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Braca Sport Braca XI Van Dusen 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-SPORT® mission and philosophy is to design, develop and produce the best performing paddle for every paddler. We believe that each paddler has different needs and therefore each paddle should be uniquely designed. Different designs work better for different paddlers and environments. Their goal is to continue research, development and creation of a diverse range of products that satisfy the vast variety of paddlers. They are the only manufacturer to engineer paddles in every paddling category: Canoe Polo, Dragon Boat, Flatwater, Freestyle, Marathon, Ocean Racing, Outrigger, Slalom, Touring, Waveski and Wildwater.  

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 theproductline by purchasing a license fromTed 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. 

These paddles are fully customised  - please consider the following options:

Blade Size: Choose between the Max (815 cm sq), s-max (795 cm sq), x-min (775 cm sq) and Min (760 cm sq) sizes.

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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