I wanted a paddle that I could easily stow on my board forward under the webbing for longer excursion paddling where if the wind or current got really sporty I could sit and kayak which reduces your windage and is a more efficient stroke style for the siting or kneeling position. I had a really nice 2 piece set that was just a bit long and did not stow as well. This is much better for my purposes.
A really great paddle! feels good in the hand and is very stable.
It’s a Christmas gift.