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Reposted from the Dagger blog, written by Iker Beristain
Throwing your paddle off a waterfall is not something you should just decide spontaneously, if you've decided you are going to throw it, you should know it before running.
This move has some pros and some contras:
Softer landings, less impact, less probabilities to heart your back (if done properly), it’s safer for your face (the paddle can be dangerous around it), and hands (hands take big impact by holding the paddle), you are not going to break your paddle, and it can be very stylish.
Ones you lose your paddle it´s almost impossible to stop going oververt, not recommended if you don´t have a solid hand roll, if you´ve got caught by the hole of the waterfall you ´r gona have a bad time, you need a big pool (not recommended if there is a rapid or waterfall after the drop), you have less control of your boat in free fall.
Throwing the paddle is something you should have in mind since you are scouting, you have to take a good look at that waterfall and see the exact point where you think your boat is going to be stable enough to get rid of your blade. There are different kinds of waterfalls, so there are different kinds of techniques.
Personally I only throw my paddle when there is a big chance of boofing, or if the volume is not enough for the height.
I don’t think throwing the paddle is the best option to have a perfect line, and I only recommend it if it’s needed.