Thanks Magooch, I will be experimenting a lot this Spring, in the beautiful NH/VT area of New England. The longer distance paddling that you describe, is my most common paddling situation, usually it’s putting in, paddle a couple miles to camp, set up then goof around practicing rolls and control in general though since I’m self-taught, my technique likely needs improvement in every area. Looking forward to it!
I have wondered whether I ought to invest in a ‘shaped shaft’ kayak paddle but, have never used one. At this point I prefer a low angle stroke such as you describe, for sure, but it will be really interesting to try a shorter paddle. The only paddle that I have now, is very long, I believe it is well over 100" lol! I hope to get in some classes this year, I feel my skill level is ‘functional’ though also rather uninformed. Enjoyment level is 100%, even so!