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Aptly named.

The Naish Makani Carbon/Glass Paddle's combination of lightweight materials and fine-tuned, durable construction make it as swift and powerful as Hawaii's tropical makani, wind. The 75% carbon fiber shaft uses filament-wound Kevlar to reinforce bend- and break-prone areas and provide a textured grip without adding weight. A UD carbon/glass matrix along with ABS rail softens the flex of the blade for a versatile and forgiving performance while surfing, and a low swing weight when you're trying to keep an aggressive cadence. 

From the traction-coated Tahitian handle to the precision cut blade, the Makani paddle is perfectly aligned to optimize every stroke and reduce the risk of injury. Light enough to carry for hours with enough surface area and durability to power into any wave, Naish's best all-around paddle is designed to race the wind or feel it rush by as you drop a face. 

  • Carbon/glass shaft and blade
  • Tahitian T-handle
  • ABS rail
  • Kevlar reinforcement
  • Uni-directional

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  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I had the great opportunity to attend the Open Air Demo Day for the Outdoor Retailer convention at Pineview Reservoir. It was amazing to see the vast array of Stand Up Paddle Board companies and Kayak manufacturers and get a chance to try out more boards and kayaks than imaginable.

When I think of Naish, I think of the highest end board company. Naish has a deep history in board sports and a lasting image of the utmost quality.

The Makani is the nicest paddle I have ever used and I had a chance to use it on many different Naish boards. I switched off between the 8.0 and the 9.0 just so that I could get the feel of both. The 8.0 was plenty of grab in the water for me but the 9.0 gave a powerful full stroke.

The T-grip is a perfect fit and the adjustability is easy and does not twist or move. The blade is very responsive and stiff. The shaft is strong and responsive.

Give me a shout if you are looking at SUP paddles.

Eric Watford

Expert Gearhead


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