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Old 02-08-2010   #11
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Don't mess around with any of those training kayaks and double bladed paddles. Go right to a good C1 or OC1 and a single blade.

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Old 02-08-2010   #12
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I'm 5'8 180lbs. I have been barrowing a friends Hero and so far I like it. He said that it's a boat that I will be able to paddle in any river that I can handle for some time to come, and also learn to surf in as well. As for how much time I'll spend in the water this season; Hopefully at least twice a month or more if my schedule allows. I will be in the pool every weekend until I go into the river in the spring.
This past summer I went once in Salida and made it down the boat shoot by the dam (and was still above the water at the bottom). I've been hooked ever since.

Thanks again for all the comments and any more are welcome!

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Old 02-08-2010   #13
Golden, Colorado
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I'd get a cheap used riverrunner. A playboat is tough to handle at first, and a creekboat will be too much of a barge (boring). A riverrunner is right in the middle. After you get better you will need a playboat and a creekboat. Add thos 2 to your riverruner and you will have a complete quiver.

I would splurge for a real paddle, though. I know someone said get a cheap one but I don't know... I can't stand to use a crappy paddle. It's just as important as the boat.

You are going to be learning to make your roll bombproof and you might was well train yourself with a good paddle. The feel of the paddle makes a big difference in your roll. For example, switching from a straight shaft to a bent shaft (and vice versa) can be hell on your roll. Start out with a top of the line bent shaft paddle. That's what I'd do. Straight shaft paddles are obsolete, in my opinion. I know a lot of people use them but I doubt very many of them started with a bent shaft and changed to straight. Bent is the only way to go.
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Old 02-08-2010   #14
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I assume you are shopping for used boats. A few great recommended boats for your size and purpose are:

Wave Sport Y
Wave Sport Diesel 75
Wave Sport Habitat
Pyranha Burn medium
Jackson Hero

There are, of course, many dozens of other designs that some may suggest (and anything does probably get you down the river). However, those listed above are perhaps the best for your investment and enjoyment if you can find them.

Keep checking the Mtn Buzz Swap and at retail stores, their websites, and spring boat swaps for used or demo inventory.

Happy boating!

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