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Braca Paddle Sizes Chart2022-11-19T20:15:38+00:00
  • Braca Paddle Sizes, Choosing Options

Braca Paddle Sizes and Blade Types for I, IV and XI

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I, IV and XI Blade types available

These are the Braca I, IV, XI blade sizes and constructions we have available. Braca fabricates both blades and shafts from their proprietary carbon fiber, resulting in plenty of options and components designed to perform.

With Braca you select your blade size, construction, and shaft.  FastPaddler assembles to your custom length

Blade Constructions

60% Carbon

Softer blade at a lower price, clubs and youth, injury avoidance

Standard

Regular construction, a sprint, and fitness paddle

Extra Light

A lighter version approx 20 to 100 g lighter than standard

Marathon

Kevlar tips for durability for rugged conditions

Surfski

Constructed for reverse forces of brace and current in all waters

Soft

A softer, more forgiving performance blade

Dark colors are in stock and will be expertly assembled and shipped and arrive within days.
Light colors can be ordered for the next shipment.
If Braca makes it you can get it!

Braca XI SizeSurface Area (cm2/in2)L (cm)W (cm)Blade Construction
StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
675675/104.649.515StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfski--
705705/109.349.815.5StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfski--
735735/113.950.515.7StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfski--
760760/117.851.116StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfski--
775775/120.151.116.8StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfski--
795795/123.251.317.2StandardExtra Light----
815815/126.351.617.6StandardExtra Light----
835835/129.451.918.1StandardExtra Light----
 
Braca IV SizesSurface Area
(cm2/in2)
Length
(cm)
Width
(cm)
Blade Construction
StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
610610/94.54514.4-----Carbon 60
635635/98.445.315.1StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfski-Carbon 60
670670/103.947.515.2StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
705705/109.24915.8StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
735735/113.949.516.3StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
750750/116.349.816.5StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
765765/118.65016.8StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
 
Braca I SizesSurface Area
(cm2/in2)
Length
(cm)
Width
(cm)
Blade Construction
StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
775775/120.151.216.5StandardExtra LightMarathon---
790790/122.251.416.9StandardExtra LightMarathon---
805805/124.851.617StandardExtra LightMarathon---
820820/127.151.817.2StandardExtra Light----
840840/130.25217.5StandardExtra Light----
 
Braca VII SizeSurface Area (cm2/in2)L (cm)W (cm)Blade Construction
StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
665665/103.148.415.2Standard----Carbon 60
685685/106.248.715.5Standard----Carbon 60
710710/110.048.716.2Standard-----
725725/112.348.916.4Standard-----
745745/115.449.316.7Standard-----
 
Braca VI SizeSurface Area (cm2/in2)L (cm)W (cm)Blade Construction
StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
750750/116.251.517Standard-----
765765/118.651.717.1Standard-----
780780/120.95217.5Standard-----
 
 
Braca VIII SizeSurface Area (cm2/in2)L (cm)W (cm)Blade Construction
StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
767767/118.957.314.6Standard-----
799799/123.857.415Standard-----
837837/129.757.515.5Standard-----
 
Braca IX SizeSurface Area (cm2/in2)L (cm)W (cm)Blade Construction
StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60
740740/114.751.515.8StandardExtra Light----
765765/118.651.816StandardExtra Light----
800800/124.052.216.2StandardExtra Light----
 
 
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Do you ship Internationally? (No, we do not)2022-09-02T12:28:00+00:00

We do not ship internationally. We only ship to a USA address and then the transaction is complete. We are unable to assist with any export from a USA address to an international address.

What are shipping costs?2022-09-02T12:31:19+00:00

USA

Continental USA  – 2 Piece Paddles

  • Kayak Paddle – $25  – UPS Ground
  • Canoe Paddle – $30  – UPS Ground

Hawaii – 2 Piece Paddles

  • Kayak Paddle – $45 UPS or USPS
  • Canoe Paddle – $45 UPS or USPS

Canada

  • We do not ship to Canada, please check with your local dealer
  • You can buy online and ship to USA address at prices shown above

International

We do not ship internationally. We only ship to a USA address. We do not export or assist with exporting to international address.

