Welcome to NorthPoint Paddles!

Welcome to NorthPoint Paddles!
- Putting the Beauty of Wood in the Hands of Kayakers -

NorthPoint Paddles is a family-run business in the Pacific Northwest with a passion for kayakers everywhere to experience the special benefits of paddling with a Greenland-style paddle. The blade design allows for less stress on your shoulders & elbows without sacrificing speed. Everyone, beginners & experts alike, appreciates being able to paddle longer with less fatigue. We believe whether you are paddling out on a lake, going down an easy flowing river or creek, heading out on a sea kayaking adventure or trying out your kayak roll, you will appreciate paddling with a Greenland paddle. Check out Our Paddles!

What Size?

How to Measure for a Greenland-Style Kayak Paddle
There are a number of ways to measure for a Greenland kayak paddle. We have settled on the following method to get you started—you can then make adjustments to suit your specific needs or preferences. (It’s a good idea to have someone help you with this!)

OVERALL LENGTH:  (do not recommend shorter than 82" or longer than 92”)
Measure your reach as you stand flat-footed and extend one arm above your head, measuring from the floor to the underside of the first knuckle of your middle finger - where your fingers would just curl over the top of the paddle. See “TAKE NOTE…” below for additional help.

LENGTH OF THE LOOM (SHAFT):  (do not recommend a loom shorter than 16")
Measure the width of your shoulders when your arms are at your side, measuring at the widest point (to the outside of your upper arms at the shoulders). Then mark that measurement on a broom handle or something similar to a paddle, and then see if that distance feels comfortable to hold - you want it to feel natural to hold your arms apart at that distance, with elbows not too close to your body and not too far away.
Another method: Stand with arms relaxed & elbows at your side, then bend your arms at the elbows to a 90 degree angle so that they are perpendicular to your body. Now, position your hands as if they were gripping a paddle, forming an ‘O’ with your thumb and index finger. Measure the distance from index finger to index finger on each hand. This is the approx. loom length.

THICKNESS OF THE LOOM (SHAFT):  (do not recommend less than 1 1/2" (w) x 1 1/8" (h))
Form an ‘O’ (more like an oval) with your thumb and index finger, touching the tips of your index finger and thumb together. Measure both the width and height of the oval. The loom width is the longer measurement, and the loom height is the shorter measurement.

BLADE WIDTH:  (do not recommend less than 3" wide or wider than 4")
Form a ‘C’ with your thumb and first finger; as tall as you can make it comfortably. The goal is to be able to grip the blade comfortably and securely with one hand, at the widest part of the blade - especially while rolling and bracing. Measure the height of the opening between the second knuckle of the index finger and base of the thumb.

The above method for determining the overall length measurement is just a starting point—it is not an absolute, especially if someone is short or tall. 

Keep in mind - for:
  • An average height person—this method can work fine - even another inch or two longer is not a bad thing.
  • A shorter person who measures less than 82" for the overall length of the paddle—should add 2” to 4" to the overall length. We do not recommend going shorter than 82" because you will then tend to use a sliding stroke to paddle - like when using a Greenland storm paddle.
  • A really tall person—we usually subtract from the overall length, because if the paddle is too long, it will cause a lot of drag, defeating the "less fatigue" factor when using a Greenland paddle. We usually do not go longer than 92" in length.

It is not uncommon to go with a longer paddle, especially for touring or if you have a wider kayak.

NorthPoint Paddles - Standard Sizes - Greenland Kayak Paddles