Originally Posted by k2andcannoli
I like holding wood.
Excellent! I'm not a play boater but my son has managed to throw a few quality tricks. Here are a few thoughts. Jim Snyder's blades are a neutral shape, flat. He calls them trik style. No scoop etc. When you're playboating you are not just using the "power" face of the blade. The scooped shape comes from slalom and the idea of maximizing the forward stroke. It's not efficient for much of what you are doing when playboating. Also, with more sophisticated tricks, sliding strokes become part of what you're doing. The flat, neutral shape slides better.
Bent shafts dictate hand placement. That is not necessarily a good thing when range of motion and position is a big part of what you are looking for.
Size of blades... IMO, bigger isn't better. Technique is waay more important than power with tricks. If you end up playing in a big hole, you are trying to manage too much energy, you don't want more blade. Also, a little smaller will be easier on your body.
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has been paddling with Jim's paddles for well over 10 years. His feel and technique are legendary, no wonder he uses Jim's stix. Last year Jason Craig converted to Jim's paddles. He too, is a master of technique and nuance on the rio.
Finally, these paddles are super tough and verrry beautiful.