KAYAK PADDLES FROM GULLWING
Kayak Paddles: Take a good
idea and improve it. Kayak Paddles. Then keep improving … tweaking
… adding … changing until you have something brand new. It
could be a space ship or a kayak paddle, but each generation gets stronger,
better, and more ergonomic. And this is the story of the Gullwing—the
newest generation of kayak paddles.
Art Carlow was no stranger to water sports or to kayaking. He’d
also done a fair amount of rowing in his time, but when one of his sons
was at Harvard, and rowing for a team, Art frequently found himself standing
frequently on the banks of the Charles River in a spectator role.
Over the four years that his son rowed, Art noticed subtle changes in
the blades on the oars. “I noticed that the blades, which had been
oval and straight, changed to become rectangular and set at an angle.”
Realizing that this design change had been made to improve the rowers’
speed and power, Art also perceived that the new design let the blades
get into and out of the water more quickly and with less effort on the
He decided to adapt these design changes to his own kayak paddle, and
while he was at it, he threw in some ergonomic features as well—features
that had occurred to him while paddling around the coves and harbors of
the Massachusetts’ North Shore.
Fatigue-free paddling was Art’s design goal. And the Gullwing kayak
paddle is the result. It is a new generation of kayak paddle, ergonomically
optimized to deliver greater paddling comfort and a straighter, smoother
glide through the water.
So for ergonomic comfort, 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.
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 remember
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.