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Old 06-29-2010   #11
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Hi Whitewaterboy

I own a Fluid kayak. Me and my family was on the river this past weekend. As a beginner, this you can look at the different fluid kayaks available.

The other option is the Malibu range.

Sit on top kayaks would be your best bet if you are a beginner. They have adjustable foot rests which you can change to suit your length needs. A sit on top doesn't capsize easily and it it do capsizes, it is fairly easy to get back on. Their maneuverability is also great and if you decide to try out fishing, you can get a lot of accessories and equipments that will help.

Rent a few kayaks and try them out. This way you will get a feel for the different kinds of kayaks available and will then be able to choose one that is perfect for you.

Hope this helps

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Old 06-29-2010   #12
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Originally Posted by Trout Bum View Post
The Ammo looks killer but it has been suggested to me that a playboat style 'yak might be difficult to learn in (I've only been out a few times and I think the same goes for whitewaterboy). Do you think the Ammo makes a good first boat? If so, would you recommend playboats for first boats in general? Also any thoughts on the old school Hammer to learn with or the more updated Inazone? Thanks for your advise, its certainly appreciated!
The Ammo is a River Runner/ Creeker, it also just so happens to have a planning hull which means it is also good at surfing and basic moves like cartwheels and spins, it is not a playboat. The Ammo has significantly more bow and stern volume then a playboat, it will run creeks, big water, and do ok at the local playhole. The Ammo is forgiving for a first kayak, and rolls easy, so yes I would recommend it for a beginner...some other good choices would be the Wavesport Diesel, Jackson Hero, and LiquidLogic Remix.

Oh, and should stop telling beginners to buy sit-on-tops...are you trying to sell them or what? Ah, yes you are...just check out the link on the bottom of his signature.

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Old 06-29-2010   #13
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Agreed. Sit on tops are great for surf or lakes, but that's not the .way to learn whitewater.
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Old 06-29-2010   #14
Redwood City, California
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I've got lots of sit on top (8 years) and a fair amount of whitewater experience (3 years).

Bottom line, a sit on top has next to zero in common with a whitewater boat... a sit on top will not help your whitewater skills...

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Old 06-29-2010   #15
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I own an ammo which is my first boat. I LOVE IT!! It is a great boat to start out in. Any boat that is a river runner style boat is a great boat to start out in as well. The ammo just fit me the best.

I suggest doing some DEMO's and getting a boat that "fits". That's the best advise I can give!! I knew after doing multiple demo's that the ammo was my boat.

I'm not an expert or advanced paddler, so I can't say I run GNAR in it. But I have run some class IV+ and an easy waterfall in it. So far it's worked out great for me!! Don't buy a boat because we all tell you a certain boat is the shit and some super star paddler has the same boat. Just get what fits the best!!



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