Kayak Paddles from Gullwing


Dig. The very word suggests hard labor. And whether you are using a shovel or a kayak paddle, digging means work. Glide is the verb of choice for Art Carlow, the inventor of the Gullwing kayak paddle. “I’d rather glide than dig,” he claims. Moreover, he is convinced that most kayak enthusiasts would Why Dig When You Can Glide.agree. And glide is just what the Gullwing paddle allows a kayak to do. Art Carlow set out to design a paddle that would provide an ultimate glide, but he also wanted to invent an ergonomic kayak paddle. But Art didn’t stop with just one ergonomic feature. He kept tweaking his design, adding one ergonomic benefit after another until he had a prototype paddle that was startlingly unique.

Anyone who has ever handled a kayak paddle immediately understands the ergonomic benefits of the Gullwing. You want to reach for this paddle. You run your hands up and down its powder-coated aluminum shaft. You test the amazing balance point by positioning a hand on the curved bow handle. “Dip guards” you murmur, “hmm … these things look like they’d really work—that would be a refreshing change.” The paddle is lightweight. This, along with the snazzy design, might buy you some extra hours on the water. Nice.

Okay. That’s just the beginning … so what’s so great about these blades? Their shape, like the unusual handle, is different from the standard kayak blade. These are angled and asymmetrically shaped. Art Carlow claims these blades can carve out maximumErgonomic Kayak Paddles from Gullwing water area, giving the double benefit of increased speed and straighter glide. The blades are designed for durability as well. Some kind of nylon/fiberglass composition that is amazingly light. And hey! The blades snap on and off, so if you do smack one up or get it wedged behind a rock, you can simply replace it. A whole lot easier than changing a tire!

That Art Carlow, he thought of everything. He added reflective strips, both front and back, for safety. The Gullwing can do a 180 degree flip to let the paddler reverse direction of stop. And once you’re stopped, that contoured paddled balances perfectly on the kayak’s bow or along its side.

Art designed a paddle with a curved handle. He crafted it from powder-coated aluminum alloy that was light in weight and offered an “advantaged” grip. Art improved the traditional drip guards. Then he turned his attention to the blades. These are made of a nylon/fiberglass composition that offers lightness, durability and extra power. He made the blades to snap on and off for easy replacement. And, taking his cue from the Harvard rowing team, he engineered a blade design that was curved for an enhanced stroke—a blade asymmetrically shaped and angled to carve maximum water area from each stroke and to provide greater speed and straighter glide.

But let’s get back to the original point—that digging versus gliding thing. Here’s why Art Carlow didn’t want to dig. He admits to having some rotator cuff issues. (There are a lot of folks who relate to that!) And he claims to have some back trouble as well. (He’s in good company with that problem.) Not wanting to let these physical issues stand in the way of one of his favorite forms of recreation, Art was interested in designing a kayak paddle for comfort. A paddle that allowed him to glide. Digging? Save it for the garden. When you’re on the water, you want to glide.

Who uses the Gullwing kayak paddle? Clearly, folks whose physical challenges might have limited their ability to enjoy the sport of kayaking have found they can enjoy the sport in comfort. Young families and weekend kayakers are enthusiastic about Gullwing. Fishermen applaud the adaptability of some of the Gullwing benefits to their sport: the balanced paddle rests easily and safely on the kayak’s bow or snugs neatly along its side. The design, which allows the paddle to flip 180 degrees to reverse direction or to stop, allows them access to narrow coves and inlets where fish like to feed. In fact, there are Gullwing fans in all age groups and with a wide range of water skills and abilities.

Art Carlow himself admits to a few physical issues—rotator cuff and disc problems. But his Gullwing kayak paddle is allowing him hours of pain-free, fatigue-free recreation as he continues to explore the waterways—salt and fresh—of his native New England.

It's easy to order anyone of our kayak paddles. And reember all our products are made in the USA with American components. You can order both models of the Gullwing Kayak Paddle right from this web site. Just click here and go to the Buy Now page and chose either the 215cm or 230cm model. You can pay for your Gullwing kayak paddles securely with your credit card or with your PayPal account. And before you know it you'll be gliding rather than digging.