I've been paddling with my Lumpy Paddle "skinny-stick" for over a year now. Admittedly, it took some getting used to, but now that I've got many, many miles under my belt, I can't imagine using any other paddle.
At 64 and prone to shoulder problems, this paddles has eased the strain, increased the enjoyment and made me "re-engage" in my paddling. I honestly look forward to going out, just to refine my stroke that "scosch" more. I've taken it to the coast, to the lakes, to the Everglades.
On top of all of that, Bill Bremer is a delight to talk to, bringing a very deep knowledge and experience base to shaping these paddles.
Many kayakers must first decide whether to try a Greenland paddle. After nearly one season now with my "stick" from Bill Bremer of Lumpy Paddles, let me enthusiastically endorse this very old technology.
I have paddled in all conditions on Lake Michigan, and the paddle has provided power when needed, and finesse throughout. It is quiet. It is smooth. It has seemingly cured my right elbow's tendency toward medial epicondylitis (also known as golf elbow). It has corrected my form, and I am now providing power from my core as I have long known I should. Its cedar feels wonderful in the hand, and I have stopped using gloves which were necessitated by the artificial materials in all my old paddles. It is a beautiful object to behold. I am, simply, delighted.
The second decision is where to get your paddle. Please consider Bill. He is kind, patient, and very wise. He will make a paddle to your dimensions, and to your needs. He will freely give of his time, and guide you through the process. Ultimately, he will supply you with a unique paddle for a fraction of the cost of a fancy off-the-shelf paddle.
I cannot endorse Lumpy Paddles any more enthusiastically.
I loved the Werner Cyprus paddle the first time I held it and was overjoyed when I received one for Christmas. Never thought another paddle would enter my life until I fractured my shoulder. Had a lot of soreness during my first pool practice four months later and I was handed a Greenland paddle made by another paddler. It eased the stress on my shoulder muscles considerably so I asked here at Pnet for Greenland paddle recommendations.
Lumpy Paddles was the most highly recommended paddle. I contacted Bill Bremer and told him my tale of woe. Bill is a wonderful human being, spent tons of time asking me questions and giving me explicit instructions on what I needed to measure, emailed photographs, and triple-checked to make sure those measurements were correct. Days passed then he messaged that he had found a piece of Western Red Cedar he liked and was starting to carve my paddle. In the interim, I studied the Qajaq and Greg Stamer websites trying to learn some basics about the forward stroke with a Greenland.
Some time later a stunning Lumpy paddle, richly colored and beautifully grained, arrived. I was amazed at its lightness and put it on a scale. It weighs only three ounces more than my carbon Cyprus.
That evening I tried it, knowing that I supposed to use a canted blade for the forward stroke. Bill made that very easy because he carved the paddle so that when I place my hands on it, it's naturally canted forward. Awesome! One less thing to think about.
I'm still in the learning stages. At first I could barely eek out 2 mph, but with some experience, that's steadily improving where I can cruise around 3.5. In a stiff headwind, there's nothing that can surpass my Lumpy. Best of all, it's much, much easier on my shoulders and invites longer distances.
Except for that short time in the pool using a borrowed GP, my Lumpy is the only Greenland I've held so I didn't realize what a treasure it is until I took a Greenland class with Rowland Woollven, a BCU 5* Sea Kayak Coach from Scotland and the first man to circumnavigate Britain using a stick. He asked to see my paddle, giving me his carbon GP in exchange, then paddled off.
He liked it so much he had everyone else in the class try it. I had to use whatever paddle was handed to me. That's when I realized how wonderful my Lumpy is - made me happy to be reunited with it.
I love the paddle and best of all, Bill comes with it. He really cares about his clients and wants them to have the best experience possible. He's been a wonderful source of information, encouraging and helping me with technique, always available to answer questions by email or by phone. He's a BCU coach, paddle maker extraordinaire, really nice guy, and fun to talk with on the phone.
If you're thinking of getting a Greenland - go Lumpy. For good reason there's a waiting list, but the wait is well worth it.
The second corrective action for my joint pain came from other paddlers participating in Watertribe events. These long distance paddlers sing the praises of the Greenland paddle for low impact and high efficiency. When asking these experienced long distance paddlers which paddle to buy, a Lumpy paddle is almost always their reply.
Before building my paddle, Bill spent a lot of time working with me to make sure we had the right dimensions for my new custom paddle. The paddle was tailored to my body dimensions and my paddling style. Bill's effort in getting things right has resulted in the best paddle I have ever owned.
From the very first use of the paddle I was impressed. After several hundred miles of paddling I am even more impressed with the efficiency and comfort of my Lumpy Paddle.
When my paddle first arrived I was surprised by two things. First, this paddle is the same weight as the lightest carbon paddles on the market. I own some of those paddles and compared the weight to the Lumpy paddle. The second pleasant surprise was the high quality wood and flawless finish of the paddle.
