VIPaddles, an accomplished Greenland paddle maker on Vancouver Island BC, Canada, developed out of a love of kayaking and a wish to maintain stamina on longer trips. We hand craft Western Red Cedar Greenland paddles for kayakers and Greenland style SUP (StandUpPaddleboard) paddlers. Greenland paddles require less effort per stroke to use than a "Euro-paddle," reducing physical stress allowing kayakers to paddle for longer periods while exercising sensibly. VIPaddles' Greenland paddles are popular because they are easy to brace and roll with and not affected much by strong winds. Carved from old growth Western Red Cedar, VIPaddles' Greenland paddles are very light, again reducing stress on the body. An often-overlooked advantage of a Greenland paddle is there is no need to check that you have the paddle face oriented correctly - Greenland paddles do not have a top or bottom or front or back to the paddle face. They are symmetrical.
We are located in Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, Canada, a paddler's Mecca, and try to have a small inventory of handcrafted Greenland Paddles in stock but 99% of our paddles are custom made. If we don't have a paddle matching your needs we'll make you a custom paddle, at no additional cost, usually within a couple of weeks. We make one-piece and two-piece/take-apart Greenland Paddles, with carbon fiber ferrules, from a single piece of cedar or we can build your VIPaddle from Western Red Cedar and exotic wood such as Purple heart, yellow cedar, and other hardwoods..
All VIPaddles have a unique soft shoulder, semi-round looms and round tips with an edge profile consistent with the blade that reduces splash and noise while paddling.
Benefits of Greenland Paddles
The long tapered blade offers less resistance in the water and in a wind contributing to less physical stress. There is no need to "feather" a Greenland paddle in strong winds.
The load on the paddle blade increases and decreases gradually during the stroke unlike the constant heavy load associated with "Euro-Blades"
Greenland paddle blades don't get caught in kelp.
There is no top or bottom, back or front to the blade as there is with an Euro-blade. You don't have to think about which way is up - just paddle.
Many people with shoulder pain report relief while paddling with a VIPaddle, others with low upper body strength notice an increase in speed.
Exhausted paddlers feel relief when they switch to a Greenland paddle yet can maintain speed.
We work closely with the faller/sawyer who harvests the trees that VIPaddles are made from. Our boards are custom sawn (not 2x4s) in the bush on a small sawmill from select logs according to colour and grain direction. Then they are stacked and dried naturally for several months before being carved into your beautiful VIPaddle.