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  For upwind I tend to set it shorter
  Posted by: Kocho on Oct-07-12 2:36 PM (EST)
 

than for flat conditions; for downwing I make it a bit longer than for flat. Have not really thought about why, but it seems to work better for me this way. I can theorize that is because of the waves coming against me I need a shorter blade as they are higher/closer to me, where downwind I'm higher above the water riding on the top of waves. On flat I can have a higher hand position (so longer paddle shaft could work) compared to rough (where for stability I might keep my paddle/hands lower)...

I've read that some set their paddles shorter for aggressive surfing, to maintain higher cadence, but I'm not sure that's practical for any length of time, because it means they are working way too hard to stay on the waves - the whole point of "surfing" with a surfski is to work less hard ... A couple of well timed powerful strokes to get you on the wave to me is better than a flurry of hecktic paddling with less power in each stroke...

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