GRB Newman Design

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I'd like to recognize Gene Newman and his company. I just bought one of his six degree bent shaft paddles and I'm very happy with the paddle and the customer service.
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I've been using GRB paddles, and their custom woodstrip voyageur and other race canoes since 2007. Brothers John and Gene Newman are great long time supporters of the canoe race community. I have their paddles in one inch increments from 48-53 inches, some are duplicated. When I cracked a blade in half during a race by wedging it between rocks they replaced it, no problem. Always carry a spare for such instances.
 
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I bought my first GRB paddle several weeks ago, and so far I love it. Weight, balance and general feel are spot on. I have the 12 degree, 50 inches. Great to buy something from a real company/person, as opposed to the 'ships from and sold by da maschine'.

I bought the paddle as a companion to my Zav Z Medium, which I've had for 10 years and is a bit beat up. They are competing for the starting job. The Zav may have to be content with shallow water work.
 
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My GRB is my most used paddle, used it for several years of open canoe downriver whitewater racing, tough as nails and very light. My ZRE's are a bit lighter but not as durable. Even when using the ZRE the GRB is always in the boat.
 
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I've been using GRB paddles, and their custom woodstrip voyageur and other race canoes since 2007. Brothers John and Gene Newman are great long time supporters of the canoe race community. I have their paddles in one inch increments from 48-53 inches, some are duplicated. When I cracked a blade in half during a race by wedging it between rocks they replaced it, no problem. Always carry a spare for such instances.
I know this is an older thread, but how do people get in contact with GRB? The number listed online appears to be disconnected.
 
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I also purchased a 6 degree paddle from Gene last November. Gene made sure that I got it by Christmas. I have not had the chance to use it yet, but the quality and weight are fantastic. I also highly recommend GRB Newman.
By the way, they have a new 14.5 foot graphite solo canoe that weighs a bit over 20 lbs. The canoe is called the Legend. they currently have a special price of $2700. I wish I had more space in the garage!
 
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I also purchased a 6 degree paddle from Gene last November. Gene made sure that I got it by Christmas. I have not had the chance to use it yet, but the quality and weight are fantastic. I also highly recommend GRB Newman.
By the way, they have a new 14.5 foot graphite solo canoe that weighs a bit over 20 lbs. The canoe is called the Legend. they currently have a special price of $2700. I wish I had more space in the garage!
I came very close to buying a Legend last year, but went for his Rambler instead, picked it up in October. Gene does a real nice quality layup, not sure how he makes a profit. Love his carbon sliding bucket seat, might order one for a different boat.
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