How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

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How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Notamilonga » Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:31 pm

Share the ways you've accidently broken paddles.

With your help others might be able to reduce paddle consumption rates. (Not me, cough, cough. I've found that by not taking my kayak from the garage I can largely eliminate Paddle Destruction.)

I've got this in Technique cause Accidental Paddle Destruction appears to be a technique. And it seems to be the flip-side of the positive technique Paddle Preservation.

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Notamilonga » Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:43 pm

Seak touring paddle, with a very pretty eye-catching 0.01mm thick faux carbon-fibre paint job, snapped as I paddled out in tiny surf, when I tried to accelerate to get past a breaking wave.
Perhaps I touched the sandy bottom in the shallow water?
Or maybe the paddle components just weren't up to the job?
The odds seem to favour touching the sand.
Though I wouldn't want to risk much on that being the case.

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Camanche73 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:49 pm

I think I had one of those seak paddles. Broke also. After looking at it carefully it seemed like a polymer blade with a carbon look coating which prevented the polymer from flexing but was nit thick enough to provide strength. Worst of both materials

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby NorthSIKer » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:57 pm

Only broken a paddle once. Slapping the water trying to get a humpback and calf to come over to me so I could get a closer look.

It worked and they came over for a look and gave me a wonderful display of synchronised swimming and fin and tail slapping.

Found some hairline cracks in the paddle the next day :roll:

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Boatsie » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:00 pm

Going astern from beach, placed starboard blade in water to sweep and accererate to port. Too much change. Snapped at shaft end

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Boatsie » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:54 pm

Depth 3-4 fathoms. All liquid

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Rhysie » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:47 pm

I've broken 4 paddles in my time.
3 were my fault and one was what I think was a manufacturing fault.
First one was straight stupidity, I stepped on it while putting my kayak on my car.
Second one was even more stupid, I was new to surfing and my roll was poor, I got capsized and my roll failed so I tried to push myself upright with paddle. Snap went the blade.
Third one I broke rock gardening, I don't know what happened but I think it might have got wedged between 2 rocks.
Final one was my Werner Ikelos which simply broke in half at the joiner. It had been wobbly for awhile and was never a good joint. Unfortunately Werner probably would have made good on the repair but I decided that having to sending it back to the USA was not worth the hassle. I would have had to pay postage both ways (over $100 each way) and I would have been without the paddle for 2 -3 months. I ended up making it a one piece paddle.

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Notamilonga » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:26 pm

There is a Riot paddle that I broke 4 times.
1. Like Rhysie I tried to roll upright by pushing my paddle againt the bottom. Split end of shaft. Repaired by twine lashing and epoxy glue on that.
2. & 3. Attempting to learn long lever roll and using excess force rather than coordinated force. Split other end of shaft and split centre of the shaft at joint. Lashing to end and stainless steel tube to central joint for repairs.
4. ?Method uncertain? Proably another forceful roll attempt. Snapped the blade component at the shaft/blade join.

(Canberra kayaker collected the remains.)

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Notamilonga » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:31 pm

Fibreglass paddle. Nice and light.
Then I ended up sideways in shallow surfzone with a breaker coming towards me. I baled out. When I surfaced the paddle was in two halves.

(Will soon start searching for a replacement fibreglass shaft.)

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Mac50L » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:43 pm

Notamilonga wrote:Fibreglass paddle. Nice and light.

Actually means (fibreglass) heavy and break. Now light means wood and no broken shafts either.

What is your paddle weight? 700 grams? 800 grams? What is the weight when immersed? Zero?

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby NorthSIKer » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:37 pm

Mac50L wrote:[ Now light means wood and no broken shafts either.



Wood, the original carbon fibre 8-)

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Re: How do you break your paddle (without meaning to)? ?

Postby Mac50L » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:03 pm

NorthSIKer wrote:
Mac50L wrote:[ Now light means wood and no broken shafts either.


Wood, the original carbon fibre 8-)

Exactly and in desperation, if really necessary, a match applied will let you brew a cup of coffee and produce carbon fibre at the same time.....


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