I've sea, surfed, and whitewater kayaked for nearly a decade in all conditions, including up to 50 mph winds. I've never broken a paddle. Yesterday, I had just rented a sup and paddled casually only a hundred yards, and my paddle broke in half on flat water. A little taken back, here I was holding both ends, and now with the issue of how to paddle back to shore. Luckily, the end with the blade worked as a short canoe paddle while sitting on the board and I made it back rather quickly, missing a few good boat wakes en route. The brand of the paddle wasn't on it, but it was made on Camano Island, Washington. The shaft was metal, the blade wood. Pretty, but no not too functional.