Un-topped paddles with full carbon shafts are
available in two height ranges: SHORT and
SHORT: A short, un-topped paddle can build
paddle sizes of 66”—76” ONLY, covering
people who are approximately 5’—5’8” tall.
LONG: A long, un-topped paddle can build
paddle sizes 76”—86” ONLY, covering people
who are approximately 5’8”—6’8” tall.
WARNING: Do not cut sizes shorter than
specified range. Due to the taper in the shaft
the T-top will NOT FIT if you cut any carbon
shaft down more than 10 inches.
1 // sizing: First determine the size for your
customer by adding 6”—10” to their overall
height. If your customer is more frequently in the
surf, lean toward the shorter end of the range for
quicker maneuverability on the waves.
2 // Cut paddle to desired height. For the
carbon shafts, we recommend a band saw
or wet tile saw. For the aluminum shafts, a
hacksaw is fi ne. Make sure it is an even cut
to allow the T-top to rest fl at.
Do not clamp tube/shaft in a vise on a
carbon shaft as this may cause it to collapse.
3 // Lightly sand outside of shaft where it will
be inserted into the T-top. This creates texture
to which the glue will adhere.
4, 5 // Insert the foam plug into the end of the
shaft until flush with the top of the shaft.
6, 7, 8 // Use regular setting two-part epoxy
glue. Coat the inside of the T-top as well as
the sanded portion of the shaft to be inserted
into the T-top and coat top of foam plug. Make
sure to use an adequate amount of glue to
ensure an air-tight seal. Failure to do so may
cause water to leak into the shaft.
IMPORTANT: Orient the flat side of the
T-top facing the front of the blade (the side
with logo sticker). After firmly pressing
the T-top into place, look down the shaft to
ensure the T-top is parallel to the blade.
9, 10, 11 // Excess glue should seep out
from where the T-top meets the shaft. Clean
excess glue from around the seal with a
paper towel. An even amount of glue seeping
out from the T-top is an indication of a good
seal. If none seeps out it is likely not enough
glue was used.
12 // Stand paddle upright, stabilize the blade
so it won’t move, and let it dry overnight.