Werner Legend 99 Review - By Tyler Harris“If you're having SUP paddle problems, I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems, but my Werner Legend ain't one!” Perhaps you don't appreciate the Jay-Z parody, so I'll rephrase: If you are a SUP'er and aren't 100% stoked on your current paddle, consider the Werner Legend 99. Read-on to hear my personal “legend of the Legend.” Once upon a time... (in August, 2015) the local Werner rep placed a demo in my paws. Although initially excited, I had no clue that this paddle would have such a positive impact. It quickly become my favorite, replaced other paddles in my quiver AND most importantly - directly increased my paddling stoke!
- Being narrow and having a straight sides allows one to place the blade directly next to rocks and into narrow slots. This helps avoid hits to the side, including clanking against the board.
- Having a non-tapered, flat-edged tip gives maximum purchase with minimal blade submerged. This helps avoid hits to the bottom in shallows.
- A slender rectangle gives you more length (ie more 'adventures' to chose from)
- A full-width, flat-edged tip allows for maximum width at initial immersion
- Parallel sides offer a consistent change in purchase at varying blade depths. I like how taking a max-depth stroke encourages good posture when you need it most: hands lowered (protects shoulders), forward leaning (engages core) and knees bent (lower, more stable position).
- Coastal Surf: Rip Stick
- Touring and Recreational on non-moving water: Trance, Flow or Zen
- Racing: Grand Prix
- Youth: Prodigy