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Flax composite paddle by VE Paddles using Bcomp's flax composite

News International-French

12 Dec 2013

VE Paddles, which is known for its innovation, teams up with Bcomp to develop a kayak paddle blade made from flax.

VE Paddles is a British company driven by elite paddlers with backgrounds in composite engineering and advanced design. Setting the goal of  creating a performing paddle made of natural fibre composites, VE Paddles came out with a 100% flax-reinforced blade mounted on a standard fibreglass-reinforced shaft.

The paddle went to the 2013 Paddle Expo in Nürnburg where it received a lot of interest and enthusiasm from the attendees.

On the last sunny day of 2013, the paddle was took to the Bodensee in a sea kayak to give the paddles their maiden voyage. First impressions from VE Paddles are really positive: "I was worried the paddle would seem flexible in comparison to a regular composite blade, but the paddle feels stiff and responsive, easily as stiff as a fibreglass, if not carbon, blade. Here you can read more about this beautiful product." say Mathew Morrisey, a kayaker and materials researcher.

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