The Burnwater paddle was once a really high-performance dragonboat paddle with a good feel and well finished design. Since 2006, Burnwater has tarnished it reputation as the paddles began to “pop” and cause a bubble to form on it’s blade. The outcome was basically a paddle that looked like an over sized cricket bat. People have asked why did this happen? Burnwater as like any other manufacturers have environmental standards they have to obide by. When the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) banned toxic chemical substance from being used to create the blade’s foam core back in 2006, Burnwater had to change their foam core to use a water based substance. This was a good thing from EPA to help protect the environment and I completely support that. Though when this happened, Burnwater’s manufacturing processes and materials used had to be changed. This leads to the issue of a blade forming a bubble and not reacting well with the carbon fibre material that wraps around it.
In Australia for numerous years the Burnwater paddle was considered the best paddle to buy because of it’s well finished design. It was even endorsed by the Australian Dragonboat National team and AusDBF as their offical paddle to buy. Before the paddles began to pop, the blade was maximised to get a solid catch when pulling the paddle through the water. This gave paddlers greater results when used in competition and with every stroke they could “feel” the boat surge. Additionally, they were the only paddles around before other manufacturers came in with an ergonomic elliptical shaft, which gave a paddler better grip and performance.
Burnwater paddles weighted in at approximately 420 – 450grams or 15 – 16oz on average. Since the issue of the bubble, Burnwater has had to compact their foam core even more to help with stablising the paddle from popping. This has increased the weight significantly to 520grams or 18oz, making it just as heavy as any other composite dragonboat paddles that are around.
I have not received any updates on how Burnwater has resolved their problem but for the time being I would be quite weary about using their new models until it has been fully tested in the marketplace. I see they also have advertised their new stoker paddles in Dragonboat World and it would be good to see if the issue of the bubble has been fixed after 2.5 years redesign.
|Weight:||520g or 18oz|
|IDBF 202a Spec:||Approved License Number 3011|
|Material & Construction:||Carbon fibre|
|Country of origin:||USA|
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