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  Nonfeathered Wing& "Proper" Stroke
  Posted by: Kocho on Apr-07-13 9:19 AM (EST)
 

The argument about better vertical planting and stroke with feathered just does not make sense to me... I paddle I unfeathered wing a lot with a surf ski or a regular kayak and there is simply no need to feather in order to get a good stroke.

I started feathered with a right control hand. It took me quite a while to unlearn, once I started using GP. It is not a quick process to switch. Nowadays I can paddle feathered if I want to and can feel it works very well too and is more efficient for forward paddling due to wind resistance, but I don't feel there is an ergonomic benefit...

What I don't get is WW paddlers who use 30 or 15 degree offset. I know why (habit and availability, the Catch 22) but it is just ridiculous. Has absolutely no benefit on the water or in the air. Bought a 15 degree WW paddle hoping it would be close enough to 0 but it is not - messes up my roll enough so that I "fixed" it to a proper 0 degree... Much better now -:)

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