I fancied making a big bladed cruising paddle with a little more flex than a full carbon shafted paddle. I love morning and evening cruises along the coastline between Falmouth and Helford where I live. With this paddle you can either cruise gently or easily get more of a workout from the added resistance of the big blade, whilst the flex is kinder to your body. I laminated unidirectional carbon between layers of trusty paulonia wood and shaped a PVC foam blade laminated with carbon and Dyneema. Strong, a bit different and just 750gm.