- 3 piece
- Adjustable from 180-215cm
- Nylon 66 Handle
- Nylon Blade
- Carbon Fiber Shafts
- 870gm (31oz)
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Thumb Runner is the latest innovation from Zecante Ltd, a New Zealand based research and development company that specializes in improving everyday tools in a wide range of industries.
Zecante's chief design engineer John Vazey lives in the small coastal town of Maraetai in Auckland. His house overlooks the beautiful Maraetai Beach where paddle boarders love to work out or just have fun on the water.
Over the years John noticed that paddle boarders often sat down or kneeled on their boards. Despite the idylic beauty of the bay on a nice day, the wind would often pick up in the afternoons and many paddlers found themselves a distance from shore struggling to get back against the wind.
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He noted the near panic of some of them and was moved to go down to the beach and talk to them about their experience. The less experienced paddlers all expressed surprise how easy it was to go with the wind and how dramatic the effect of turning back into the wind was for them and the concern which followed as they struggled to get back to the beach.
John studied the different paddles available on the market and figured there was an improvement that could be made to them without affecting performance in stand-up mode.
Over the next 5 years in his spare time he developed and tested a number of designs until he found one that did exactly what was needed.
The result is the aptly named Thumb Runner, so called because of the ease a paddler in stand-up mode can switch sides without losing contact with the shaft during the manouvre. Without a cumbersome adjustment clamp to get in the way, a paddler simply slides their hand along the shaft towards the grip. The spine of the grip guides the thumb to the top of the paddle until it comes to rest naturally on the handle ready for the next stroke.
Beginners especially find this feature helpful as it's important to keep your eyes ahead of you to maintain balance, so no need to look to see where your hand is going. More advanced paddlers comment on how the handle tends to keep the wrist straight through the stroke leading to less fatique on long distance paddles.
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