Werner Paddles Launches First Race Specific SUP

Werner Paddles has developed the first Stand Up Paddle designed from the ground up specifically for training and racing.
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Werner Paddles has developed the first Stand Up Paddle designed from the ground up specifically for training and racing.

The Grand Prix utilizes Werner's proprietary Performance Core technology to create the lightest weight SUP on the market. Paddlers can choose between three blade sizes allowing them to match their power and board glide. (S1000: 91 sq. in 18.75 x 7.25 in.) (M1000: 98 sq. in. 19 x 7.75 in.) (F1000: 105 sq. in. 19.25 x 8.5 in.)

The narrow blade profile allows the blade to travel close to the board for an efficient forward stroke. The blade to shaft offset has been optimized at 12 degrees which allows for more power at the beginning of the stroke and less lifting of water at the exit.

The Grand Prix will be offed in both Straight Shaft (15.5 oz. $389) and Bent Shaft (18.5 oz. $465). The Bent Shaft, which is unique to Werner, allows for even greater reach at the catch phase of the stroke and aligns the paddlers wrist to limit fatigue.

A carbon Palm-grip finishes the paddle off for additional weight savings.

“Dealers first got a peak of the Grand Prix Series of paddles at last summer's Outdoor Retailer trade show and have been clamoring for it since that time. After further development and testing, the paddles are finally ready. We are stoked to be shipping the Grand Prix paddles to our dealers begining March 19, 2012,” says Jim Miller, Werner Paddles Marketing Manager.

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