Look for the old canvas spray skirt with the bungee cord. Get a plastic Seda helmet and a Norse paddle that is about 215cm with a 90 degree offset and blades the size of dinner plates. Add in an Extrasport or Seda high float lifejacket with the fold up bottom section and you are well on your way to being the 80's paddler. I started in '85 with a fiberglass boat that made a Spirit look like a squirt boat. I had all of the above mentioned gear at one point in time. At 13 I paddled with a 210cm paddle and I upgraded the next year to a neoprene skirt. My first boat cost $30 and it came with a 220cm carlisle kayak paddle and a canvas skirt. Times sure have changed.