I have the Shogun I think and I really like the carbon plades. It is black as stated but you can use a silver sharpie to write your name big or put colored duct tape in the middle of it. It cost so much that when I swim I let the boat go and make sure I hold on to the paddle. Strong, light and has a great feel. Expensive for sure but I think its worth it.
"Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself." -Rumi