might gain from having function-designed flexibility created by some genius.
In the past, though, if a kayak came out flexy, it usually meant somewhat degraded performance. The safest course is to design a fairly rigid hull, but who knows if that is best, and in what circumstances?
For paddles, a simpler universe, some flex seems to store and return energy at and following the catch. I don't know if that has been proved scientifically, though. But most paddlers are convinced that a bit of flexibility feels good, and feeling good translates to an impression of going faster.
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