Paddling is certainly engrained in Polynesian culture, the paddle was basically used to populate the vast Pacific. Humans have used paddles for thousands of years in all cultures and in many forms.
As an instructor who coaches people on stroke technique, I sometimes wonder if paddling is something everyone already knows how to do instinctively, you just have to help them discover something they already know on some level. Maybe thats why it feel it so natural and soothing to paddle.
Aloha, Robert Stehlik
|Canoe Drummond getting back to his roots|
photo credit: http://www.legendarysurfers.com/2011/10/canoe-drummond.html
I posted these thoughts on the Standupzone as well, where some others commented on it, click here to read more.