Oddball paddle help?
I've been searching for something that may not exist.
For reasons that are clear only to me, I'm looking for a whitewater kayak paddle that has all of these features:
-Biggish (~700) downturned "play" blades--like a Werner Player or Sidekick.
-197cm, 30* feather.
-And the clincher--it *needs* to be a breakdown paddle, either 2 or 4 piece.
I've done heaps of web searches--none of the 'big names' make anything like this. At the insistence of several knowledgeable folks I've contacted Werner, Lendal, and Lightning directly. Werner says no--they won't do a breakdown bent shaft for whitewater, only touring. And they say a touring paddle won't hold up to where I'm going.
No response from Lightning or Lendal.
Anyone have any ideas?
Or, does anyone have an old Lendal breakdown they wanna part with?
Lastly, has anyone had success cutting a one-piece bent shaft paddle and adding a ferrule? I've got a new Player sitting here that I keep eyeballing with this in mind, but thus far haven't had the huevos to take a hacksaw to it.
Any help appreciated.