  • We can ship to any USA address (Relative, Hotel)
  • We can ship to a broker address in the USA but we are not part of your export process and cannot provide any paperwork except for a receipt with the USA address.
  • Contact us for an invoice payable with International credit card and with a USA shipping address.

Shipping prices subject to change. 1 Piece paddles have additional costs to ship. 

What is the Carbon 60 blade?2022-05-06T20:56:57+00:00

Brača IV 60 is designed for paddlers who prefer a wing paddle with a softer blade and shaft.  These are priced less than full carbon paddles due to the lower carbon content.  The design is the exact Braca IV and is available in 610, 635, 670, 705, 735 blade sizes. The paddles are great choices for club teams, youth athletes, and older athletes who appreciate the lower stress configuration.

See configurations in more detail at Braca IV Carbon 60

 

What should I get for my first wing paddle?2022-05-06T20:57:06+00:00

Contact Chris@FastPaddler.com with your questions!

Paddlers looking to transition to a wing paddle have many options with Braca paddles.

  •  Extreme Twist Wing Paddle

    Adventurous and headed towards racing? The Braca XI Van Dusen ’92 – The Braca XI Van Dusen ’92 is a great shape to take a look at, it’s one of our most popular paddles for its power at varied cadences. A solid performer that uses rotation to great advantage. Wide range of blade sizes and constructions to check out.
  • Teardrop Wing Paddles

    In this category the classic choice is the Braca IV or Braca I (large blades in the IV design) – The Braca IV shape offers blade sizes from 610 to 765 and then the Braca I from 775 to a whopping 840.  The Braca IV also has a 60% carbon option that makes a great first wing paddle due to the more forgiving performance of 60% carbon. The Braca IV Carbon 60 is also priced less than full carbon paddles and is a club team favorite.
  • Innovative Tear-drop Model

    For a transitional paddle, the Bracsa VIII – Bracsa VIII is based on an innovative blade concept and is a great choice. It was designed and engineered to facilitate a softer catch and the generation of smooth, precise and consistent strokes. The Bracsa VIII makes an ideal first wing paddle for sea kayakers due to the soft catch and more forgiving forward stroke posture. These paddles are brand new but from unsold inventory from the factory, with an older label, so they are offered at a very competitive price.

Also … Take advantage of the ability to pick a specific shaft stiffness and custom paddle length, adjustable to 5 or 10 cm centered around your most used length, so you have the flexibility to make adjustments on the fly.

Is the Surfski blade just for ocean paddling?2022-05-06T20:57:13+00:00

No, it’s a great option for flatwater also. Surfski blades have a special reinforcement in the most stressed areas, which makes them suitable for paddling in any waters with current and frequent bracing, including the surf zone. Designed for more strength when bracing or with unpredictable water/wave patterns. When paddling on big waves, these blades have to withstand reverse forces when stabilizing or paddling backward. Surfski paddling requires a softer but more durable shaft, which has to be light at the same time. Braca developed the 19K and our new shaft, the 21K, especially for this purpose.

Braca XI, IV Surfski Configurations – We recommend 19K or 21K Shafts with your selection of Surfski Blade Size.

How to enter custom paddle lengths for kayak paddles2022-05-22T22:53:43+00:00

Braca Shafts are Unique in the Industry!

Braca shafts are made from our proprietary carbon fiber and fabricated specifically for each paddle design.  FastPaddler assembles your paddle to your custom length.

Braca paddles are assembled to order using your custom paddle length. The shaft you select will have an adjustable range of 5 cm (stiffer shafts) or 10 cm (more flexible shafts). To assemble your paddle we need the shortest and longest length in cm. For example, a Braca IV with an 02K shaft might be 212-217 cm. A Braca XI with a 21K shaft might be 207-217 cm.

To assemble your paddle, we start with a very long shaft.  We assemble your paddle by cutting the shaft to your custom length on a Braca jig and then hot gluing the blade on. We follow the official Braca process which you can see in this video.

