I need some experienced opinions please. I am in the process of building a Wood Duck 12 and thought it would complement the boat nicely if I made my own custom paddle since I am a long term woodworkier. Now my dilemma. I was going to make a European style paddle out of cedar and cherry. However, I keep reading of the growing interest in the Greenland Paddle and downloaded all the pertinent info on sizing and making a Greenland Paddle. My question revolves around perception and using only a European style paddle. I am 5'-10" and weigh 215 to 220 depending on how close I stick to my diet and exercise. I am fairly strong in upper body and like to feel like I am paddling against something when I want to "move-out". Does the Greenland paddle "slip" in the water as much as I am thinking it might? Would it be a good paddle to leave from the shoreline and head out into the surf? I don't tour and probably never will. My kayak use is getting from shore to a good fishing spot in one of our bays or kayaking a bait out in the surf to catch sharks from shore. Is a Greenland paddle going to perform well for me in those conditions? All input is greatly appreciated, because I have not even held a Greenland paddle in my hands.