Black Project Hydro FlowX - Hydro Flow X: Medium Blade (82): Slim Shaft TexCarbon

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Completely reimagined design, a paddle unlike any other.

The proprietary Advanced Flow Technology (AFT) is designed to significantly increase paddle efficiency and smoothness by reducing turbulence and unwanted blade movements. The Deep Power Scoop (DPS) with dihedral edges delivers power in a controlled manner and works in harmony with our the AFT to create a first-of-its-kind paddling experience.

Our Fastest Ever Paddle – While individual results will vary and speed is just one aspect to consider, our testing has shown the Hydro FlowX will increase your average speed. When putting in a similar effort, paddlers can expect a 3-5% improvement in speed and lap times or paddle the same speed with less effort (when compared to the original Hydro, which is already faster than most race paddles).

Reduced Fatigue – The combination of flow technology and deep scoop produces a fluid stroke which reduces energy usage while increasing forward thrust. The outcome is significantly less paddler fatigue––enabling you to paddle longer and faster than ever before.

4% Lighter –To reduce overall weight, we reworked our layups and introduced 30-ton carbon – a strong but lightweight carbon that’s 25% lighter than our previous material. The resulting paddle is approximately 4% lighter than an equivalent model of the original Hydro. Weighing from just 345 grams (12.1 oz), paddlers can maintain a higher cadence for a longer period of time.

Even Stronger – The Hydro FlowX’s redesigned blade offers massive structural strength. This gave us the dual benefit of being able to optimize the use of carbon in certain areas, while still achieving an overall strength enhancement.


Introducing the Hydro FlowX

It’s time to change the game:
For the past decade, Black Project has been dedicated to designing the world’s most high-performance SUP paddles and fins. And while our team athletes have racked up 19 World Titles and smashed World Records – our ultimate goal is to help every paddler get the maximum enjoyment out of their paddling experience.
In this pursuit, we have pushed the envelope and bent the “rules.” Now, the time has come to throw out the rulebook entirely.

Meet the Hydro FlowX. The World’s First Three-Dimensionally Designed Paddle:
Featuring a completely reimagined design, the Hydro FlowX is a paddle unlike any other.
At first glance, your eyes will pop at the feature on the neck of the blade––an innovative new design that we call Advanced Flow Technology (AFT). It is designed to significantly increase paddle efficiency and smoothness by reducing turbulence and unwanted blade movements.
Next, you’ll notice another major structural update––the Deep Power Scoop (DPS) on the blade face. Featuring a deep scoop design with dihedral edges, it delivers power in a controlled manner and works in harmony with our Advanced Flow Technology to create a first-of-its-kind, three-dimensional paddle design.

The combination of the flow technology and deep scoop produces a fluid paddle stroke which reduces energy usage while increasing forward thrust. The outcome is significantly less paddler fatigue – enabling you to paddle longer, faster and more often than ever before.
“For the first time, a paddle company has designed a standup paddle to work in a three-dimensional way as it moves through the water,” said Chris Freeman, co-founder of Black Project SUP. “This change in thinking and design will dramatically alter the way people think about and interact with their paddle.”

The 3D blade design concept enables water to flow more efficiently around the paddle by eliminating turbulence and unwanted fluid resistance, which in turn, allows the paddler to truly harness the power of the water and enhance the efficiency of their paddle stroke. Additionally, we increased the rake angle to a little over 9 degrees––compared to 8 degrees in the original Hydro – for a slightly easier catch.

The end result is a completely reimagined paddling sensation that will feel smoother, easier and ultimately – faster.

A Reimagined Paddling Experience:
The Hydro was already a great paddle – and its results make an excellent case to support this – but we weren’t interested in tinkering around the edges. To stay at the top, you can’t be afraid to break norms so we started with a completely fresh concept.
For the past 18 months, we’ve been quietly breaking every rule in the book. Putting our radical ideas into computational models, testing those prototypes on the water, and then going back to the drawing board again. It’s been a long and arduous process (which eventually broke our original 3D printer), but we couldn’t be prouder to introduce this paddle to the world.
The early returns are exceedingly positive. In recent months, pre-production versions of the new paddle have been made available for a select few athletes and retailers for feedback.