Advantages of the traditional Greenland paddle:
Greenlandic traditional paddles, GP, are intuitive to use as they are symmetrical non-feathered unlike the conventional modern Euro paddle. Inherently, they are cut from a piece of wood as they have been for generations and generations. In older times they were mostly made by driftwood which is common in artic territories. This makes GP an ideal paddle when making kayak roll or at sea with big waves and you do not have to think about paddle orientation and angle to the water surface. You will intuitively place the blade in the optimal brace with a GP.
GP reduce the load on joints, tendons and muscles. The narrower and flexible paddle blade on GP helps to reduce the instantaneous grip in the water like wing paddles provide. You often see kayakers paddle with aggressive paddles which grip hold of the water, with risks of strain injuries that often occur after a long winter season after which you think it is possible to continue exercising in the same pace during Easter holidays when the sun begins to lure to the water again, as you stopped in October. Injuries tenosynovitis, " golfer's elbow ", " tennis elbow " I often come across in kayak clubs in Denmark .
A paddle of wood is more comfortable to hold than a fiberglass , carbon fiber or other synthetic materials. Have actually, never got blisters of rowing with a GP of wood.
Paddles are, despite the best intentions, often used to push from the beach with resting with one paddle blade on a pontoon bridge and the other over the rear paddle deck just behind the cockpit and the same procedure when you want out of the kayak . Push from piers or the like. Any such "unauthorized use" wears and can damage the paddle . They can relatively easily be repaired unlike the paddles of carbon fiber, fiberglass or plastic.
Is by kayak trips in windy conditions, which is not rare in Denmark , not as susceptible to the influence of wind pressure as the conventional , modern versions due GP narrow construction of the blade.