A handy, well-balanced paddle is an important tool that must be made with care and attention. It is the most important thing a canoer has.
A Lahnakoski paddle will serve you faithfully offshore and on the open sea.
A wooden paddle is pleasant to the touch: it feels warm even in cold waters, and the material is flexible, rolling with the movement.
Composite paddles, by comparison, are made to resist wear and tear. They are at their best in whitewater canoeing where contact with rock is impossible to avoid.