VIPaddles an accomplished Greenland paddle maker developed out of a love of kayaking and a wish to maintain stamina on longer trip. We hand crafts Western Red Cedar Greenland paddles for kayakers. Greenland paddles require less effort per stroke to use, reducing physical stress allowing a kayaker 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 as much as the "Euro paddle" 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 oriented correctly - Greenland paddles do not have a top or bottom or front or back to the paddle face. They are symmetrical.
Located on Vancouver Island, Canada, we try to have a small inventory of hand crafted Greenland Paddles in stock ranging in length from 185 cm (73"). to 230 cm. (90.5") and a storm paddle or two. If we don't have a paddle matching your needs we'll make you a custom paddle, at no additional cost, usually withing a couple of weeks. Most of our VIPaddles are one piece but we also make two piece Greenland Paddles with carbon fiber ferrules which cost less to ship and take up less room..
All VIPaddles have a unique soft shoulder, semi-round looms and round tips with an edge consistant with the blade thereby reducing splash.
The narrower blade offers less wind resistance contributing to less physical stress. There is no need to "feather" a Greenland paddle in strong winds.
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 as the force on the paddle increases and decreases gradually compared to a "euro" paddle.
Exhausted paddlers feel relief when they switch to a Greenland paddle.
Can your paddle maker tell you where the tree came from that your paddle was made from? VIPaddles can, within 200 meters. 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, ie quarter sawn. Then they are stacked and dried naturally for several months before being carved into your beautiful VIPaddle.