Originally Posted by ciliphora
I have been wanting to learn how to white water kayak for a couple years now. I have been procrastinating simply becuase I have no idea what kind of kayak is a good beginner. I know I want to eventually/soon do white water/river. but if its "okay" in the lake that is fine by me. I know river boats are shorter and therefore make it more difficult to get around in a lake (more paddling) so I want to focus on the river part, but if there is such a thing as an "okay" lake boat please let me know. Any information would be awesome thank you.
Any whitewater boat is better than none. I started out with an Otter Sport recreational kayak, then got a Wavesport XXX (possibly the shitiest boat made), but still somehow learned to paddle... point is, it's more about your drive to learn and get out there than about the equipment (at least at first). Sure, you might have an easier learning curve if you go buy a Jackson Hero or Liquid Logic Remix or Pyrhanna Ammo... but I would suggest starting with whatever you can find cheap, hooking up with a group (check with Tenmile kayak in Frisco) and giving it a shot.
Welcome to the most addictive sport on the planet, good luck.
Oh, and don't worry about whitewater kayaks not being good on the reservoir. They work just fine for paddling flatwater too.