i'd not like being in the middle of anything and totally screwed for want of a paddle!
i secure the R hand split on the foredeck and the L hand split on the rear deck. both, spoon up so i can easily get a hand under.
the reasoning is that if i am one way or another, i can grab something and roll up with the split....and yes, i do practice that and yes, i can reliably do so. it isn't really any more challenging than rolling with a full length paddle.
the ends are twisted around bungie secure enough that i can surf and play in real water and as long as i can secure those ends i've almost never had one come loose...there are exceptions to everything.
as nate said...one good tug, you pull the paddle out from beneath and you're in business.
i use a celtic paddle and the occasional ikelos...all big blades, all about 210.
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