Articulated~ A blade design which is assymetrically shaped to work better for a particular task~ that being mid-stroke steering applied through twists of the wrist. This only works well for boats which are easy to steer~ like squirt and rodeo boats.
Bland~ A paddle blade design which is meant to travel as flutter-free as possible in the water. Excellent for uses where fast strokes are common as in creeking and rodeo. This blade shape is balanced across the shaft to be stable through the water.
Charc~ Short for “Charging Arc” describing a boats path through the water in relation to local water features. A ‘steep’ charc is parallel to the current, a ‘broad’ charc is more perpindicular to the current.
Dipping Edge~ A bump on the lower outer tip of the paddle for getting light touch strokes like slight rudders while surfing.
Flavor~Being able to twist the paddle blad ein mid-stroke to achieve subtle steering advantadges.
Feather~ How one blade relates geometrically to the other in a kayak paddle. Zero degree feather has the blades in the same plan- 90 degree feather has the blades perpindicular to each other.
Power Face~ The ‘front’ of the paddle when it is being used- ot the side being pulled against the water.
Releaseability~ The ability of a paddle to pull out of the water edgwise.
Rodeo~ The sport of playing on distinct river features like holes or waves and using gymnastic moves such as cartwheels and spins.
Squirt~ A sport with super small custom sized squirt boats used for gymnastics and “mystery moves” ~ where the entire boat and rider dive into whirlpools and seams in the river’s currents to achieve ‘downtime’ and “Roam the Realm” for up to 30 seconds at a time
Trik Style~ A “Trik Style” kayak blade is centered on the shaft like most canoe paddles. It is the lightest strongest configuration for a kayak blade shape and has the added benefit of providing optimal blade surface area for the strongest, closest part of your stroke.