Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-26-2013   #1
Brevard, North Carolina
Paddling Since: 2011
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2
Need some help- Wanna get into Creekboating

Hey guys,
First let me preface, All of my kayak experience has been on flatwater( lakes and sounds and stuff) my white water experiences have been in rafts through the NOC.

I wan't to get into creeking, I live less than 20 minutes from the NFFB (I know I will have to work my way up to it) with it and the Green river narrows being my ultimate goals.

My question is, What equipment do i HAVE to have when starting out? What brands/ models do you suggest? Boats, Paddles, Skirts, PDF's, Helmets, etc. I am 6'0 225 LBS and slimming down.

One of my mentors has already promised to show me the ropes of Creeking so I don't have to pay tons of money to learn. (he used to work for NOC)

Any and all opinions/knowledge, would be appreciated!


benhigdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2013   #2
lmyers's Avatar
Buena Vista, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 4,207
Lot's of good creek boats out there. I prefer Pyranha, so that what I will suggest first. Burn, Shiva or Nano. Some other good options include the Jackson Hero and Villain, Dagger Mamba and Nomad and Liquid Logic Stomper.

Paddles. I prefer Werner, but Adventure Technology makes good products as well. I would suggest the Powerhouse.

Skirts. You want something with a rubber rand instead of a bungee. I had a Mountain Surf for years that I loved, but just upgraded to an Immersion Research Kling-On. Snapdragon makes good skirts too.

PFD's. There are lot's of choices in this department, and fit will be a big determining factor, but if your going to get into creeking you should probably get a safety vest. Astral's Green Jacket is becoming the standard, but there are many other choices out there.

Helmets. There are lots of helmet options as well, and that is another item that will need to be tried on. My helmet is WRSI (whitewater research safety institute), but know lot's of people who swear by Sweet.

Dry Gear. Best bet is a Kokatat Gmer drysuit, but that is expensive. You could also get a Rogue or one of their Tropos tops with dry pants, but the investment in a drysuit is worth it.

Also need to get a throw rope, river knife and emergency whistle. Never hurts to carry a couple locking beaners too.

GARNA’s mission is to foster stewardship of the resources of the greater Arkansas River region through education, volunteerism and experiences.
lmyers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2013   #3
caspermike's Avatar
Bozeman, Montana
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,507
The key is not nessecarily having your end point goal as the green. This is a future preventer of progress..Anybody can run whitewater, but the biggest game changer in your progression is to paddle lots. The easiest way to do this is just have fun! Paddle lots of flat water in your new kayak get that gear dialed. Get a bomb proof roll, Coloradans need to reexamine this step. Make every river little more difficult mentally with must make moves even if they are imaginary. The only way to get Better is push your self a little bit harder each time if you go up to high you will just topple over like standing on a ladder. There is a fine line because some swims and situations can be a road block in some ways. The key is get that addiction thru fun, find a playhole or wave and learn the basics. Being a good creek boater means you are just as comfortable in 3 as in the steep shit. It all comes down to mental focus and muscle memory..

If you get out to the rio in montana give us a ring we have a good thing going just bring the bomb proof roll...
caspermike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2013   #4
Brevard, North Carolina
Paddling Since: 2011
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2
So when you say bomb proof roll?

Back deck, or front deck?
benhigdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2013   #5
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2010
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 265
Originally Posted by caspermike View Post
...Coloradans need to reexamine this step.

Careful there, Sparky.
FastFXR is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I wanna go Boating davecosnowboarder Kayaking | Trip Planner 0 06-06-2010 09:43 AM
Escalante 5/14...wanna go? RobHurst Kayaking | Trip Planner 3 05-15-2010 08:23 AM
I'm new!!! I wanna paddle!! help!! glcasson21 Whitewater Kayaking 2 04-24-2009 07:50 AM
Wanna take a look into the future... thecraw Whitewater Kayaking 0 05-31-2005 11:28 AM

» Classified Ads
Pyranha Burn 3 Large B/G/W

posted by Rendezvous River Sports


Wavesport Diesel 60

posted by pattimiller747

Cool colors - purples, black and greys Lightly used two...

ShredReady full face...

posted by go-with-the-Flo

Size large/XL. White. Light use, no big hits or scratches....

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:49 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.