I split a couple of early BB blades in the same fashion, through the Rock Guard tip and well up the blade. I didn’t think to contact BB and ask about a return authorization replacement or repair, I just forced some epoxy in the crack, clamped the blade tight and later laid a strip of glass tape on both sides.
I probably should have called BB, as both those splits were visibly along poorly selected grain run outs in the lamination. Those two sticks have since been used hard as loaners and beaters and have not re-split.
I think wood blades can be a crap shoot in terms of grain and strength. Not just cracks on visible grain run out on laminated sticks, but even on what looks to be nice straight sound grain.
Such are the mysteries of wood. I have split the blades on other wood paddles, and repair resurrected a dozen freebies that came with a used canoe purchase. A couple of those had fully separated or hanging-by-a-thread blades with the missing slice recovered and glued/glassed back in place.
One was very nice WW paddle, missing 3 inch wide section of blade edge. I eventually acquired an un-repairable paddle of near identical blade size and shape, which became an organ donor. I inserted thin SS rods between the pieces, epoxied/clamped on the donor section and glass taped the blades. Ten years later that paddle is still going strong in the hand of someone far more abusive than me, who paddles with it every week. Sometimes a repair is stronger than the original.
Five or six years ago BB did replace a paddle that was destroyed by my own actions. Or at least someone else’s actions.
I detest paddles left on the ground where someone might step on them. In camp I put my paddles in my canoe to keep the out from underfoot. A paddling friend, walking backwards in the dark near camp, tripped and fell into my canoe. Alcohol may have been involved.
Despite weighing a buck and a half soaking wet he managed to snap a laminated BB shaft in half. Awful raggedjagged split, un-repairable without making a paddle that was 8 inches too short.
I e-mailed BB that story and they gave me an RA number, which in itself was above and beyond the call of normal customer service. I did have to mail them the shattered parts, but they sent me a new replacement paddle.