GULLWING ERGONOMIC KAYAK PADDLE
I’m Art Carlow, the inventor and designer of
the Gullwing kayak paddle. I’ll start this story
by admitting that I have some rotator cuff issues
and a sometimes-dicey disc in my back. But give in to
these health inconveniences and stay home? That’s
not my style! If I can’t handle the technology
of my sport of choice ... why, I’ll simply change
the sport’s technology.
But maybe I’m getting ahead of the story.
During the four years that I watched my son row for
Harvard, I noticed that the shape of the blade had undergone
some unique changes. It went from oval and straight
to rectangular and set at an angle. This new shape improved
the rower's speed and power, and allowed the oar to
get in and out of the water quicker and with less effort.
This was when I thought of adapting this concept into
a kayak paddle. By adding a newly designed blade to
some ergonomic curves and angles, I came up with the
So beginning with the blade design, I built one benefit-laden
feature onto another to develop the Gullwing kayak paddles.
To list a few: angled blades that cut just below the
water surface for glide rather than heavy dipping ...
changeable blades ... bowed handle contoured like a
kayak’s prow made of powder-coated aluminum for
lightweight paddling and improved grip ... And above
all, an ergonomic design for hours of fatigue-free paddling.
The Gullwing has been warmly welcomed by would-be paddlers
with a variety of physical challenges, but it is being
enthusiastically received, as well, by young families
and weekend kayakers, by salt water and freshwater kayak
enthusiasts of all ages and physical abilities. And
me? I’m out on the water for hours at a time with
no pain. Count me as one who’d rather glide than