I own some of the best euro blade paddles on the market and have twenty years of experience paddling with the euro blade paddle. Within minutes of first paddling with the Greenland paddle I was amazed at how intuitive the Greenland paddle stroke is. Within 20 miles of paddling my Lumpy paddle became my preferred paddle.
When I go back to using my euro blade paddles, I now notice inefficiencies with the euro blade paddles that I never noticed before. One is energy required to bury the euro blade in the water and another is the lifting of water as the blade comes to the surface. These inefficiencies are significantly less with the Lumpy paddle.
My impression of Bill is he takes great pride in making sure each customer gets the perfect paddle and gets satisfaction from introducing new people to Greenland style paddling. He wants to make sure everything is perfect with each paddle he builds. Bill is extremely knowledgeable about Greenland paddling and proper paddle fit. When you choose to order a Lumpy Paddle, you get Bill's expertise. This experience and expertise is what makes Lumpy Paddles the absolute best choice.
When I started the search for a Greenland paddle I found many carbon paddle options available. The modern lightweight composite materials used in these cookie cutter paddles makes marketing to first time buyers easy. Don't make the mistake. A Lumpy paddle is just as light and the wood grain is better looking. Most importantly, the Lumpy paddle's dimensions match your body. The one size fits most carbon paddles are unlikely to give you a perfect fit on paddle length, blade width, loom diameter and loom length.
If you are going to purchase a Greenland paddle, do it right. Call Bill and go full custom. You will not regret the decision. It is worth getting it right.
The whole process of working with Bill was a pleasure. He has a great eye for choosing good lumber to work with, and the craftsmanship, finish, weight and feel of the paddle are top notch. I would highly recommend getting a Lumpy paddle from Bill.
Bill goes to great lengths to match the paddle to the paddler, and is generous with his time when sizing his paddles. I, knowing little, obsessed about every detail. Bill, knowing much and being good-natured, took it all in stride. I could not be more pleased with the outcome and have placed an order for a second Lumpy GP with Bill.
When it comes to his approach to his business Bill is strictly old school. His relationship with the customer is based on mutual respect and trust. If you're looking for a Greenland Paddle you could do a lot worse than to give Bill a call. You'll end up with a beautiful and powerful paddling tool uniquely suited to you and your paddling style, and have an enjoyable purchasing experience to boot.
This is my first Greenland paddle and I usually don't like taking un-tested gear on such a long trip. But after one 10-mile trial run with the paddle, I decided to take it on the EC, along with my old trusty euro blade. I ended up using the Lumpy Paddle for 85-90% of the challenge, switching paddles occasionally for variety. It worked beautifully in a wide variety of conditions. It was the best piece of equipment I carried. Despite covering 300 miles in less than six days, I had only one small blister and minimal fatigue.
I think Bill gets his wood from some magic forest and for sure elves help him out on the crafting of these marvelous sticks. Be prepared to wait for your turn because they are made one at a time by a Master Craftsman. Can you tell I love mine?
Give "Lumpy" Bill a call. He is a wealth of information and you'll enjoy the conversation.
The paddle itself is a work of art - beautiful cedar with a finish that was like velvet and almost too gorgeous to use, but I got past that as soon as I took it out on the water. I've tried other Greenland paddles, both hand- and commercially made, and always struggled with flutter and noise. Not so with this paddle. From the first time I used it, the paddle entered the water without a splash or waver, and as my technique has improved with practice, it has proven to be silent, intuitive, comfortable, and powerful.
I regularly paddle long distances (15-20+ miles) on and around the Chesapeake Bay in various conditions, and my Lumpy Paddle is now my go-to paddle.
When I first took the Lumpy Paddle in my hand all felt right with the world. Owner Bill Bremer gave me a brief lesson on how to use the paddle and I started practicing. After a few weeks my strokes and my rolling had both improved. The blade handles intuitively in rough waters as well as calm. It just makes paddling more fun.
I paddled 18 miles the other day in a heat advisory. I took my wing and my Lumpy Paddle. I stared with my wing, no wind, 95 degree temps, and high humidity, After about 7 miles I had to slow down to keep my heart rate from soaring. Paddling a wing paddle slow is a truly odd feeling that I don't recommend. At 11 miles I switched to the Lumpy paddle. I could maintain a good cadence with the Lumpy paddle compared to the slow, ungainly, cadence of the wing when I was tired - and I felt MUCH better physically. In fact, I felt good enough to add 7 miles on the trip and finish at 25 miles.
I would recommend a Lumpy paddle to anyone interested in enhancing their paddling experience. A Lumpy Paddle is a true piece of kayak art and worth the wait.
