The Puakea double-bend is a light, all-carbon or hybrid paddle that features enough flex to be easy on the joints. Unlike most carbon paddles, it does not cause elbow or shoulder joint problems with prolonged use. The hybrid shafts are handcrafted in California. The very slight scoop on the leading edge of the blade allows it to enter the water cleanly, with a nice catch, yet allows it to exit quickly and cleanly as well. At the catch position, the double-bend oval shaft promotes a comfortable, loose grip and relaxed wrist.