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What is the standard size for a kayak paddle?

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Most kayak paddles range from 210 to 260 centimeters in length. However, finding the correct paddle size depends on several factors, such as the kayaker's paddling style, height and the width of the kayak.

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The kayaker's paddling style dictates the type of paddle and paddle size needed. Those practicing low-angle paddling for long trips with slower cadence have difference standard measurements than those kayakers who practice high-angle paddling for moving water with faster cadence.

For example, when using a high-angle paddle, a person who ranges from 5'4" to 6 feet tall with a kayak over 26 inches in width should use a paddle that measures 220 centimeters in length. However, when using a low-angle paddle, a person ranging from 5'6" to 6 feet tall with a kayak that measures 28 to 32 inches in width should use a paddle that measures 230 centimeters.

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