For most of my paddling career I have been using the Werner Double Diamond, and I couldn't ask for more in a paddle. This paddle is not only great for just messing around at the local play spot, it's reliable in the harder whitewater as well. When running rivers with this paddleI feel like I can go anyware with control and ease. However, on the wave i can still hit all my tricks. The foam core blade is a big help when rolling as well, floats right to the surface and practically sets you up by its self . No matter what level of paddler you are, this paddle will improve your skills almost immediately!