I contacted one of the Euro's I remember that had the paddle I'm talking about (ah, facebook). Here is his response:
"hi, it 's a SELECT, that's a french brand , very expensive but I still have it cheers"
I don't know much about them. I picked it up for 5 minutes on the river while we were all warming up and it felt nice to me. Don't recall anything about blade design, creeker vs. playboat paddle, or all of that jazz. I'd love to know more about them.
Jmack- your offer is tempting! I will definitely keep that in mind as one of my blades looks unhappy and this one is only a little over a year old.