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Old 05-28-2008   #1
beaufort, moving to north GA
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NEw Kayaker

I've just got into whitewater kayaking, never done it before in my life and I am trying to figure out the best way to start and what kinda kayak I should buy. I am about 6 foot 1 and weight 224lbs. I am a very fast learner and want to buy something that I will not grow tired of too soon. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks

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Old 05-28-2008   #2
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Taking a lesson from a guide service is the best way to get good information and learn the basics if you do not have friends already on the water to tag along with.

The boat debate is always there, I recommend a river runner for the best of all worlds, but you must demo as many boats as possible to find out what you like.

Given your size boats to check out:
-Jackson Superfun
-Wavesport Deisel 75
-Dagger RX
-Pyranha Ammo
-Liguid Logic Remix

Those are all new boats, plenty of older designs fit the bill too.

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Old 05-28-2008   #3
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Hello and welcome to the sport. The absolute hands down best thing to do is take a roll class. By the looks of it you're not from the CO region, so google some paddling schools near you and take a class or three. Then, join American Whitewater and a local paddling club. They'll be great resources for finding paddling buddies, trips and instruction as well as supporting local kayaker interests. Then, as you accumulate your personal gear (PFD, Helmet, Paddle, Layers etc...) demo, demo, demo. Every boat has a personality all its own, as well as particular fit characteristics. Find something comfortable and fun, don't shy away from river running play boats at first, give em a try...the learning curve will be steeper but they cure alot of bad habits and are more fun to play in than big ol' banana boats. Then just keep running rivers and working on your skills. Good luck!
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