Meet the Puhi Race Paddle. With the Opelu coming in as the "Big Boy" blade, and the Papio our smaller faced OC1/6 blade, we wanted to create a blade with a substantial bite, but not too aggressive in that it would leave you fatigued after a few miles. With higher shoulders than the Papio, the Puhi firmly catches the water and allows the paddler to apply immense amounts of pressure without slipping. We rounded the tip of the blade, which allows for a clean entry with little to no disturbance.
The Puhi 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 Puhi comes in both straight and double-bend shafts. You can color coordinate both the edging and Kai Ko'o sticker to your liking.
Paddle Weight: 18-22oz (weight may very depending on paddle length)
Blade Width: 9", 9.25", 9.5"
Blade Length: 18"
14 degree bend
Current turn around time on all custom wood paddles is 4 weeks.