What is the freakin' deal with Euro paddle "experts" telling us sea kayakers that we need either a high angle or low angle blade design based upon our style of paddling? Does anyone really paddle low angle or high angle per se? This sounds utterly ridiculous to me! Or even a little shady, as in, maybe they're endeavoring to sell noobs two or three paddles to make sure they're "covered"?
I just got asked about this again today, and it steams me. My answer is that we paddle whatever angle the boat, sea, wind, currents, water gods, etc., etc., dictate will work most efficiently at any given moment. We use a high angle when we need to pour on the coals and get a move-on, low angle generally to negotiate stiff headwinds, somewhere in between in calm conditions, ad infinitum.
Of course, my REAL answer is Thank God For Greenland Paddles, whereas a paddler may supply his own at a reasonable cost and stay clear of marketing BS.
Or am I missing something here?