Kayak paddles come in a variety of styles. One of the most popular types is a two piece adjustable paddle. These paddles break down for storage and can be easily assembled on site. They feature some method for adjusting paddle angles. These allow kayakers to choose to offset paddles, or to align them together.
Offset (feathered) paddles can be important in windy situations. As the kayaker digs in with an offset paddle, the opposite paddle is parallel to the wind, causing less wind drag.
On the next stroke, the kayaker rotates the paddle slightly, aligning the blade with the water for maximum thrust. With feathered paddles, the opposite paddle is now aligned correctly to slip thru the wind easily.
For maximum comfort and efficiency, kayakers should always make sure the seat, foot pedals and paddles are adjusted correctly. Taking a few moments to get comfortable with your kayak can really pay off in the long run.