Braca XI Van Dusen ’92 Paddle
The design of this unique twisted, tear-drop paddle was the result of three years of development and testing. The paddle was first built in 1992 and sold by CEI as “The #8”. Due to the high demand and requests from team riders, BRAČA-SPORT®, a leading high-end paddle manufacturer for sprint canoe and kayak racing, added this special shaped blade to the product line by purchasing a license from Ted in 2014. The Braca XI is considered a “high twist” shape which facilitates a strong catch and clean exit. Many paddles on the market have emulated this shape, but if you have not tried one of Ted’s original paddles (#8) or the Braca XI, you really should. It does require a more precise entry at the catch then other paddles, but once dialed in provides top performance – efficient power at varied cadences.