So I’m still very much a beginner, but I’m starting to learn skills, and have had a few lessons with more to come next spring. I’ve borrowed other people’s good paddles and know for sure I want a better one to learn with. I think I need a 210 cm and I’ve tried out a Werner Shuna fiberglass blades and a Werner Cyprus carbon. Of course the carbon one was amazing, but I’m on a budget and hope to buy a used one. My rough plan is to just get something decent and cheap until I know what is really my ideal paddle; then trade up.
So, I’m uncertain if I should really be looking for a high-angle blade like the Cyprus or Shuna, which lets me paddle with more power - I’m pretty slow and my boat is an Avocet RM, so I’m still wasting energy keeping it going straight, and I’m not the largest or strongest paddler at 5’6” and 135. But, I also have shoulder issues from time to time and wonder if a smaller blades paddle might be better. So for example I saw a Werner Little Dipper paddle at a good price but I didn’t buy it since I was worried it’d make me even slower. But now I’m wondering if I should’ve. Or maybe I should go for the bigger blade area and just focus on getting my strokes better so I’m using my torso more and stressing my shoulders less.
As you can see I’m kind of confused - any help would be grand.