Paddle Smarter With Power

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Do you want to boost your performance by training and racing smarter and paddling more efficiently?

Get more out of every training session

Training 'smarter' is about spending your energy wisely by training at the right intensity and tracking your fitness to ensure that your training is producing results.

Perform to the best of your abilities

Racing 'smarter' is about pacing a perfect race by understanding the physiological demands of the event and knowing how to best spend your energy.

Go further or faster with the same effort

Paddling more efficiently is about developing a technique that converts as much of your energy output into forward boat motion as possible.

How do you achieve these objectives?

It starts with being able to accurately measure and track your power output - a direct measurement of intensity.

Measure and track your power output with a power meter

Unlike heart rate monitors, which measure the body’s response to intensity, or GPS boat speed measuring devices and stroke rate sensors, which are affected by environmental conditions (water current, wind speed, water density & water temperature), a power meter provides you with a direct measure of your energy output.

This direct and objective measure of intensity is immediate and power values can be compared from day-to-day, independent of environmental conditions, equipment (boat, paddle length & blade type) and paddling technique.

Monitor Training Intensity

Take the Uncertainity Out of Your Training Sessions

With a power meter you can determine the training levels (relative to your Functional Threshold Power) which correspond to each of your physiological energy systems. Using the real-time power feedback you can keep to the correct intensity and maintain quality throughout your session.

Measure Training Load

Reduce Your Chance of Overtraining or Undertraining

Using a power meter for every paddling session allows you to quantify and monitor the training stress (training load) that your body was subject to during training and racing. This information can inform you or your coach whether you need to focus on recovery (to prevent injury or illness) or increasing your training load.

Track Fitness Development

Accurately Monitor Your Level of Fitness

With a power meter you can perform fitness testing whenever you want, regardless of the environmental conditions (wind speed, water current, water density & water temperature) and boat setup. You can track your fitness throughout the season and across durations (e.g. '10s Max Power', '4min Max Power' & '20min Max Power').

Improve Technique Efficiency

Convert More of Your Power Output into Forward Motion

Using a power meter you can find a more efficient technique by monitoring your boat speed and power output whilst adjusting your technique (requires consistent environmental conditions). The more efficient technique will either convert more of your power into forward motion or allow you to maintain the same boat speed with less power.

Determine Optimal Pacing

For Pacing During Training and Racing

Knowing your maximum average power and learning how to pace off that number can lead to better race-day performance! Don’t blow up in the first 25% of the paddle because you can paddle faster at the beginning. Pacing can delay the onset of fatigue from endurance events and allow for a faster average speed.

Collect Informative Data

Allow Your Coach to View Your Training Under a Microscope

Having a recorded power file from a training paddle or race can give your coach greater insights into your physical capabilities. A 2 hour paddle at 200 watts is very different from a 2 hour paddle at 150 watts. Now your coach can have a better understanding of your training and see the details of each paddle as though he/she was right there with you.

What is a Power Meter?

A power meter is a fibreglass spigot which has been instrumented with force and motion sensors. The power meter spigot is hot melt glued inside into a paddle shaft in order to measure the power-output, force and stroke-rate of a paddler.

Real-time Data

Feedback as you Paddle

As you paddle your Power, Power Balance (left stroke vs. right stroke power distribution) and Cadence (stroke-rate) will be displayed in real-time on any compatible ANT+ display, updated every second.

Compatible Displays

Garmin Forerunner 910XT, 920XT; Garmin EDGE520, EDGE530; Suunto Ambit2 (S); Samsung Galaxy S6; Polar M460 and many, many more.

Record your Training Data

You can record these metrics on your ANT+ display alongside your GPS boat speed and heart rate. You can then use software such as Garmin Connect™, Strava™ or TrainingPeaks™ to view your data and analyze your performance.

Upgrade Required

High Speed Data

A Detailed View of Individual Strokes

View your stroke profiles - power, pushing hand force & pulling hand force during each stroke - at 50 samples a second.

Identify Left and Right Stroke Imbalances

Imbalances in power and imbalances in hand forces between the left and right strokes highlight weaknesses or an improper paddle offset. Symmetry is important for compatibility with other athletes in a team boat, and it is the key to achieving a smoother boat run. High Speed Data will uncover whether any imbalances exist.

Investigate Stroke-Timing in a Crew/Team Boat

A team boat will perform at its best when each athlete is paddling in time with the rest of the crew. High Speed Data will show you the catch and exit timing of every athlete in the boat who is using a power meter.


Join the paddlers who are training smarter

  • “What a great experience using the power meter, no where to hide, you are either putting out and maximising the Watts, or paddling below threshold. I could not be happier with the outcome and the incorporation of the meter into my training.”

    — Raphael Chapman (Australia)

  • “Training with power helps you plan a workout, a group of workouts, and indeed a whole season. It can provide consistent data that you can track over time, and to keep you focused during an individual effort. I try to use it in most sessions, as the data review later always provides some new glimpse of data that can suggest improvement ideas.”

    — Robert Lee (Japan)

  • “I would like to congratulate you on producing a beautifully engineered and very practical product. I'm looking forward to collecting lots of data over the coming months.”

    — David Glover (United Kingdom)

  • “I'm using the Kayak Power Meter with our junior paddlers. They love the analysis app and the whole idea of being able to see their technique in numbers. The Kayak Power Meter is indeed one giant leap forward for paddling sport!”

    — Cheryl Tay (Singapore)

  • “The Kayak Power Meter has been hugely beneficial for me over the last year, allowing me to see quantitative improvements in my strength and endurance!”

    — Callum Gilbert (New Zealand)

  • “I've used the Kayak Power Meter for a number of training sessions and it has worked really great! I also did some speed/power tests when I was selecting my next surfski by completing 1000m trials at specific power outputs - so I already see great potential and I believe it will be a great tool.”

    — Danny Hallmén (Sweden)

  • “I believe training with power and getting live feedback is an amazing tool to help develop a better technique and to train more efficiently. This type of information will help develop world champions.”

    — Teneale Hatton (6 x World Champion - New Zealand)

  • “As part of the New Zealand Olympic Canoe team, I have been able to watch One Giant Leap develop the Kayak Power Meter into a device that can help athletes excel. The Kayak Power Meter offers a real edge for paddlers: It can help you train more effectively, race smarter and get the most out of your team-boat partnership. All this adds to being more competitive on the water.”

    — Darryl Fitzgerald (Olympic Mens K2 Finalist - New Zealand)