Which I’ve factored in by testing in aocatiin that has two, two mile legs around a point that has a 1/4 mile section across the point. One leg is influenced by tide only, and the other side is influenced by tide and a constant current of about .5 mph from a river. If the wind is northerly or southerly, one side will be with wind, and the otber is against. If its from another quarter, its on a lee side or windward side, or split.
The closest course I can get to balanced. I’m absoluty confident in which paddle is best for me. In my opinion, paddle dimensions depend on an individuals physical build, body proportions, endurance, slow and fast twitch muscles, the resistance of the boat, and the style of kayaking, whether it’s white water, riding waves, hauling, racing, or paddling flat water
One size doesn’t fit all. Everyone is entitled to express, but its shocking to me when members dismiss long paddles as tool of the uninformed, the ignorant, or someone who doesn’t know how to use a paddle
I have a bad left shoulder with two tendons that are still detatched, yet I prefer a 250 cm. After a layoff of several years while I recovered from the shoulder injury, I started therapy not being able to lift a one pound weight with my left arm. I didnt start until July last year, but after 20 trips, I was within .5 mph avg of my best times ov er that course. This year, after 3 trips, I’m .1 mph off last year’s avg.
Comments that I’ve made about improving speed are typically met with “speed isn’t everything”. I get it! I can see why average speed isn’t necessary to someone taking pictures, exploring nature, just relaxing, surfing waves, or running rapids, and I understand that anyone into racing kayaks already has it figured out.
Paddledog52, much of the progress and knowledge about paddles and paddling that I made last year and this year is a result if out discussions over the past year since I joined the forum. I appreciate and value those discussions.
I understand that long paddles are not for everyone. Its not necessary for High Angle, can be hard on shoulder joints if the surface area of the blade is too great, is not for everyone if you don’t have the strength to handle the increased length. What I consider sad is how long paddles are typically dismissed, even for someone who is 6’3" paddling a 32 " boat.
Used properly, the long blade doesn’t cause the kayak to waddle, in fact it facilitates sweep stokes that can help control the boat in 10-15 knot winds gusting to 20 knots. Regarding the long paddle being tiring, notice the graph I included earlier doesn’t show significant change in speed despite an ebbing tide, an outgoing river current on the right track or a significant wind coming out of the south. That’s in my 145 Tsunami. For transparency and in fairness, I know of one other person who can push a Tsunami faster, using High Angle in a shorter paddle with a larger blade. Long paddles aren’t the only way to paddle, its not fair advice to dissuade a person from trying a longer blade.