Braca XI Van Dusen ’92


10 in stock

Sprint, Surfski, Marathon Racing Paddle

The licensed Van Dusen design, 675 to 815.

Braca XI Van Dusen ’92 is the latest addition to the kayak wing paddle category. In response to high demand and requests from our team riders, BRAČA-SPORT® has licensed the Van Dusen design. The Braca XI blade boasts a special twisted teardrop shape that enhances its ability to achieve a powerful catch and a clean exit, ensuring a smooth and unique movement through the water.

The Braca XI Van Dusen is finely tuned to deliver peak performance, offering efficient power across all cadences. It is our most widely utilized paddle in the USA and remains a favored choice among professional racers for Olympic Sprints, World Marathon Championships, and Surfski competitions.

Marathon blades are specially reinforced with Kevlar tips, while Down River blades feature metallic tips. The edges of both types of blades are highly impact-resistant, making them suitable for use in extreme rocky conditions.

metal tipped downriver paddle

Newest sizes 805 and 720!


Use a 10 cm range (e.g., 207-217 cm) for shafts 10K, 19K, 21K, and a 5 cm range (e.g., 212-217 cm) for all other shafts More Info
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Braca XI Van Dusen ’92 Sizes and Blade Constructions

Here are the configurations for the Braca XI Van Dusen ’92 paddle. We have most of these sizes in stock but contact us if you do not see the one you want.

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Braca XI
Surface Area
Blade Construction
StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiSoftCarbon 60Down River
675675/104.649.515StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfski
705705/109.349.815.5StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiDown River
720720/111.650.115.6StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfski
735735/113.950.515.7StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiDown River
760760/117.851.116StandardExtra LightMarathonSurfskiDown River
775775/ LightMarathonSurfski
795795/123.251.317.2StandardExtra Light
805805/124.851.417.4StandardExtra Light
815815/126.351.617.6StandardExtra Light
835835/129.451.918.1StandardExtra Light

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

Braca XI Shaft Options

Designed and used for many conditions and athletes’ sizes, these blades can be paired with any shaft We recommend stiffer shafts for larger blades but any combination is possible. All of these shafts are possible options for athletes depending on distance and conditions and athlete requirements. When you select a blade size and construction you will see shaft choices.

Braca XI is an excellent kayak marathon paddle!

  • For marathon, we recommend 19K shaft
  • Surfski blades are usually paired with 19K and 21K shafts but contact us for a different shaft option
  • 19K shafts are available with metal or a durable plastic connector ideal for saltwater
  • 21K is always a durable plastic locker and 21K shafts have a smaller diameter
  • 04K and 06K are most popular for sprint or those wanting stiffer performance

These are the Braca XI shaft options:


Braca XI Shaft Length

When you order your paddle you need to enter a Custom Length and select Hand Control.

Length: You can use any 5cm or 10cm length depending on the shaft.  See the image above for more info.

How to enter the custom paddle length:

  • For 02K to 17K, 18K enter a 5cm range (ex: 207 – 212 cm)
  • For the 19K or 21K enter a 10 cm range (ex: 207 – 217 cm)

All Braca paddles are available with a two-piece adjustable shaft that provides 5 cm or 10 cm of adjustability. This allows flexible adjustment of the overall paddle length and blade angle from 0° to 80° right or left in 5° increments. The system also allows you to disassemble the paddle into two parts for easy transportation.

Hand Control: Select Right or Left

Hand control determines which way to orient the locker, left-handed or right-handed.


Not sure which paddle is right for you? Contact us! We welcome questions at





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Professional Kayak Sprint and Marathon Paddle

About the Braca XI Van Dusen '92, a new favorite for kayak competition and training

The design of this unique high twist, tear-drop paddle was the result of three years of development and testing. The paddle was first built in 1992 and sold by CEI as “The #8”. Due to the high demand and requests from team riders, BRAČA-SPORT®, the leading high-end paddle manufacturer for sprint canoe and kayak racing, added this special shaped blade to the product line by purchasing a license from Ted in 2014. The Braca 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 (#8) or the Braca XI, you really should. It does require a more precise entry at the catch than other paddles, but once dialed in provides top performance – efficient power at varied cadences, at EVERY cadence.Ted Van Dusen, Composite Engineering Inc, a leader in carbon racing products. Composite design work by CEI COLORBOND RACING SKIFF CEI, Composite Engineering Inc, owned and operated by Ted Van Dusen, is a worldwide leader in the design and engineering, and manufacturing of carbon composite racing products. In 1988, Greg Barton won an Olympic Gold Medal medal in the Van Dusen Eagle  and Barton & Bellingham won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1,000 in a Van Dusen FALCON K2. Read in more detail in the e-book The Barton Mold.Check out the CEI website  for great images of a variety of composite racing projects! The Brača XI Van Dusen '92 is also available with Marathon blade construction. This is a result of advanced technology, a proprietary blend of composite materials, and was designed with the marathon and adventure paddler in mind. The edge of the blade is reinforced with a kevlar layer that makes it highly impact-resistant in marathon conditions. Kevlar Reinforced Edge of Braca XI Van Dusen Marathon Blade- designed for marathon kayak racing MARATHON BLADE - KEVLAR REINFORCED Surfski Wing Paddle - Surfski version of Braca XI kayak paddle on Atlantic Ocean beach SURFSKI BLADE New - MATTE BLACK SURFSKI VERSION as shown below available with 21K shaft Surfski wing paddle - specially reinforced blade for surfski, ocean and flatwater high current conditions SURFSKI PADDLE WITH MATTE BLACK CONSTRUCTION AND OSCAR CHALUPSKY SPECIAL EDITION SHAFT

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