Having spent the weekend taking part in the 8 mile Head Of The Dart SUP Challenge, with absolutely no paddle practice this year, there were some moments when I was wishing I could have had some assistance! Although it would have surely got me disqualified, a new SUP paddle called the DaSail would have been welcomed with open arms! The DaSail sailpaddle looks like any other SUP paddle but contained within the shaft of the paddle is a sail, which can be deployed in seconds.
The sail is made from ripstop nylon, making it extremely lightweight and when unfolded actually offers 12 feet of sailing surface. Using the paddle as the mast, the user unpacks the sail and places the blade onto the deck of the board and simply holds the sail out to catch the wind. The manufacturers even say that with practice you can “tack upwind” and even pull off 360’s.
I have to wonder how hard it is to hold onto the sail, especially for children and would have concerns that novices may head out in offshore winds without giving their safety much thought, but can definitely see times when the sailpaddle would be an asset to your paddling experience. The adjustable DaSail paddles are made from carbon fibre and start at $350 with free shipping in the USA, full details can be sen at the official website here.