Hi Celia - Thanks so much for your comments. I find that the nomenclature can sometimes be confusing; easier to work out in a pub than a forum. And concepts definitely change and evolve over time - generally in the direction of improvement but not always.
My 90 was definitely very old school, but that’s what I was taught in 1984. I didn’t have any opinion about it back then. I was a canoe guy with 10+ years under my keel, but knew absolutely zip about sea kayaking.
These days, the dial-an-angle technology allows paddlers to set whatever they want. I still prefer unfeathered for euros because that angle sheds a beam wind - no small feature in avoiding capsizes in gusty weather.
My use of the term “control hand” is similarly very old school. Depending on the paddle construction, a 90 was either left or right hand control. Mine was right. I haven’t given it much thought, but with certain strokes like draws and sculling, I find that the control hand is the one closest to the blade. That’s what I teach anyway - which isn’t very often these days.
When say a “low angle” Greenland forward stroke, I mean the one that Greg Stamer describes in his article “Greenland Paddling Technique From the Source” on the QAJAQ USA site here:
In that respect, the exit I was taught back in the day is the same one Maligiaq uses, with the blade exiting the water well behind the hip - a “longer, fuller stroke”. My memory isn’t all that great, but I think I benefited from the fact that John Heath was making the rounds in those days.
QAJAQ USA is my go-to source for authentic Greenland stuff. I’ve had the good fortune of being at Delmarva when John Pederson was teaching and have also been a fly-on-the-wall in informal discussions when Maligiaq Padilla was at Lake Anna, VA a number of years ago. I think in the end, we all wind up finding our own groove, and ultimately we’re all members of the same lovely tribe.