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The paddle transfers effort into kayak movement. Proper size and style increases the boat's responsiveness and kayaking fun. Just as there are many options of size, shape, and material to select from in boats, there are lots of choices in paddles. In general, a shorter paddle can more quickly perform maneuvering strokes, which are important for shorter boats in tight waterways. A longer paddle is better for straight ahead touring, particularly in long boats. A taller paddler can more comfortably use a longer paddle than a shorter person can. At the end of a long day on the water a paddler will appreciate a light paddle.