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Tahitian Paddle Question

I have enjoyed trying different paddles and seeing charatcteristics....the zre powersurge blade seems to slip into the water so well and when you pull it is stable, while other paddles want to zig zag a bit. The large surface area paddles are really torque the smaller ones easy to turn over fast. Longer shaft feels better I have been warned it will screw up my shoulders.

I think I am doomed to collect a few paddles. Looking for a paddle with a really large blade face (like 125si) with a double recurve like you see in the new zeland and tahitian boats. Are any paddles like this available?

Anyone in california cut a custom blade? Fun stuff.

Thank you for any reply.

canoe advice...

Howzit.. I am just getting off a year's worth of rehab for my back, and started paddling again using a friends canoe.

I am wanting and ready to buy my own canoe now... Any suggestions of a canoe that I should look into getting?

I am 5ft8in 175lbs, and probably looking for a canoe that I am able to adjust seats with for more support.

Mahalo plenty for your help!

OC6 length

Our canoes are still in winter storage. I'm making some mods. to our 6-man trailer. What is the LOA of a Force 5?, Beam (at the widest point)? Thanks.

one piece carbon paddle

Any other maker of Oc paddles doing them one piece ,

Anyone having trouble with paddle spliting at the seam

ultralight canoe paddle

We are in the search for the lighest OC-1 paddles

Any picts

Neutral wrist = better performance?

Ive been thinking about the double bend vs straight shaft and wondering......If the double bend puts the wrist closer to a neutral position, wouldnt that also increase the ability to load the wrist, thus the paddle more? And if so, doesnt that increase the output? And if so, wouldnt it be best to keep the wrist in nuetral at all times through the power section of a stroke? And if so what do y'all think the power/performance increase would be? 1%? 2%? 3%? More? Less? Any paddle gurus out there have any idea?

Metronome for training?

Way back I used to have the Chi Running video and they make a big deal about tempo and manipulating stride per minute with the use of a metronome...I hear metromes as the rowers go by in long beach. Nothing on metronomes in the search here on the site.

On the olympic canoe/kayak page metronome is listed as one of the "essential peices of training equiptment:

"Metronomes: We use these to control our stroke rate (SR). Without this the DPS (distance per stroke) work over the next few months will have little meaning and improvement will not be as recognizable or maximized. You will improve so much faster if you can control your stroke rate and your speed. You will learn how to control stroke and efficiency at lower stroke rates and then increase that to race rate. Pretty soon you will be able to hold race ratings @ 105-110 and still move the boat as far as possible on each stroke."

Wondering if anyone who does a significant amount of paddling in calm has used a metronome for training.

btw Looking at this topic I ran into a clip from the discovery channel about a gadget that the canandian olympic rowers use that shows how well they are balancing the boat and how good balance was a major difference in novice and elite rowers.

thanks for any comment

Iako's needed for a KAKU Elua

Anyone in Southern California have a set of iako's for KAKU Elua or can make them?

rudder placement

Anyone know what kind of effect it would have if the rudder were moved way forward, like just behind the seat? Could it keep the rudder in the water on a wave to still have control but maybe allow for a smaller rudder therefore reducing drag? Just a thought.

Plans for the home build.

I have seen them around here before but can't seem to find them. Myself and a friend are looking into trying to produce some OC-1's. Just something pretty affordable for use as team trainers/users. I can't find any of the plans that have been bounced around here in the past. Can anybody help me out or point me in the right direction??

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