Carbon Speedster 81 or RDM (Reduced Diameter Shaft)?
NSP paddles come with a standard diameter of 29 mm, which we have found to be the perfect fit for most paddlers, by a very large margin. These standard diameter paddles will work in all paddling conditions that you can participate in. We recognize that a select group of paddlers prefers a reduced diameter though, which is why we created the Carbon Speedster Fixed 81 RDM (Reduced Diameter). Designed with the same strength- and flexing characteristics as the 29mm version, the 26 mm shaft is perfect for kids, women, or athletes with smaller hands.
When handling carbon high-performance products, NSP recommends the use of appropriately padded bags.
How to cut a carbon paddle
Finding out the perfect length and cutting your high-performance carbon fiber paddle shaft to length can be slightly daunting the first time, which is why we created an extensive blog for paddlers looking to learn more about cutting and gluing their paddle themselves. We also edited a basic video you can watch from your phone.
CUT YOUR PADDLE SHAFT TO FIT
After you have purchased your new NSP fixed paddle, you will need to cut and fit to size the shaft, then glue the handle in to place. If you are not familiar with how to do this, please have a look at the video tutorial – whether you race, surf or foil – follow along with Team Rider Paul Jonesy as he explains how to easily cut the paddle shaft to the perfect size.