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Braca Sport Braca XI Van Dusen Down River Paddle

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Product Description

These paddles are made to order according to your unique specifications. Components cannot be swapped around once cut and glued. Please contact us for advice if you are unsure of your requirements as paddles cannot be altered or exchanged once completed.

Brača XI Van Dusen '92 is the newest addition to the Brača-Sport paddle line. It was originally designed by Ted Van Dusen in 1992 after three years of development and testing. Due to the high demand, Brača-Sport added this special shaped blade to the product line by purchasing a licence from Ted in 2014.

The blade has a special twisted tear-drop shape which facilitates a powerful catch and clean exit. It's movement through the water is different from other Brača-Sport blades, therefore it requires a slightly different paddling technique.

The Brača XI Van Dusen '92 is also available with Marathon and Down River blade construction. This is a result of advanced technology, a proprietary blend of composite materials, and was designed with the marathon and adventure paddler in mind.

The Brača XI Down River is available with stiff and soft shaft construction options. The edge of the blade is reinforced with an aluminium and titanium layer that makes it highly impact resistant in extreme downriver conditions.


The edge of the Brača XI Marathon blade is reinforced with a kevlar layer that makes it highly impact resistant in extreme downriver conditions and marathon racing (additional cost applies).  reinforced-tip2.png
Carbon Content: The Braca IX Van Dusen is a fully carbon paddle (Carbon 100)with an Extra Light construction for the athlete who prefers light and stiff characteristics. The Stiffness / Flexibility of the shaft is measured as the amount of flex over a metre of shaft under a 10kg load. paddle-flex.png

Shaft type: The Fixed shaft is a straight one piece, with a fixed paddle angle that you specify - if you have chosen a fixed shaft please indicate Paddle Angle in the box provided (between 0 and 90 degrees). The Adjustable shaft allows for adjustment of paddle angle and 5cm of adjustment in length.

Hand Grip: Check the box if you want a hand grip fitted at each end of the shaft (sea kayakers usually do but many flat water racers do not).


Fixed paddle angle: you only need this if you have selected a fixed shaft. 

Paddle Length: If you already know your paddle length from a previous paddle, you can enter the maximum length (adjustable shafts have a 5cm adjustment). Otherwise, we need some additional information to help get the right fit for you:

  1. Elbow to Elbow: grip the paddle, with elbows at right angles, paddle shaft horizontal, resting on head, and measure from elbow to elbow (outer edge) behind the back (see photo 1).
  2. Standing height to your curved fingers with your arm raised with your shoulders relaxed (photo 2)
  3. Level of experience of paddler
  4. Make/Model of paddlecraft (eg. Mirage 532; Epic V10 Sport Surfski)



 Measure from outer edges of elbows


 Measure from ground to inside curled fingers

 Protect your beautiful new paddle with a Braca Sport Paddle Bag.

Having trouble choosing? Call us on 03 9597 0549 to discuss! 


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