Smooth and powerful
I have been using a Werner Sherpa for the past 9 years so that's the only thing I can compare the Surge to. There's no doubt the Surge gives me a lot more power in my strokes. I really like on smaller more technical runs where I can make quick corrections and boof strokes are more important. The Surge works great for that type of paddling. I was also surprised by how smooth and easy it was on my shoulders considering the larger blades. I have issues with my right shoulder but this paddle feels just as good as my smaller blade Sherpa did. I have about the same minimal amount of shoulder pain after a long day of paddling as I did with the Sherpa. Sometimes it even feels a little better. Very happy with the new design so far.