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If you like to play in rocks or use your paddle for pushing or handle your gear roughly stay away from Werner foam core carbon blades like the Cyprus. The 1st one I received came in the mail with one of the blades broken in 1/2. After exchanging it, the 2nd one was damaged after the 1st paddle I used it. It was not exactly a typical paddle for a sea kayaker but it was not outrageous. I was on the Maumee River playing a rapid, and did a hard low brace in fairly shallow water and a hard follow up high brace. The paddle hit the bottom both times. Then I noticed a small hole / dent on each side of the paddle. I did a light glass repair. I stopped using it on the river, but then I realized it was no good even for light rock garden play. The ends of the paddle damage quickly with just occasional pushing off rocks.
If I have a really long open water paddle, this paddle will be the one I use. If there is any chance I will be hitting bottom or rocks, I will leave it at home. If you are a typical paddler, you will probably love this paddle, and never have any problems with it.
The paddle is extremely light and well made. after a long day of trolling in the hot sun, where I would normally be very tired, I find myself with a reserve of energy I never had before I switched paddles. The Cyprus is very well balanced and although I abuse it by digging in during beach landings it holds up just fine.
This paddle is worth every penny and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality paddle that will keep your shoulders healthy
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