Hey @suckypaddler Ill add a few things!

Speed in a kayak doesn't come from power, it comes from technique. If after paddling for a couple of hours your arms are tired, there is something wrong with technique. 

• Here is a video on Youtube that will show how to do the forward stroke

• Keep your hands relaxed. Blisters or calluses is an indicator you are holding the paddle too tightly. 

• Sit up straight, and have 5 points of contact with your kayak - Feet, thighs, bottom in the seat. 

Good luck, have fun!

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