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The Naish Makani Carbon/Glass Paddle's combination of lightweight materials and durable construction make it as swift and powerful as Hawaii's tropical makani winds. The 75% carbon fiber shaft provides a textured grip and smooth flex without adding needless weight to the feel of the paddle, and the UD carbon and fiberglass blade with ABS rails maintains a relatively soft flex for versatile and forgiving performance while surfing. It also boasts a low swing weight for quick turnover 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. It's light enough to carry for hours, has enough surface area to power into any wave, and is durable enough for years of hard use; no wonder it's Naish's best all-around paddle.
- Anti-twist Vario length adjustment system
- Pre-preg carbon/fiberglass shaft
- Coated Tahitian T-grip handle
- UD carbon/fiberglass blade with ABS rails
- Item #NSH000X
- Q & A
9.0 is Too Beaucoup
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If you're wondering what a 111 sq.in. paddle blade looks like let me describe it to you - it is monstrously big.
I ordered the Makani 9.0 to serve as a dedicated surfing paddle and when I unboxed it I was in awe at the sheer size of the blade. I took it out on a flat water session and it was immediately apparent to me that the 9.0 was too beaucoup for me. Unfortunately, BC does not carry the 8.5 which at c. 100 sq.in. would probably be perfect. So I'm sad to have to return this paddle after one use.
Why three stars out of five? I gave this paddle three stars because despite its size, it is really light and looks really well-built. I also found the Naish's t-handle design to be particularly comfortable. But with a 111 sq.in. blade, I think the appeal of this paddle is narrowly limited to EXTREMELY strong or bulky paddlers. For me it was shoulder cramp city.
Buying tip: Consider the 8.0 or 8.5 sized blades unless you are Laird Hamilton.
Strong, Light and Versitile
This was my paddle of choice when cruising around the island of Maui. There is a lot of discretion when choosing between adjustable or fixed shaft. I personally think the weight is worth its value when getting multi-use outta one paddle. The Naish Makani paddle is light weight and strong. Its got great shape to give you plenty thrust in any situation.
I got to use this paddle when catching waves, cruising the calm ocean and most importantly (I think), I was able to resize it for a friend during a day at the beach. That is not always the case when you have a fixed sized paddle and we all know they are not cheap enough to buy extra.
I think it’s a great paddle and I have used many others. Its definitely on the lighters side of adjustable paddles.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about this paddle!