It's as much about feel as it is about the material, size and shape – that's pretty much how you choose your paddle. The result should be increased comfort and energy, and the best paddles offer the perfect balance of weight and strength. If your paddling style is more horizontal in angle and calmer, a narrower blade will suit you – whilst an aggressive style requires a wider blade. A SUP paddle with a small blade and shorter shaft is suitable for beginners and leisurely trips. A longer paddle provides more power and a larger blade suits stronger paddlers and those in the surf.