I very much agree with you, Magic. Most of my paddling is done in variable conditions that might range from paddling with the wind, waves and current to just the opposite and even some smooth flat water. I adjust my cadence and style to what the particular condition and my agenda happens to be at the time.
There was a time when I thought I had to do my version of a vertical, wide grip power stroke, or I wasn't really paddling. After some well deserved pain, I've learned that a wide variety of styles and speeds works better and my body thanks me. Heck, I've even learned that pausing every now and then to just glide is even acceptable.