I set out to make an effort to try the non-ridged face of my Aleut paddle as the power face.
First I tried just paddling. It flutters.
Next I tried various canted orientations. I found that I could make it not flutter with some cant and a slow, low-angle stroke. But if I tried to increase the power of the canted stroke the paddle started to climb to the surface. I really couldn't find a comfortable for me angle.
I tried chanting. Unfortunately I don't know any Greenlandish chants, so I did a Welsh one that my grandmother taught me. I found it ineffective.
My hands were wet at this point, so I couldn't get the incense lit to do any incantations.
So I went back to using the ridge face as the power face. low-angle, high-angle, slow cadence, faster cadence, high-power, low-power. It just works. It just feels right to me.
So for me, with the Aleut paddle that I made this spring, ridge face is power face.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
1 Canoe/Kayak Trailer
Rescue / Throw Bags
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
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