I got to try my new wing paddle in earnest yesterday and have a couple of questions.
- On the right side, (just the right side) as I planted the paddle, I would get a “slap”. What is causing this, and will it affect performance?
I have a length lock, and experimented with different angles and lengths, and it always seemed to do it.
- I believe it was in Hutchinson’s book that I read that the upper body should be rotated completly at 90 degrees to the yak facing the side where the paddle is in the water. I gave up on that and ended up just rotating like I normally would.— Should I keep trying it, or stay at what is comfortable?
- I could paddle all day at between 5 and 6 MPH, but when I got above 6, I would wear out after about a mile. Is it just the fact that it is a new stroke to me and I need practice, or am I doing something wrong?
With an upcoming race Saturday, I am torn between using my old conventional paddle or the new wing.
Any helpful advice will be greatly appreciated.