Posted by: carldelo on Apr-15-12 10:49 AM (EST)
For technique, I would start here:
You sound like you're in love with the GP, you might consider joining Qajaq USA, it's a really good group.
Re: the paddle diving, I'm guessing you are applying a large force on the paddle as soon as it enters the water. This is SOP with a Euro, but with a GP, the blade area in the water increases gradually as it enters the water, so the applied force to the blade needs to ramp up as well. This happened to me as well, and still does a little when I switch from a Euro to the GP. Just think about increasing paddle force more gradually during the stroke. This is one of the reasons GPs cause less fatigue, I believe.
PS I wouldn't be so quick to ditch the ONNO paddle. I kept my feather weight AT crank shaft paddle, and really enjoy having that and a GP to alternate while touring. Plus you will have an awesome loaner paddle (my wife loves the AT).
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