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Old 10-11-2007   #11
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Denver, Colorado
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if you're at the point where you are swimming every time you flip to avoid further injury, well then maybe going paddling in the first place is a bad decision.

Originally Posted by rmpeddie View Post
C'mon Tango... you must not have any shoulder injuries. There is nothing worse then kicking out several grand for repairs only to screw it up again doing something you shouldn't be doing. Sometimes your pride and desires need to take a back seat to common sense. I'm using "your" generically and don't mean you exclusively Tango.

Shady... even a wet exit can screw things up. I've popped mine out several times swimming. I thought I'd take up surfing since I can't really paddle anymore but everytime I take my last stroke and stand up it pops out and I have to put it back in while on the board. Needless to say I stopped surfing.

This summer I bought a one man pontoon for a few hundred bucks (7 foot tubes) and am able to get out there and have some fun. I think the oars helps strengthen but moderation is the key. I guide over 200 days averaging over 20 miles a day and really have no problems rowing... but they do get tired.


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Old 10-11-2007   #12
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I have to agree with tango. I think the most painful, dangerous, and expensive part of kayaking is swimming. Every time I pull that grab loop I am literally thinking "oh we go again... I'm FUCKED".

I can't even remember to hold onto my paddle anymore when I swim because all I'm thinking about is how fucked I am going to be as soon as I get out of the boat.

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Old 10-11-2007   #13
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Well at this point after his surgery, tango shouldn't even be running anything too gnarly anyway. Any theoretical swims he would take should be in pretty mellow water where the risk of injury is low.

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