“Our passion for paddling and knowledge of high-performance racing technology is contained in every Epic-designed kayak and paddle. Our models are optimized for ease of handling, efficiency in the water, and to be extremely lightweight.” - Greg Barton & Oscar Chalupsky
Epic Paddle Care & Maintenance
Kayaks tend to get all the glory when it comes to paddlesports. While this is understandable, it often has the unfortunate consequence of overshadowing the importance of the paddle, an indispensable item. Too often paddles are given second thought and delegated into the “accessory” category. This is a mistake.
As paddlers become more experienced, it becomes obvious that the paddle is just as important a selection as your boat, if not more so. The paddle is your tool, your connection to the water. It needs to be just as comfortable and efficient as your boat. And just as you care for your kayak, maintaining it and avoiding situations or actions that may cause damage, you must show the same diligence in looking after your paddle. Remember, your paddle is an integral part of being in your boat. Don’t fall into the habit of treating it as a secondary item, which may lead to unintended abuse and/or misuse.
Epic paddles are high performance tools. They are lightweight, strong and efficient. They are also designed with specific purposes in mind, which are of course oriented around their use on the water. Sometimes, we have found, use on the water can vary from paddler to paddler! With that in mind, we present the following lists to ensure that you know how to properly care for and protect your Epic paddle. Following these points will ensure years of strong performance from this very important piece of equipment:
- Thoroughly rinse your paddle with fresh water after use and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
- Pay particular attention to the lever-lock, ensuring that it is always clean of sand, dirt and other grit
- Separate the two paddles halves when storing
- Store your paddle in its protective carry bag
- Check your paddle frequently for chips, cracks or other damage
- Store or leave your paddle sitting in direct sunlight for long periods of time
- Use your paddle to push off of rocks, docks or other launching points
- Put excessive weight or pressure on your paddle when entering/exiting your kayak by bracing it against
shore, dock, etc.
- Use the paddle as a means of balance only – “think balance not support”
- Load other paddling equipment, gear or supplies on top of your paddle during transport.
- Take care to keep your paddle clear of potential hazards in the car, truck, etc. – “top load only”