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I also noticed the blade chipping somewhat as I paddle rocky bays. I felt my use was normal, but it's getting chipped up a fair bit. My heart sinks when I see the chips due to the cost of the paddle.
This paddle is so light I've almost lost it a number of times when high winds hit the exposed blade. It sounds like a con, but it's not really, I guess. Just hang on tight...good news is, it floats! Keep a spare paddle handy, or a good paddle leash!