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  Need advice for a friend.....
  Posted by: chodups on Oct-27-13 6:45 PM (EST)
   Category: Paddles 

My long-time hang gliding buddy, Gary, recently had a kayak fall into his life and he has gotten excited about paddling. He has been out about 8 or 10 times now. He is in his 50's, fit, athletic, avid skier, etc. I think he is going to put some time into this and work on improvement because that's the kind of guy he is. With the kayak came a wing paddle and that is the only paddle he has used so far.

I have zero personal experience with a wing. My sense is that a wing is great for speed and power but not so good for boat handling. Since I have no personal experience to base this one I question my own opinion. I'm thinking that I should be recommending that he move to a Euro or Greenland paddle to help him work on his boat handling skills and hang onto the wing for the future? I don't know.

There are lots of wing-users here and I would like your advice on what I should suggest?


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  I would suggest a large euro
  Posted by: trvlrerik on Oct-27-13 9:16 PM (EST)
In my opinion a large surface area paddle like a Werner Corryvrecken would give a similar feel on the pull, but allow for corrective strokes and catches and give a better feel in general paddling.
From my personal experience bad habits die hard, and a niche paddle could magnify bad habits in attempting to do everyday paddling.
  Wing and "proper" technique
  Posted by: Kocho on Oct-28-13 2:11 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Oct-28-13 10:26 PM EST --

A wing would actually help you develop better paddling technique compared to a Euro paddle. You can get away with lots of sloppy work with Euro that you will get much more immediate feedback with the wing.

On the other hand, a Euro or GP give more options for stroke development and boat control.

It's just a tool - if fitness paddling in the forward direction is the main goal, then a wing would probably be best, even for a beginner, otherwise, other options might be better...

  what is the boat?
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-28-13 11:43 AM (EST)
If it's a fast kayak or a ski, nothing wrong with a wing, although I think the previous poster makes a good point. Perhaps add a euro or greenland paddle.
  Not a fast boat......
  Posted by: chodups on Oct-29-13 9:09 PM (EST)
...right now. In fact a bit pokey, me thinks. It's a Sea Lion. Gary paddled my Illusion and lit up at how easy and fun everything was. Knowing him, I think that he will want to improve his skills as quickly as possible and the question here is the appropriate paddle for skills development.

I want to help facilitate (not dictate) his development and really would like to be able to provide him with information on best practices for a paddle for a guy in his place. I have my thoughts on paddles but after 30-some years my experiences are limited to Euro.

  Posted by: carldelo on Oct-28-13 3:42 PM (EST)
He's going to need a spare if he doesn't have one. A two-piece Euro is probably the easiest spare to carry, that'll give another paddle to practice with and compare to the wing. Personally, I wouldn't have wanted to start off with a wing, I just don't care to go that fast, nor do I like the required technique.
  I'm Not a Wing User
  Posted by: Kudzu on Oct-29-13 4:21 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Nov-01-13 8:32 PM EST --

but I still have an opinion about curved shaped blades and rolling. If your friend wants to roll I'd suggest a Greenland paddle. The GP zips under water to where you want it. The curved shaped paddles don't.

  darn paddle shapes
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-29-13 4:47 PM (EST)
They render us powerless to adapt and adjust.
  Not at All
  Posted by: Kudzu on Oct-29-13 7:02 PM (EST)
Just get the best tool for what you really want to do. If you want to go fast, there's a tool for that. If you want to roll...


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