble the paddle and store it in the bag, protecting the blade from scratches, chips, and dings, while making it easier to transport and store the paddle.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Fiberglass and nylon design
- Highly adjustable
- UV stable blade
- Shaft must be tightened prior to use as hardware can become loose
Conclusion and Rating
The Ocean Board SUP paddle is made out of fiberglass and nylon and is considered one of the best SUP paddles in the Ocean Board lineup. It weighs in at two pounds, which may be too heavy for certain applications, however, the weight is perfect for the casual user. The better than average adjustability range allows you to adjust the length of the shaft based on your height or intended use. Priced affordably and beginner-friendly, this model earned a rating of four out of five stars.