by slimming down that blade. Take a belt sander to it to remove the bulk of the blade thickness and then switch to a sanding block and gradually take it down. I did it to a heavy (28 oz.) walnut ottertail, slimmed it down to 22 oz. and it is a completely different animal. I used to hate it, now I love it.
But it is no Zaveral. You are comparing apples to oranges. Zavs are for short quick strokes and beavertails are for long slow ones, like the Indian palm roll you mentioned. It all depends on your style. What kind of paddler are you, a speed demon, or a relaxed nature watcher? Both paddles are fine for their specific use.
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