CUSTOM-Viper-Bamboo

100% handmade in Tahiti, The Bamboo series is a Va’a World’s favorite for all long distance races. Developed in close collaboration with the EDT Va’a Team and particularly his captain, Steeve Teihotahaa, this paddle has won it all: Molokai Hoe, Hawaiki Nui, Te Aito, Super Aito, Molokai Solo and many others!

Built with a bamboo shaft and a carbon fiber blade. Light, strong & very well balanced, it is the best ratio power/flexibility. Available in 9 degree square blade for more power upon water entry, ideal for V6 paddling and training sessions. Also available in 10 degree round blade, which offers more subtle water entry when a greater range of paces is needed. Ideal for V1 long distance.

 

Specs

Weight: 500g / 18 ounces

Material: Carbon / Bamboo

 

How does this work?

Introducing crowd sourced Viper Va'a orders! No longer are you limited to what is in stock, but now you can choose from the entire Viper Va’a  catalog (as long as you're willing to wait).

  • Once you place your order your card will be charged right away
  • Outrigger Paddle Shop will place an order with Viper Va'a once 10 paddles are ordered or by the next scheduled ordering date, whichever comes first
  • Viper will then make the paddles and ship them over to us, and then we will ship it to you!
  • Total turnaround time is about 2-3 months once the order is placed with Viper Va'a.
  • You can cancel at any time. If you cancel before the order is placed with Viper Va’a then you will be fully refunded, if you cancel the order after the order is placed with Viper Va’a you will be charged a $50 penalty.

Don't want to wait? Check out the Viper Va'a Paddles we have in stock.

 

Choosing you Viper Bamboo Paddle

Color

Viper offers an extraordinary range of colors and designs ranging from 7-15 options depending on what blade you are ordering. Blade designs change annually so keep checking back to see what the latest designs are.

Blade Shape, Size, and Angle

Blade Shape: Viper offers 2 shapes, Round and Square. The Square blade moves the widest part of the blade to the very bottom of the paddle creating a feeling of a solid catch, grabbing the most water further away from the bottom hand. The round blade move the widest part of the blade slightly up, closer to your hand giving you still a feeling of a solid catch but with a little more control.

Blade Angle: The angle of your paddle changes as you move through the stroke due to your body mechanics. The first part of the stroke lifts the canoe up, the middle pushes the canoe forward and the end of the stroke pulls the canoe back down (theoretically). The Square Blades come in a 9° angle giving you more power up front but less benefit at the exit.  The Round Blade with a 10° allows more value in a longer stroke but sacrifices power up front because you’re lifting the canoe for a slightly longer duration through the stroke. In all honesty – you have to be an amazing paddler to tell the difference. The shape and size are easier to notice than the blade angle.

Blade Size: Viper offers 5 blade sizes. The size blade you want depends on your body weight, strength, and conditioning. If you are looking for a blade for a 6 man also think what other people in your canoe are using – if all the paddles are matching it’s easier to match up the blend. The rule of thumb is, the heavier you are or the stronger you are the lager of a blade you want to support your weight/strength. For more info on blade size check out How to Choose the Right Outrigger Blade Size.

 

Paddle Size

The size of the paddle is the overall length of the blade measured from the very bottom of the blade to the top of the t grip. To get a general idea of what size you need click on the Size Guide link at the top of the page. For a blade being used in a traditional OC6 order near the upper end. If you are purchasing a paddle for an OC1, OC2, or an unlimited then order near the lower end. This is a general guideline. For more information on how to choose the appropriate blade length visit How to Choose the Right Outrigger Paddle Size.

 

Custom Text

Want to write your name on your paddle, or put a motivational quote? You can, just type in the text you want and the paddle shaper will add the text to you paddle underneath the resin quote so it is permanent! 

Size Chart
Sizing
Your Height Recommended Paddle Length
5’0”-5’2” 46”-47”
5’3”-5’5” 47”-49”
5’6”-5’8” 49”-51”
5’9”-5’11” 51”-52”
6’0”-6’2” 52”-53”
6’3”-6’5” 54”-56”