About: Wooden paddles are the most commonly used paddles.
Pros: warmer in hands, can feel the water movement of the water better, flexes to absorb shock, lighter than aluminum/polyethylene paddles.
Cons: heavier than fibreglass paddles, requires some maintenance (varnish, sanding).
About: materials (fibreglass, carbon and graphite) are generally used for racing because they are considerably lighter than wood and aluminum/plastic paddles. The higher the carbon ratio is, the lighter the paddle will be. However, this will raise the price of the paddle and it will make the paddle less durable.
Pros: lighter than wood or aluminum paddles, has good flex.
Cons: expensive, less durable than other materials.