Sometimes it is necessary to take a class after we buy a new piece of gear to add to our kayak kit.
A good friend and student of mine recently purchased a new paddle. He was surprised to discover that after paddling with it that he had less control over his boat in heavy winds. He paddles a Titan by Atlantis Kayaks normally with an old Scotland made Lendal Kinetik 215 cm paddle. His new paddle is a Werner Cyprus 215 cm paddle.
I know from experience that both paddles are designed to enter the water at a high angle. The Cyprus is lighter in weight and has a more aggressive concave spoon shape than his Lendal. His Lendal is about 10 years old.
This past weekend I discovered a few things about his paddling. He was accustom to a strong purchase when he paddled with his Scottish Lendal. And he was trying to get the same feel from his Cyprus. Consequently he was over powering the paddle and finishing each stroke in a stern rudder position.
After an hour of practicing he is back to taking short strokes and is loving the quick catch and firm purchase of his new Cyprus. Granted he still says that he misses the strong grip that his Kinetik has in the water.