Generally you would paddle with the whole blade in the water and no part of the shaft. The blade and shaft joint is usually obvious. Paddles are measured tip to handle, so figuring out length is specific to each paddle. The surge type blades are usually 18" long, so if you figure out how long a shaft you like, just add the 18". Easiest way is to paddle with a broom stick and mark where the stick is in the water during a foward stroke. You can also go by usual guidelines and start from there.
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