I have used my Thomas Boats Greenland paddle extensively in all conditions on Lake Michigan, and it has been a champ. I was disciple of Bill Bremer and Lumpy Paddles, and didn't know where to turn when he dropped off radar. I purchased an off-the-shelf paddle from Thomas Boats, however, and have been delighted. It is light yet sturdy. It pulls like a champ. And it has the buoyancy we all want from our skinny sticks. I must add that it is a thing of beauty with the main body and the tips made of different woods chosen for their specific characteristics. Its finish is a delight to touch. It is an ideal paddle for the middle-aged kayaker, and I suspect the youngsters would love it, too.