It took me several months and a lesson or two to get the basic stroke mastered to a level where I can paddle for hours near the top speed of my kayak without much fatigue. The reason I say this is that at first I did not like the paddle very much in terms of fit. But as I learned more, I found it is actually a pretty good fit and a rather comfortable paddle.
It is not feather light but is relatively light weight and comparable to most mid-grade composite paddles in weight. I have since carved my own paddle that is a little less powerful (in terms of catch on the water) and is considerably lighter, but the Lumpy is much more solid feeling - now I have two paddles to choose from, depending on conditions and needs.
Craftsmanship is superb – flawless on mine. Made from a good piece of wood and finished very smoothly with rubbed Tung oil it appears – easy to touch-up with a little cotton swab of Tung oil every few weeks where I scratch or nick it.
The paddle is very quiet on entry and exit from the water and has enough grip on the water for quick acceleration. Yet it is not too wide-bladed (3-1/4" for mine at 88" long) to be a problem over long distances or in winds.
I was not very keen on the somewhat defined transition b/w loom and blade initially, but lately began to appreciate the positive feedback this provides about where my hands are on the paddle. That's important since with a paddle like this one tends to move their hands a lot depending on the task at hand. The transitions are smooth enough to not interfere with sliding stroke or to cause rubbing in any particular spot.
The paddle is of good volume and thus quite buoyant. I went beyond my initial basic rolling ability with this paddle thanks to this and the general GP design. I'd love to have a carbon version of it that would be even lighter, even though this wooden one is of very manageable weight.
The paddle works very well for a high angle stroke as well as for low angle relaxed paddling. My other paddle (besides the one I made) is a wing paddle and having a GP and a Wing seems to be a very good combination – both are sufficiently different and offer the chance to work on a different technique while paddling. I can generally maintain similar speeds with both paddles, but they feel distinctly different – the wing is more powerful and offers faster acceleration and top speed but the GP seems to tire me less at the end of 10-15 mile paddling at a brisk pace. The reason is simple – with the GP I can switch hand positions and technique more so than with the wing, the latter being more demanding of a proper stroke and trajectory in the water. The GP is also more versatile in terms of corrective strokes and rolling.
I had a chance to speak with Bill about the paddle – great guy with good advice. I would highly recommend his paddle and his experience to you if you are considering a venture into GP territory for a first time or looking for your next paddle.
The paddle is gentler on my joints, makes going into the wind less of a struggle, and yet still allows me to keep up a 4 mph pace even when my boat is loaded down. I have used the paddle over 70 times in the past year including on a 9 day, 150 mile trip in the Inside Passage and could not be happier with it.
Bill’s customer service is also the best I have ever received from anyone. He really takes the time to find out what type of paddling you do and adjusts the measurements to make a blade that will fit your needs. You can tell that he is someone who loves kayaking and takes pride in his craftsmanship.
Since the paddles are made from wood, they do require some maintenance when they get dings and scratches, but a little bit of sanding and a quick coat of oil is all it takes in most cases.
For pure power and speed, a large faced European blade may be better, but if you want a nice paddle that won’t leave you sore and where you’ll be eager to go the next morning I would highly recommend a Lumpy.
The paddle was everything I wanted - slightly wider blade, wider loom and stiff. I am very proud to own it. Handles exactly as I hoped. Even if you are not a dedicated Greenland paddler, I highly recommend having a GP and Bill's are top notch.
But I kept hearing about greenland paddles and wanted to give one a try. Unfortunately, I did not have any friends with one to try. So I started reading what I could on Pnet and then found the Lumpy Paddles website. That was a great start. It is filled with lots of good information without getting preachy or technical.
Next came the ordering process. I called Bill and ordered my Lumpy paddle. Since these are handmade to your specifications, there is a wait. The wait was well worth it. In March I got my new paddle and have had lots of fun.
Bill treats his customers as good friends and makes sure you are satisfied and can really use the paddle. We have shared many wonderful conversations and I have learned from his knowledge.
The paddle is a work of art, but shows it quality when used. It is versatile, light and easy on the body. I was amazed at how easy it was to transition from a feathered Euro style paddle to using a Greenland paddle. Of course, there are lots of suggestions out there, but the paddle teaches you how to use it. It gives you many paddling options that cannot be easily done with a Euroblade. No more worrying about left/right, front/back, up or down. The paddle is a custom fitted tool that does the job.
I just wish that I could have this kind of buying experience when getting a new home or my next car. Yes, I really like my Lumpy paddle.
It is easy to bury the blade in the water quickly with ANY angle stroke or cant angle. It appears more power is generated with a greater cant angle. It is very quiet in the water during all phases of the stroke.
Although it takes longer than my Euro to get up to speed, once at cruising speed it maintains a very respectable pace. People in my area have commented that they were surprised at the speed that the paddle generates.
It is far superior to the two other GPs that I have sampled. I recommend that Lumpy be on the short list for anyone considering a GP.