This is the first weapon you obtain just before first stepping outside and entering combat for the first time.
The Paddle is a readily available weapon, located all over the beach area, often leaning against building walls or on the beach. The paddle should be used only to start with and not used any longer than necessary as it is incredibly flimsy and breaks quite readily, thus making it unreliable in times of urgency.
Kick attacks are especially effective when paired with the paddle since using it will extend the otherwise short life of the paddle. Additionally, the kick attack should be used to investigate any bodies lying on the beach instead of using a melee attack as doing so will diminish its durability.