Braca paddles are not pre-built, each one is custom assembled from your order!

After you select a shaft we need to know your desired paddle length. Each shaft has a range of 5cm or 10 cm.  So we need the shortest and longest measurements for the shaft you select.

How to enter the custom paddle length:

  • For the 19K or 21K adjustable shaft enter a 10 cm range (ex: 207 – 217 cm)
  • For all other adjustable shafts use a 5cm range (ex: 210 – 215 cm)

STEP 1 – SELECT A SHAFT

Shaft Stiffness on order form

Your shaft choice will determine the range of your adjustable paddle. Here is an image of all the shaft types.  Not every paddle has all these options, for example surfski paddles only use the 19K and 21K shafts.

Image showing ranges for custom paddle length depending on your choice of shafts

STEP 2 – ADD YOUR CUSTOM PADDLE LENGTH

Custom Paddle Length on order form

You need to enter the shortest and the longest length for your adjustable paddle in cm.
Remember you can use ANY length, these are just some examples.

Shaft StiffnessAdjustable RangeSome Examples of Custom Paddle Lengths
Find your shaft valueThis is the range of the adjustable shaftThese are just examples, you can use any custom length!

02K, 03K, 04K, 06K, 17K

5 cm

203 – 208 cm

210 – 215 cm

215- 220 cm

19K, 21K

10 cm

205 – 215 cm

207 – 217 cm

210 – 220 cm

Shaft Stiffness

02K, 03K, 04K, 06K, 17K

Adjustable Range

5 cm

Some Examples of Custom Paddle Lengths

203 – 208 cm

210 – 215 cm

215- 220 cm

Shaft Stiffness

19K, 21K

Adjustable Range

10 cm

Some Examples of Custom Paddle Lengths

205 – 215 cm

207 – 217 cm

210 – 220 cm

Braca shafts – more about the 21k vs other shafts2022-05-06T21:12:44+00:00

Braca shafts – more about the 21k vs other shafts

Couple of comments on Braca shafts.
– Yes, I have them all in stock, available via the web site.  I also stock 1 piece, but do not list them online, need to contact me directly.
-21k is 28mm diameter, which is smaller than the 19k and other shafts, so Braca includes .5mm circular shims to glue onto the shaft before assembling into the blade.  Required to get the proper alignment as some folks have noted. Attached is a picture of the shims.  Once the shaft is cut to length, just glue these on with crazy or gorilla glue, let set, then assemble the paddle as usual with Braca hot glue. FastPaddler assembles all paddles unless requested not to.

– Braca has had flexible hybrid shafts for a while, 05K and 09K, blend of fiberglass and carbon.  Before the 19K and latest 21K these were the most flexible shafts they offered, with the 17K being the softest all carbon shaft.  Feedback from the Surfski community spearheaded by Oscar was  there was a need a softer all carbon shaft that was light and has a very fast recovery unlike the hybrid kevlar/fiberlgass shafts.  Braca came out with the 19K which was the softest all carbon shaft available with only a couple of the hybrid shafts overall softer.   Year and half ago, Oscar visited the Braca factory for a week and half and worked with them on developing an even softer all carbon shaft, the 21K.  Braca manufactures their own carbon fiber that they actually sell to many industries outside of kayaking, and also manufactures all their own shafts.  Here is a link to some videos Oscar took at the factory.   fastpaddler.com/oscar-chalupsky-videos-of-braca-sport-factory/

So to make the 21K super flexible, while keeping it 100% carbon to maintain the quick recovery, Braca had to make the diameter smaller, 28mm.   This allowed them to get the flex they wanted, super fast recovery and still meet their durability spec.   Really cool shaft if you have not tried.  I personally love it in the ocean.

