Just got this note from Kelly: Some clarity- the paddle shown is the PUPU which sells for $149. It is the best paddle at that price that we have found yet. My notes on the catalog could be confusing, the PUPU blade comes in 8" only but the shaft length can be cut to order. All of the shafts in the Ikaika series can be cut. Zoom in on the catalog photo for various specs.
Check 'em out:
|These Kialoas were pretty darn sweet. I think they're meant to be an entry level paddle. The paddles were reasonably light, the shafts stout and the blades were pretty nifty too.
|Here's a shot from the catalog- I think the paddle I saw was the Hapa and I seem to remember it retailed for somewhere in the neighborhood of $175. Give the guys at Emerald City a call if you're interested: (619) 435-6677.
|Of course, the Hapa comes with the iron-clad Kialoa warranty.