I received my GP last week from Tuktu Paddles in New Jersey, USA. Took it out for an hour or so Friday night and then for a couple of hours Saturday morning. I really enjoyed using it! I have used a Euro paddle for almost twenty years, much of that white water kayaking, and since I started sea kayaking about a month ago have abandoned a feathered setup in favor of unfeathered.
I definitely enjoyed how the GP goes in the water at once when my hand approaches the water, and the blade works for me the whole paddle stroke. I like the slight spring when it exits the water, and I like the little bit of flex I get as well. My arms and shoulders weren't tired...although I only went about 5 kms and there was little wind either paddle.
I also liked how holding the blade could make for a very powerful sweep stroke!
My Sunday morning paddle was in more challenging wind and wave conditions, so I went with what I knew...a feathered Euro.
I actually appreciated my Euro more, after having paddled with the GP.
I'll have to train myself on the GP when I am in a friendly situation, i.e. next spring at the lake, when I can run my rolls on both sides and braces etc.
Anyway, I am glad I got the GP, it definitely expands my range of useful tools for this awesome hobby!
Paddling an Impex Force Cat 5, Werner Camano, GL paddle, Kokatat PFD and drysuit.