Earlier today, Australian waterman and Quickblade athlete Travis Grant disclosed he used two Quickblade SUP paddle prototypes in 2013 during his memorable first place finishes at the world renowned Molokai to Oahu channel crossing and the elite distance race at the Battle of the Paddle-California. “Just last year while experimenting with the new prototypes I managed to win the Molokai to Oahu paddleboard race, which is something I never dreamed of winning,” said Grant. “Obviously I came back with good feedback!” The paddles Grant used were the precursors to the new Trifecta and became available to the paddling community this month.
Grant played an integral role in informing the new paddle’s design. So much so, that the prototypes were referred to by insiders simply as “The Travis”. “I asked Jim if we could maybe go longer and skinnier. I want to try and get a little bit higher [stroke] rating.” The drawn out lines of the Trifecta were engineered by Quickblade founder Jim Terrell to stave off fatigue during long distance races such as the Molokai to Oahu crossing. If the past is prologue, Quickblade appears to have nailed it.