Hopu meaning "grab" in Hawaiian, this paddle is best for paddlers looking for a solid grab at the catch. Formally known as the "OC6" paddle, this paddle features a larger volume blade design with a double-bend shaft. The very slight scoop on the leading edge of the blade allows it to enter the water cleanly and with more width at the shoulders, this paddle packs a bigger bite at the catch than the original Puakea paddle. At the catch position, the double-bend oval shaft (smaller in diameter than the original Puakea paddle) promotes a comfortable, loose grip and relaxed wrist.
The wood shaft on the hybrid option is handmade and features a T-grip.
The carbon handle on the carbon shaft features a palm grip. All Puakea carbon paddles feature enough flex to be easy on the joints.
Standard sizes: 46-53, Custom sizes: any size lower than 46, any size higher than 53, and half sizes.
Blade Material: Carbon fiber with an ABS edge on the blade. Matte finish
Hybrid shaft Materials: Layered poplar, bass and cedar
Hybrid handle Material: Poplar wood, T-grip
- Carbon shaft Materials: Carbon fiber with a matte finish
- Carbon handle: palm grip.