Buy BRAČA-SPORT® Paddles Online
Now Available at FastPaddler.com
We are an independent, Factory-Direct, US Distributor for BRAČA-SPORT®.
Owned and operated by Chris Chappell in Boston, Massachusetts.
BRAČA-SPORT® has 11 different kayak paddle models. Each model has options for surface area and blade length. You can choose shaft flexibility and adjustment length, typically stiffer shafts for larger blades. We keep several models in stock at all times for faster shipping to you- VISIT FULL SHOP, or you can order any other model, in any configuration, to be included in our next shipment. We also stock Braca SUP and Braca Dragon paddles.
The BRAČA-SPORT® Advantage:
A Full service company: UNICARBON® , a division of BRAČA-SPORT®, develops, manufactures and markets ultra light, high performance, unidirectional dry and pre-impregnated (prepreg) carbon fabrics, used by manufacturers of advanced Automotive, Ultralight Aircraft, Construction, Energy, Marine, Sports and Recreation applications and products. Broad in-house engineering and manufacturing talent allows Braca to continually innovate to provide the highest quality and performance paddles – most recently the Extra Light and Surfski Blades and 19K surfski shafts. BRAČA-SPORT® is proud to develop, manufacture and market all products from their facilities in Lithuania and Hungary.
High Performance: BRAČA-SPORT® has a long tradition of winning, consistently being the paddle of choice for top Olympians, World Champions and Elite paddlers around the world. In 2016 BRAČA-SPORT® continued to be an Official Service Company of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, bringing home the most medals of any paddle supplier.
Weight: In the past Braca paddles were often considered heavy vs. the some of the competition but not anymore. While not an issue for sprinting, lighter weights are obviously advantageous in longer distance events or training. FastPaddler stocks primarily the new “Extra Light” blades which are some of the lightest, strongest blades in the industry. We weighed all of our first 50 paddles, and the weights were consistently lower than the other mainstream competitors we have weighed. Contact us for more exact weights on your configuration.
Durability: All Carbon – no carbon/foam sandwich. The Extra Light and Surf ski blades are made from solid carbon, with the Surf ski blades built with slightly more carbon reinforcement to deal with very large surf conditions. While over time your blade may get scratch or even a slight chip from striking a rock, it will hold up much better then any of the sandwich constructions. We have examples we can show you. We can even order optional Kevlar reinforced tips for the adventure class paddler for extreme down river conditions.
Adjustability: A new locker – it is all metal construction. The locker is very secure, and easy to adjust. There is no slipping or chance of breaking like a plastic locker. Surfski Shafts, “19K” come standard with adjustment range of 10cm, all other shafts with 5cm range.
Customization: – Choose the paddle blades type, paddle blade size, paddle shaft stiffness, and paddle length to meet your personal requirements. All our paddles are assembled locally with special industrial hot glue, allowing for later updates to paddle shafts should the need arise. Or if you have an older Braca paddle, please contact us if would like to update to a newer softer shaft with lever lock and breath new life into that older paddle!
BRAČA-SPORT Kayak Paddles
FastPaddler currently stocks the following popular BRAČA-SPORT® blades and shafts primarily used for:
General Paddling, Marathon and Surfski:
Note: BRAČA-SPORT® designs and manufactures paddles for: Canoe Polo, Dragon Boat, Flatwater, Freestyle, Marathon, Ocean Racing, Outrigger, Slalom, Touring, Waveski, Stand Up and Wildwater. With a total of 130 different canoe and kayak paddles with over 400,000 configurations they have the right paddle for everyone. FastPaddler can order any of these configurations if we do not have in stock what you are looking for.
In-Stock Sizes (cm), Extra Light Construction:
735: 50.5 x 15.7 – Most popular size for marathon and surfski. Typically average size and strength paddler
705: 49.8 x 15.5 – Most popular size for marathon and surfski. Typically lighter paddler, or someone who just prefers a smaller blade then the 735
760: 51.1 x 16.0 – Popular for marathon or shorter distance races. Typically larger and stronger paddler
775: 51.1 x 16.8 – Popular for ICF larger paddlers. Limited stock, also a demo on hand.
The Braca XI blade shape was originally designed by Ted Van Dusen in 1992 after three years of development and testing. Due to the high demand, Brača-Sport added this special shaped blade to the product line by purchasing a license from Ted in 2014. The XI is considered a “high twist” shape which facilitates a strong catch and clean exit. Many paddles on the market have emulated this shape, but if you have not tried one of Ted’s original paddles or the Braca XI, you really should. It does require a more precise entry at the catch then other paddles, but once dialed in provides top performance – efficient power at varied cadences. If you are looking for a more forgiving paddle where less catch precision is required, the proven Braca IV could be a great match.
In-Stock Sizes (cm), Extra Light & SS Construction:
735: 49.5 x 16.3 – Most popular size for marathon and surfski. Typically average size and strength paddler
705: 49.0 x 15.8 – Most popular size for marathon and surfski. Typically lighter paddler, or someone who just prefers a smaller blade then the 735
670: 47.5 x 15.2 – Most popular for very light paddler or youth.
765: 50.0 x 16.8 – Popular with larger paddlers on flat water. Limited stock.
The Braca IV has been one of BRAČA-SPORT® most popular paddles for all types of paddling: used in Olympic Sprints, World Marathon Championships, and Surfski events. The IV is a more “forgiving” shape then the XI, VI or VII meaning easier at the catch
In-Stock Shafts (Higher Stiffness # = Softer Shaft):
Stiffness # is deflection in mm with 10kg weight
19K: Stiffness = 4.5. Designed in collaboration with Oscar Chalupsky for the Surfski market, or any one looking for the softest, lightweight 100% carbon shaft on the market. 10cm of adjust-ability.
17K: Stiffness = 3.3. Less popular, but often used for paddlers who feel the 19K may be too soft. 5cm of adjust-ability.
06K: Stiffness = 3.1. Popular for 735, 705 size blades on flat water, some mild ocean paddling. 5cm of adjust-ability.
04K: Stiffness = 3.0. Popular 760 and 775 size blades for larger paddlers on flat water. 5cm of adjust-ability.
Note: Braca offers stiffer shafts that are typically used for sprint paddlers – all models can be ordered
Shaft Stiffness Measurement Process:
Typically the bigger the blade and the larger/stronger the paddler, the stiffer the shaft you may want.
1. Paddling in varied water conditions, such as the ocean where you may be constantly accelerating to catch a wave, or in moving water. The 19K is specifically designed for these ocean conditions when at their worst, but a 17K or 06K can definitely be used
2. Paddlers who are looking to ease stress on joints. As we get older, our joints may not be able to take the rigors of our earlier years, hence many paddlers will move to a softer shaft. This moves more of the stress/shock from your joints to the shaft. Yes, you may lose a very small percentage of power, but hardly noticeable in all but elite paddlers.