The Opelu is our big blade on the block. We reduced the teardrop entry for a more squared off tip for a slightly different entry and catch feel. The result is an incredible "locked" feel on the catch. The blade holds solid pressure throughout the power phase and releases with ease. We found a lot of paddlers, especially OC1 paddlers, use this blade as a training blade because of the superior catch and load.
The Opelu is constructed of a combination of lightweight woods such as Balsa, Cedar, Basswood, and White Pine. We use a vertical shaft for unparalleled strength. Carbon fiber and fiberglass mesh add strength and protection to the blade. Our special edging adds protection and longevity to the paddle's edge without chipping or cracking. Our "D" grip handle adds comfort as well as an ergonomic advantage throughout the stroke. Our dihedral adds strength and stability throughout the entire power phase. The Opelu comes in both straight and double-bend shafts. You can color coordinate both the edging and Kai Ko'o sticker to your liking. (* We no longer offer the Opelu with our biaxial carbon netting)
19" x 9.25, 9.50, 9.75, 10"
Weight - 19oz - 22oz ( weight may very depending on paddle length and blade width)
10 degree bend at blade/shaft
Current turn around time on all custom wood paddles is 4 weeks.