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Kialoa Dragon Boat Paddle Arrived

March 3, 2009

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Here are some pictures.

A few initial notes:

This thing is beautiful – it’s like art. The craftsmanship is fantastic.

It doesn’t feel ridiculously light nor ridiculously heavy.

The t-grip is very comfortable (looks very similar to the Axel II t-grip).

It is raised where the wooden shaft meet the carbon blade – this seems ideal as you’ll be able to feel where your bottom hand is in relation to the blade.

Kialoa sent me a 48 (per my request).Β  The balance point on the blade is exactly where the carbon meets the wood.

I’ll definitely see how it reacts to water this weekend!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick permalink
    March 3, 2009 5:38 pm

    We have the same office chair, but you have more monitors and carbon paddles…

    I wonder how durable the shaft seal will be.

  2. March 3, 2009 5:40 pm

    how’s the blade sharpness?

  3. paddlesports permalink*
    March 3, 2009 5:40 pm

    Do you have a 2006 ICF World Games picture in YOUR office? πŸ˜‰

  4. paddlesports permalink*
    March 3, 2009 5:42 pm

    Looks sharper than a ZRE (but I don’t have one right now to look at), WAY sharper than the Grey Owl logs, and sharper than Trivium.

    Not as sharp as the Burnwater but Kialoa indicated to me that the Kialoa paddle is the sharpest it can be and still be to spec.

  5. March 3, 2009 6:02 pm

    Looks nice, and it’s made in the USA. πŸ™‚

  6. lori permalink
    March 3, 2009 6:16 pm

    Sweet. I really am happy with the Axel II, can’t wait to try out the new pretty beast.

    By the way, I do have a 2006 ICF World Games picture in my office. It’s one of my incentive photos. Visualization baby!

  7. Nick permalink
    March 3, 2009 8:25 pm

    Why yes I DO have a 2006 ICF World Games photo and also a 2007 IDBF World Championship photo. heh heh…

  8. Bill Ting permalink
    March 3, 2009 9:14 pm

    Since ‘Trivium’ is mentioned; here are my comments:
    For safety reasons, ‘Trivium’ is not sharp; it has similar roundness as most blades; other than the sharp BW.
    ‘Trivium’ is at 12 to 13 oz (full 51″ length) vs others CF at an average of 14 oz to over 20 oz. For comparison, a Grey Owl HP wood paddle is at an average of 20 oz.
    Trivium is make up of woven carbon/aramid fabric for better impact protection. Not all CF are make the same.
    Anyway, it all boils down to personnel choice.
    It is obvious that I like my ‘yellow’ paddle. πŸ™‚

  9. March 3, 2009 11:02 pm

    drool. So purty….

  10. paddlesports permalink*
    March 4, 2009 8:38 am

    The Trivium is definitely one of the lightest paddles I’ve paddled with and it has a very stiff feel during the pull phase of the stroke.

    Because of these qualities, I can see the Trivium benefiting teams with a very high stroke rate in non-windy conditions.

    The fact that they are adjustable helps out for those that aren’t sure what size to get or paddle in different parts of the boat.

    If you want to try/purchase a Trivium paddle, contact Bill!

  11. malachi permalink
    March 9, 2009 8:33 pm

    Looks gorgeous – and given the proven quality of Kialoa paddles, you gotta think it’s going to not only perform but also survive well.

    You mentioned 2006 ICF?
    Check.
    http://tinyurl.com/beekup

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