I have bought a canoe paddle and will mostly be using this unless I am surfing or trying to learn to roll. Some of my friends say I am canoeing whenever I use a paddle like this, so my Kestral is now a canoe!
If you want to try a "canoe paddle" in your kayak I recommend a shorter one. For me a 48 inch bent shaft works very well in a kayak. In an actual canoe I like a bent shaft between 50 and 52 inches and I like 54 in straight shaft paddles.
I've only used this 48 inch Harmony shadow bent shaft one time so far but I loved it. I wonder how they will rate me for the Lumber River Challenge. Will it be Recreational Kayak, Sea Kayak, or Canoe.
It think it will help me to have a goal so I am shooting for 5 hours for the race plus five minutes for each drag over. If the water is about average this would be a very good time for me.
I think it was the great Verlen Kruger who said you get more miles per flapjack with the single blade and I think he was spot on.