Got out for the sixth time tonight, I'll need drugs and rehabilitation to stop this now. Couple of questions though, if anybody is interested: 1) Foot pegs. Balls of your feet on them, or on the arches. I was finding myself more comfortable with the pegs on the arch, but didn't experiment enough to really feel for a difference. 2) Feet, up and down, or Vee shaped? My feet are quite large, so up and down can be a challenge. Is their an advantage to either? 3) Paddling for speed, short sprints. Basically from what I've read/experimented with, what I'm trying to do is cock the body 30-45 degrees, dip the paddle at about 45 degrees, and PULL through 90 degrees. Not trying to beat up on the water, trying to keep a smooth steady rhythm, perhaps 60 strokes/minute? But when the paddle submerges, apply the maximum amount of force in the minimum amount of time. What I'm finding, is that the pushing hand that is chest/shoulder level is leveraging forward, almost like a bench press, but the harder I push, the more the hand collapses, which resulted in a tiny little blister on the lower inside part of each thumb. I don't think it's so much from a white knuckled death grip on the paddle as it is, when you apply force to the palm, the hand closes. Should I take this as working too hard? Against myself? 4) Rudder, as a new guy, would you use it? Tried it for the first time today, and was rather impressed. But still can't help but think, learn to paddle properly without before getting used to it? Thanks much for all that contribute. BTW, even for a planned dip, the water in English bay has gotten a little bit........breath taking?