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Submitted: 07-18-2002 by G.Baldwin

I really feel the previous reviewer made an invalid comparison of the Seaquel to a carbon San Juan. C'mon! Apples and Oranges! I own and have used both. The Seaquel is a fine entry level paddle that can provide nice acceleration for a strong paddler. And, if you're getting tired, just flip the paddle and use the short side of the blade for relaxed return legs. An important consideration is shaft length. Since the blade of the Seaquel is somewhat short, the 240 shaft is like a 250 in any other paddle. That makes it a handful for most people, and can tire your arms out if out there for a couple of hours. You might want to consider going down to a 230 in this model. It takes plenty of abuse without being marred, and the connection is nice and tight. So, it's weight versus budget versus sophistication. If you are just getting started, on a budget, or have good strong arms, then this is an OK paddle. When you get more sophisticated and notice accumulated paddle weight, then by all means go to a Werner or similar premium paddle, for 2.5X the price but .5 the weight. And keep the Seaquel as a backup paddle.
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