Selecting a Surf Oar

 

Features when selecting a surf Oar
Surf Boat Diagram

Lenght of Oar

 

Study to compare stroke length with oar length for conventionally rigged surf boat. The same rower was used in each position.

 

Note that the Bow and the stoke, with shorter oars still row longer in the water because the smaller inboard results in considerably more degrees swept. We believe that the shorter oar is better because:

  • Shorter inboard gives longer stroke 

  • Shorter inboard allows quicker entry into the water

  • Shorter inboards brings seats closer to the centreline for better balance.

  • Shorter oars are stiffer and easier to accelerate, producing more explosive power

 

This is a comparison of oarlength and inboards can be used for even rigged boats:

 

Oar Length

14'9"

15'2"

15'2"

14'9"

Inboard

4'8"

4'10"

4'10"

4'8"

Stroke Length

60deg

56deg

56deg

60deg

Length

4496mm...(14'9")

4623mm...(15'2")

Inboard

1423mm...(4'8")

1473mm...(4'10")

Spread

1118mm...(3'8")

1168mm...(3'10")

Arc Length

3188mm...(10'5")

3051mm...(9'10")

Length of Surf Oar

How to measure the correct length of a Surf Oar

 

When ordering or repairing a surf oar you will need the correct measurement for "Overall Length" and "Inboard Length". See diagram below for instructions. Please contact us if you are not sure.