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202a Spec Modification

July 12, 2010

Looks like the IDBF has modified the specifications for dragon boat paddles. The biggest thing (at least for me) is that they are allowing sharper blade tips.

If I was in the market for a paddle, I’d make sure that it aligns with the new IDBF specifications.

More on this later…

Anyone from Kialoa or Burnwater care to comment? šŸ˜‰

UPDATE: Here’s the release from the June edition of Dragon Boat International:

You may have heard the hype. More concavity, sharper edges to the Spec 202a paddle! The truth is that the IDBF have done the right thing and brought their paddle specification into line with what most of you already have, so whatever the hype it’s still a 202a !!
The IDBF are allowing a sharper blade tip (we’ve all seen you scraping your blade on the cement to sharpen the tip) and they are allowing composite paddles to have the same blade configuration as the wooden blades. Wooden blades need a thicker transition between shaft and blade so the shaft sort of morphs into the blade. Composite paddles don’t need this transition so the blade face is flatter. Want to see the real difference? Just compare your wood paddle to your carbon fibre. That’s it, that’s the change. All the manufacturers will be adopting it, but most of you won’t even notice the difference.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Gordon permalink
    July 13, 2010 3:13 pm

    Merlin CD3 incorporates the new specs and became available in April. I tried it for the first time in Vancouver and thought it performed very well. For those interested in weight, it is only slightly lighter than a standard carbon paddle (maybe by 1 oz). I have been in contact with ZRE and they are working on a new Dragon paddle design using the new specs that should come out later this summer. I am told the paddle will be more dent/scratch resistant than the XL. I am looking forward to trying it out when I get it.

  2. Megan permalink
    July 19, 2010 8:31 am

    The thing that is really frustrating to me is the IDBF’s lack of enforcing their own standards. Many paddle manufacturers were making paddles to their standards which meant a bit of a thicker tip. Some of the other mfg’s weren’t and rather than stand behind their own set of rules, the IDBF appeared to make a new standard.

    I’m all for the new standard but it really seems to have come about the wrong way. If you’re going to set a standard, then enforce it. It’s not really fair to put paddle manufacturers through all the crap that is required to become certified and then change the rules mid-game. It’s not Calvin-ball for cryin’ out loud, it’s people trying to make a living.

  3. paddlesports permalink*
    July 19, 2010 9:03 am

    Thanks, Megan! The IDBF has been a joke for quite some time. Welcome to dragon boat. šŸ˜‰

  4. Megan permalink
    July 20, 2010 8:25 pm

    Sad, really. In nearly 10 years of paddling, I’ve managed to stay out of the politics. I will continue to try not to care.

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