Hippo Stick take the stress out of paddle selection, awesome equipment done with style and simplicity. Ergonomic handle, cylindrical shaft, which is the perfect combination of stiffness and flex. Most important, the blade provides a maximized catch and optimum release for every stroke taken. All the same design features as the AL PRO paddle, but with your wallet in mind. The AL EXP is constructed with fiberglass and carbon fibre to help achieve high performance paddling. The handle is fiberglass and the blade is fiberglass. The shaft is 30% carbon fiber and 70% fiberglass, which means more shaft flex, a good thing when paddling long distances and more forgiving on your body. Ideal for SUP surfing, touring, and recreational paddling - like a real hippo: well rounded.