Choosing the right paddle length is generally a function of two things: your kayak’s beam, or width, and your height. Broader boats, such as those preferred by kayak anglers, require a longer paddle, while the narrow beam found in a touring or sea kayak calls for a shorter length. Secondly, paddle length increases with an individual’s height and reach. Beyond that, the vessel’s seat height and a kayaker’s personal paddling style (flatter versus more vertical strokes) influence paddle length. The flatter the stroke angle relative to the surface, the longer the paddle required to make solid contact with the water.