I am a rookie SUP- and a veteran surfer. I usually try to research things very thoroughly before buying, but went the cheap on my first paddle. I broke the first, and then the second paddle, and about broke my neck with the torque release going forward into the shallow water. Carbon fiber is reportedly the strongest and lightest available, and after using the Werner Paddle I am amazaed at the difference. I could have been paddling effortlessly with the Werner paddle, but instead used ineffective wrong sized junk. Now that I have used the Werner paddle, my experience on the SUP is much improved. I catch more waves, and the hadle grip and precut lengths are key, as other handles do not allow the same power transfer when it is time for the big push. Get a Werner Paddle and you will not be disappointed.