Fine for what you want.
Posted by: TommyC1 on Nov-03-12 7:59 AM (EST)
As others have said, the Courier is not a full on Whitewater Solo.
It is however a nice comfortable down river cruiser very similar to the larger Explorer.
My Explorer responds very nicely to (requires?) both onside and offside heeling. I prefer to paddle that Canadian, with both knees in one chine, heeled over hard to my onside, using J strokes, pry's and C strokes to control my heading.
The Courier is wide enough to discourage switching sides. While you can do corrections with a bent shaft, I believe you will find a straight shaft gives better control.
I'd suggest a whitewater paddle such as the Mitchel Open Boat or the Werner Bandit. I do not think a long paddle buys you anything other than aching shoulders.