HYDRO – SUP Race Paddle L88
The lightweight, balanced & responsive SUP paddle for racing, downwind & flat-water enthusiasts
The HYDRO Pro Race SUP Paddle is for serious racers who want more speed and reduced fatigue. Whether you are cruising your local lake or crossing channels in Hawaii the Hydro SUP race paddle is designed to deliver power while protecting your body. The Hydro paddle combines exceptional power, ultimate stability, and dynamic flex to help you paddle faster for longer. Throughout the design process, all unnecessary weight was removed making this the lightest SUP race paddle available. For example; a Hydro Pro 78 cut to 75″ (191cm) is only 14 ounces (396 grams) approximately 25-50 grams lighter than any other high-end race paddle. This reduced weight translates into an improved paddling experience while being easier on your body. Thanks to the design and construction the Hydro paddle is also one of the strongest SUP paddles you will find and enjoys a near-zero failure rate.
Upon entry, the Hydro blade is designed to correct poor alignment often associated with fatigue and injury. The proprietary Scooped Dihedral shaping holds the water securely through the power phase of the stroke delivering power in a smooth and efficient manner. Lateral blade movement is eliminated and the toe shaping provides an efficient paddle release. The extension of the tapered scoop towards the toe ensures that the paddle remains stable and delivers power even if you fail to get the full blade in the water. The shallow 8° blade angle promotes an aggressive paddle stroke and slightly shorter overall paddle lengths. We added a slight ridge along the front of the blade, this increases paddle stiffness both vertically and laterally while resulting in increased strength. We smoothed out all edges to increase safety, increase strength and reduce board damage.
Scooped dihedral - blade shaping delivers both power and comfort:
The Hydro SUP race paddle is available in four blade sizes to suit the largest to smallest of stand up paddlers. The LARGE 88 sq in (575 cm2) is suited for riders 85 kg and over. The MEDIUM 83 sq in (535 cm2) recommended for riders 70 – 90 kg. The SMALL 78 sq in (489 cm2) is recommended for riders 55 – 75kg. New for 2018 is the X-SMALL 73 sq in (458cm2) which is designed for smaller and grom riders in the 40 – 65kg range.
Blade sizing - 4 blade sizes means there is a Hydro to suit all paddler - L88 / M83 / S78 / XS 73:
The Large, Medium and Small blades come with our Standard Diameter haft (SDS) and the X-Small blade features our Reduced Diameter Shaft (RDS). The Pro Carbon SDS are shafts are available in Stiff, Medium or Soft while the Reduced Diameter shafts are available in Medium or Soft. Refer to the table below to find the ideal shaft for you based on your weight and needs.
We proudly make our 100% Pro Carbon shafts in the USA, the weight, strength, and responsiveness cannot be matched by other brands. Since the launch of these shafts, we have a near-zero failure rate even in the most challenging of conditions. By working closely with USA based aerospace engineers we were able to increase strength and reduce weight while improving the responsiveness of the flex for efficient energy transfer. Our premium paddles are assembled with hot glue which enables easy adjustment while providing a watertight bond and added shock absorption.
The Hydro is available in 100% Pro Carbon, and 100% Carbon 3-piece Travel options (Note: 73 is not currently available in travel option). Our 3-piece travel paddle features two of our unique HEX joins for a secure and twist free fit, finally, you can have the performance of a race paddle and the convenience of a travel paddle.
Shaft technology - lightweight, incredibly strong, optimized flex & made in the USA:
Our lightweight and ergonomic 100% carbon race handle fits the palm of your hand for comfort over many hours and long distances. Riders can choose between our gloss finish (shown below) or our matte red palm version depending on personal preference. Our T handle is also available on request.
- Use: Racing
- Rider Level: Intermediate to Pro
- Blade sizes:
- Large 88 in² (575cm²)
- Medium 83 in² (535cm²)
- Small 78 in² (496cm²)
- X Small 73 in² (458cm²)
- Blade angle: 8 degrees
- Blade Max width:
- Large 88 = 17.5cm (6.85″)
- Medium 83 = 16.5cm (6.50″)
- Small 78 = 15.3cm (6.02″)
- X Small 73 =14.1cm (5.55″)
- Scooped Dihedral blade shaping
- 3k premium carbon pre-preg construction
- 100% Pre-Preg Carbon USA made shaft
- ‘Bumpy’ shaft for added grip and feel
- 100% carbon lightweight ergonomic Palm or T handle
- Hot Glue assembly for shock-absorbing, easy adjustment & watertight fit
- Weight from 380 (13.4oz)
- Slimline Blade/Shaft connection for positive energy transfer, efficiency, and less drag.