Werner Powerhouse (The “go to” unit)
The Pacific Northwest has so much to offer all types of paddlers. I often find myself grappling with a familiar decision as I stand, staring blankly yet again into the rack of blades in front of me. Between the two of us, I think my wife and I have accrued some dozen or so paddles that all hang vertically near the base of the basement stairs waiting for action. Short surf and freestyle blades, burley creeking ones, slalom, long light weight sea touring paddles, canoe, carbon, glass, wood and all the rest…The perfect paddle for every occasion if I could just manage to fit them all on my back like a quiver of arrows, able to pull each of them out as the perfect situation for their use presents its self.
It’s been a dry summer so the rivers have been low. My plan was to head out to the coast for a little long boat surf session and perhaps a tour around to check out the caves and arches on the outside of the break as the tide drops out. Before I know it, I yet again find myself reaching, almost reflexively at this point, for the same one. My trusty 200cm bent-shaft Werner Powerhouse.
It’s tough as nails for the surf and rocks and still light enough to crank some miles without taxing my shoulders too much. The full carbon shaft is super comfy with great ergonomics and shape making it easy to feel not just where my hands go but what the blade angle is without looking. The glass blades tend to wear down over the years but crack and chip less than any carbon paddle I’ve ever owned. It’s just at home dropping into the maw of a towering curler on the sea as it is on the creeks and rivers it was designed for. If you boat whitewater, be it salty or not, be sure to check this one out: the Werner Powerhouse.