A whole pile of kayak paddle related news come across my desk in the past week that it’s time for a paddle round-up.
Werner is adding colour options to their Camano and Shuna blades. Along with the current red, orange and amber colours, you can now order it in Azul and Jade patterns. The good news that the new patterns are the same price as if you ordered solid colours.
More info: wernerpaddles.com
H2O Performance Paddles
H2O is introducing a new lightweight ECO-REC paddle which is unique in that it’s made of 100% recycled nylon. It’s pretty stinkin’ light at only 950 grams.
According to the press release it has, “an advanced dihedral blade design for flutter free strokes combined with H2O’s Fast Ferrule (patent pending) system, this paddle is sure to set the benchmark in the $119 - $139 price point”.
More info: h2opaddles.com
Finally, Novorca Paddles has just announced a design collaboration with Cheri Perry & Turner Wilson from
There is more information in the press release below:
For those traditional paddlers who are seeking either carbon blades that reflect the design principles we have used in our wooden blades, for several seasons now, or for those of you looking for multi-section blades that are designed for air travel, overcoming the increasingly stringent size restrictions of most airlines. Articulated yet comfortable loom sections to encourage canted indexing, lenticular-sectioned blades, with sharp edges and tips that slice at entry without a sound, thus virtually eliminating cavitation.
The design has evolved from testing, and building, then testing, and building again, a series of Alaskan Yellow Cedar paddles that are affectionately called 'Razors'. We will of course continue to offer these custom paddles to folks that enjoy these very lively and resonant paddles for those of you that love solid wood paddles as much as we do.
In the last two years we have taken comments and orders from paddlers all over the world, and we have spun off the design and tested protoypes most of the summer to bring this paddle into being as a foam core carbon sectional with Ron Steinwall of Novorca fame.
In the course of our travels we have had an opportunity to test some of our students' Novorca paddles first hand. We have always been impressed with the build quality of these carbon paddles. We have been encouraging Ron to build a sectional sticks for several years now, and he has really delivered on this idea in these paddles. We think you will agree with us that these are the finest sectional GPs available.
These three piece-paddles are available for order through either Novorca or
Kayak Ways, now! The carbon Kayak Ways Razor will also be available as a one-piece paddle. The inherent design principles of these paddles easily morph into other lengths and widths. More details to follow!
More info: novorca.com
Werner Paddles just announced their new SUP racing paddle line called the Grand Prix which will come with three blade shapes in both straight and bent shaft (12 degree bend) designs.
The straight shaft weighs in at an unbelievable 15.5 ounces and of course that light weight comes at a price. The MSRP is $389 for the straight shaft while the bent is going to be approximately $465.
Look for it at your local paddling shop mid-March.
More info: wernerpaddles.com
Werner Paddles has added a new warehouse and shipping facility to support their growth. The new facility located in Monroe Washington is just a few miles from the production factory in Sultan. This new facility has more than doubled the space allocated for storage of paddles. Additionally, Werner’s Shipping Department is now located in this space which will allow more room for staging orders. The old warehouse space in Sultan will be used by the Production team to house new machinery and improve production flow.
The implementation of the new facility to Werner dealers has been seamless. All correspondence and return shipments will continue to ship to the production address in Sultan, Washington. The only visible change is that Werner will not be shipping any paddles same day as the order is placed. All in stock paddles will ship the next day.
“The addition of the new warehouse and shipping facility really show our dealers how we continue to invest in our infrastructure to support the growth in our business. The cornerstone of what we do; providing the world’s best paddles and outstanding customer service, will now be better supported by our facilities.. We are looking forward to a great new year with the best paddle delivery in the business,” says Jim Miller, Werner Paddles Marketing Manager.
Werner Paddles is the leading manufacturer of high quality kayak, canoe, and stand up paddles, operating near the banks of the Skykomish River in Sultan, WA. For more information call 800.275.3311 or visit us at www.wernerpaddles.com.
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is pleased to announce that Werner Paddles has joined our organization as a Vendor Partner.
Over forty years ago, founder Werner Furrer Sr. saw a need to design and build his own kayak paddles. His goal was to give his family more enjoyment as they explored the waters of the Pacific North West. Today, a short distance from where the first paddle was built in the family garage, Werner Paddles now calls Sultan Washington home.
It is here that the employees of Werner’s design and production team handcraft the world's finest kayak, canoe and stand up paddles. These folks pour their pride into every paddle to give their customers more enjoyment on the water. This pride and quality workmanship is evident every time you pick up a Werner Paddle. You see their unsurpassed attention to quality and feel it with every stroke.
The employees at Werner believe Advanced Designs and a Great Fit are the key ingredients to achieving Ultimate Paddle Performance. “Advanced Designs” mean much more than great blade designs and light weight construction. It includes maintaining bomber durability, shaping comfortable grips and providing amazing features to ensure all these features work together as a whole to create a well-balanced paddle.
Doug Ragan, Director of Sales shared his thoughts on Werner becoming a vendor partner with Grassroots Outdoor Alliance: “We are excited to be a part of Grassroots and looking forward to growing closer with its many members. Grassroots provides a super platform to partner with some of the smartest and strongest outdoor dealers in the industry.”
With such high product standards and a history of producing fine, quality products, Werner Paddles seems a natural fit to the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. Ed McAlister, owner of River Sports Outfitters and Chairman of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance’s Paddle sport Vendor Committee, shared his thoughts on Werner Paddles: “Werner is the best paddling manufacturer in the industry and we could not ask for a better company in terms of quality product and staff to partner with. We’re thrilled to have them on board.”
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance unites independent outdoor retailers as a strong voice to protect and promote the experience of outdoor enthusiasts across the United States. To learn more about Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, visit our website at www.grassrootsoutdoors.com.
I saw this posted by Sea Kayaker Magazine on the old Facebook so I wanted to pass it along just in case you hadn’t seen it.
[blockquote]ALERT - PADDLES & DRY SUITS STOLEN
This really sucks. Recently
Update: User, irened over on the Professor Paddle forum posted an update with a bit more information about what was taken:
[blockquote]Yes it was a break-in, after the July 4th fireworks I guess. Herbie said the suits (12 actually) were 3 cobalt and 4 mango Gortex, and 5 blue Tropos, all men's except for one - plus the 23 paddles. Thanks again![/blockquote]
Congratulations to Werner Paddles who were voted as the second best company to do business with in the outdoor industry. The survey was part of the annual SNEWS Outdoor Retailer Dealer Survey which you can read if you are an SNEWS subscriber.
The SNEWS full survey lists the best and worst vendors to do business with and Werner landed right behind Patagonia who took the number one position.
I would agree with the survey that Werner is great to work with. That being said, I am a sponsored paddler with Werner so you could be thinking that of course I’m going to say that. The thing is that I used Werner paddles for many years before joining their team and they were always a pleasure to help me out anytime I ran into a problem.
Nice work gang!
At the Georgian Bay Storm Gathering a couple of weekends ago, Werner Paddles rep, Mark Scriver had a bunch of fridge poetry magnet kits specifically for Werner Paddles he was handing out. It has lots of good paddling terms but not enough prepositions so it’s a little tricky for anything longer than haiku sentences.
My wife came up with the gem above. If you can't read it you can click on the image for a larger version of it. According to my kids, its Jonas Brothers approved. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
Werner Paddles has lunched a new Bent Shaft Stand Up Paddle aimed squarely at the fastest growing categories of Stand Up Paddling, cruising, fitness and racing.
“Our new Bent Shaft SUP is the best choice for dedicated paddlers who want to gentle to their bodies while getting more power for the same amount of effort,” say Jim Miller, Werner’s Marketing Manager.