FAQ2020-12-15T16:01:14+00:00

FAQ – How to Select, Order, Ship, Use

What is the Carbon 60 blade?2021-05-04T13:54:51+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 and 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?2021-06-07T21:10:22+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?2021-05-04T13:22:09+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 Paddles2020-12-15T15:57:36+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

I’m using an Epic Small Mid Wing paddle, which Braca paddle should I look at?2021-05-10T16:21:46+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.

Braca IV is also a great option and has a large range of sizes and blade types to choose from.

Take advantage of the ability to pick a specific shaft stiffness and custom paddle length, adjustable to 5 or 10 cm around your most used length.

I’m using an Epic Mid Wing paddle which Braca is a good option?2021-05-10T16:15:54+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 centered around your most used length, so you have the flexibility to make adjustments on the fly.

 

 

How do I select a shaft?2021-09-09T19:15:48+00:00

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

  • If more flex is the goal then pairing a blade with a softer shaft is recommended over a softer blade with a stiff shaft.
  • Sprinters most often use 04K and 06K
  • Surfkiers use 21K mostly

 

Higher 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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