About Leslie Chappell

Kayaker, mostly in a Nelo 550 with my favourite Braca XI paddle. E-commerce and SEO expertise for the team at FastPaddler.com.
29 July

Sunny Blackburn Challenge of 2018


The Blackburn Challenge is a historic race, an open water 20-mile circumnavigation of Cape Ann, Massachusetts.  The race celebrates the desperate winter row of two fishermen, Howard Blackburn and Thomas Welch,  who had been separated from their Schooner, The Grace L.

Sunny Blackburn Challenge of 20182018-12-28T17:53:50+00:00
29 July

Best Day in Braca History!


The 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and under 23 Worlds Championships are taking place right now at the Regatta Course in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Braca had their best day in history with 38 out of 42 medals! Congratulations to all the athletes!

Best Day in Braca History!2018-07-29T15:18:44+00:00
8 February

Three Reasons to get a Braca Youth-sized Paddle


Braca-sport also makes youth-sized paddles in several configurations. There are a Childrens Canoe paddle and three Youth kayak paddles. The mechanics of the youth paddles are specifically designed to fit children's physiology and minimize paddling injuries.

Three Reasons to get a Braca Youth-sized Paddle2019-01-07T19:27:06+00:00
25 January

Kevlar Reinforcements Arrive


We got our first look at a Braca Marathon blade. Reinforced with a kevlar edge, they are designed for the challenging conditions in marathon kayaking, take a look.

Kevlar Reinforcements Arrive2018-03-29T12:58:28+00:00
24 October

DK Rudders for Surfskis


Don Keisling manufactures custom rudders for all types of surf skis. The 4" and 7" are the most popular sizes ordered. FastPaddler is focused exclusively on Braca-paddles so we no longer stock DK rudders but we use them on all our boats.

DK Rudders for Surfskis2019-10-24T12:58:50+00:00
17 July

Rock and Roll with Braca Carbon Handles!


Braca makes 3 carbon handles for Stand Up and Dragon paddles.  Each paddle is ergonomically designed for a different effect and all have subtle rounding to make them comfortable and effective.  All handles are hot-glued so it is really simple to glue in a replacement.

Rock and Roll with Braca Carbon Handles!2018-02-19T16:33:50+00:00