Using a Greenland paddle just naturally sets a sustainable pace for me - a comfortable cruising speed that doesn't fatigue. I find the relatively narrow blade of the GP 'catches' really smoothly, and the buoyancy of the wood seems to make the stroke's exit easier. It's not hard to overpower the blade, and this sort of acts as a governor to keep stroke effort low.
For me, it's important to remember to push with the upper hand, which uses the big muscles in the shoulders and torso rather than much smaller biceps and forearms. Once I get that working, the GP makes cruising along almost effortless in any sort of reasonable conditions.
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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