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Old 08-13-2010   #1
 
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Curse My Zero Degree Feather!

If only I had a 45 degree feathered paddle, I would have punched right through!


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Old 08-13-2010   #2
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Yeah John, see, when you're trying to punch through a breaking wave that size while traveling backward, you really need about 45 - 90 degrees of feather, or else your paddle blade will catch the pile and bring you to a dead stop. You might even want to consider paddling with a C1 paddle to avoid this issue.

I also usually make sure that my noseplugs aren't flapping around loose. The extra drag can really grab the water. I couldn't tell if yours were tight or not from the video.
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Learn how to cock your wrist. Open face to neutral faster than a blink of an eye. It's not the paddle......... So many people want to blame their equipment.
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Thanks for the noseplug tip, I'm considering taking the leash off also to reduce drag when punching big holes.
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Other things to consider are making sure the hair on the top of your head is short. In the back long flowing locks are a plus to help pull you through though.
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If only I had a 45 degree feathered paddle, I would have punched right through!


That looks so f'in Sweet! Have fun.
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Whatever. I just watched Xavier style the entire middle kings paddling a zero degree feather breakdown. Breakdown, mind you, so quit yer bitchin.
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That's the point. We're bitching about people saying zero degree feather is bad for big water.
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I have found that racing stripes speed me up when I'm trying to punch through holes. They decrease my drag coeffiicient by .09 per stripe. I'd look in to it.
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I use remoras on the bottom of my kayak. I know what you are all thinking but they offset their drag by using the dorsal fin to propel them and myself. Also great for tracking and catching eddies.
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