I've used this paddle for 1 1/2 years and like it alot. I paddle 12 - 15 miles 3 times per week and I started to have shoulder pain. I thought it was the paddle, then I bought a forward stroke video and altered my style. I no longer have shoulder pain. Yep, it grabs alot of water. That's what I wanted. The fit of the two halves is perfect! Not loose, but just perfect. I would like to have more oval in the grip however. I will use this paddle for racing and also for day trips. Conclusion: Very pleased!