I am a big supporter of Novorca Carbon Fiber Paddles so I thought I would share this announcement that I just read on Facebook:
“Kayak Ways is very pleased to announce a design collaboration with Novorca Paddles.
For those traditional paddlers who are seeking either carbon blades that reflect the design principles we have used in our wooden blades, for several seasons now, or for those of you looking for multi-section blades that are designed for air travel, overcoming the increasingly stringent size restrictions of most a
irlines. Articulated yet comfortable loom sections to encourage canted indexing, lenticular-sectioned blades, with sharp edges and tips that slice at entry without a sound, thus virtually eliminating cavitation.
The design has evolved from testing, and building, then testing, and building again, a series of Alaskan Yellow Cedar paddles that are affectionately called ‘Razors’. We will of course continue to offer these custom paddles to folks that enjoy these very lively and resonant paddles for those of you that love solid wood paddles as much as we do. In the last two years we have taken comments and orders from paddlers all over the world, and we have spun off the design and tested protoypes most of the summer to bring this paddle into being as a foam core carbon sectional with Ron Steinwall of Novorca fame.
In the course of our travels we have had an opportunity to test some of our students’ Novorca paddles first hand. We have always been impressed with the build quality of these carbon paddles. We have been encouraging Ron to build a sectional sticks for several years now, and he has really delivered on this idea in these paddles. We think you will agree with us that these are the finest sectional GPs available.
These three piece-paddles are available for order through either Novorca or Kayak Ways, now! The carbon Kayak Ways Razor will also be available as a one-piece paddle. The inherent design principles of these paddles easily morph into other lengths and widths. More details to follow!”
This partnership between Ron at Novorca and Cheri and Turner of Kayak Ways has been a long time in the works and not a surprise to me, Ron used many of these design concepts in the new shoulder-less multi-part paddle I discussed in an earlier post. It is great to see Ron’s hard work gaining recognition by some of the most influential Greenland aficionados.