Braca also has a spec to measure flexibility of all the shafts, I actually have the set up as well to compare different shafts at times.  Pretty simple. 10kg weight, piece of extruded aluminum and a digital dial indicator. Pic attached.

braca_shaft_stiffness.png

Also, note that Braca does not use a ferule on their 2 piece shafts.  The male end of the shaft is 1 piece.   They are very meticulous in trying to make the flex of 2 piece shaft as continuous as possible, and a ferule epoxied into the shaft makes this near impossible.  If you are ever at an large European event and Braca is there, swing by the tent and ask to talk to one of the owners: Andrash or Arunas.   2 very proud gentlemen who love to talk about paddles and specifically the effort they put into the shafts.

I’m using an Epic Small Mid Wing paddle, which Braca paddle should I look at?2022-09-05T22:19:26+00:00

With a wide range of blade sizes, paddlers looking for a powerful catch and a smaller blade than the Epic Small Mid Wing go for Braca XI 735, 705 or to go even smaller the Braca XI 675.

The Braca IV shape also offers blade sizes from 610 to 765 and then the Braca I from 775 to a whopping 840.  The Braca IV also has a 60% carbon option for clubs, youth, masters.

Take advantage of the ability to pick a specific shaft stiffness and custom paddle length, adjustable to 5 or 10 cm, depending on shaft.  Pick the length that allows you to adjust for different boats or conditions or competition events.

I’m using an Epic Mid Wing paddle which Braca is a good option?2022-05-22T23:06:28+00:00

The Braca XI Van Dusen ’92 is a great shape to take a look at, it’s one of our most popular paddles for its power at varied cadences. A solid performer that uses rotation to great advantage. Wide range of blade sizes and constructions to check out. Braca is a licensed manufacturer of the Van Dusen paddle design.

The Braca IV shape offers blade sizes from 610 to 765 and then the Braca I from 775 to a whopping 840.  The Braca IV also has a 60% carbon option for clubs and youth.

Take advantage of the ability to pick a specific shaft stiffness and custom paddle length, adjustable to 5 or 10 cm, depending on shaft.  Pick the length that allows you to adjust for different boats or conditions or events.

 

 

How do I select a kayak shaft?2022-08-16T00:56:54+00:00

Braca shafts are custom fabricated for each type of paddle by Braca-sport in their Lithuanian factory. No other company provides custom shafts that are manufactured for desired stiffness and flex.

Generally, sprinters use the least flexible shafts, and marathoners and surf skiers use the more flexible shafts.

  • If more flex is the goal then pairing a stiffer blade with a softer shaft is recommended over a softer blade with a stiff shaft.
  • Sprinters most often use 06K or maybe 04K, the 03K, and 02K are for athletes who are primarily serious short-distance sprinters only.
  • Surfskiers use 19k or 21K
  • Marathoners, we recommend the 19K

 

What are the numbers?

Stiff shafts have a high stiffness number and a low deflection number.

The higher a stiffness # = softer shaft, more deflection when weight is hanging

Stiffness # is deflection in mm with 10kg weight

Braca paddle shaft stiffness, How deflection is measured

 

SOFTER

21K: Stiffness = 6.2 or 5.4 Designed in collaboration with Oscar Chalupsky for surfski paddlers, or anyone looking for the softest, lightweight 100% carbon shaft on the market. 10cm of adjustment.

19K: Stiffness = 4.5. Designed in collaboration with Oscar Chalupsky for surfski paddlers, or anyone looking for a more flexible, lightweight 100% carbon shaft. 10cm of adjustment.

17K: Stiffness = 3.3. Less popular, but often used for paddlers who feel the 19K may be too soft. 5cm of adjustment.

06K: Stiffness = 3.1. Popular for 735, 705 size blades on flat water, some mild ocean paddling. 5cm of adjustment. The most popular Sprint Kayak choice is 06K or 04K.

04K: Stiffness = 3.0. Popular 760 and 775 size blades for larger paddlers on flat water. 5cm of adjustment. The most popular Sprint Kayak choice is 06K or 04K.

03K: Stiffness = 2.8. Popular 775 and 815 size blades for largest sprint paddlers on flat water. 5cm of adjustment.

02K: Stiffness = 2.6. Popular 775 and 815 size blades for largest sprint paddlers on flat water. 5cm of adjustment.

STIFFER

 

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