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Old 11-26-2010   #1
 
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Do Big Water Skills Translate??

How much do big water skills translate into other areas of kayaking? In particular, would it help out as I get into creeking?

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Old 11-26-2010   #2
 
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Yes and no. It will absolutely help that your comfortable kayaking big water before you jump into steep mank...there are, however, different skills involved. Start slow and work your way up, paddle with a good crew and you should be fine, and most importantly Have Fun.
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All Kayaking helps.
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All Kayaking helps.
X2.. Casper sometimes you do make sense .......
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Agree with the yes and no. I had only been on smaller rivers like Big T, Clear creek and Poudre then I got on a massive 8k cfs?!? I was like holy shit there's water everywhere. Took me a bit to get used to having lots of room and rocks not dictating the path.
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Gannon the question was the other way around.
Kirbz I see you got san fran as your location.. go find a nic3 rolling barely breaking wave in the ocean, that will translate muy bueno senior..
Hopefully everyone had a great thanksgiving. Get your shred on. Any bozemanites wanna hit some intown mini park just bring the beer.
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Yeah I know but I figured it should probably also be the other way around. If you're only used to big water and all the sudden you are restricted it will also take some adjusting to.

I think (which seems obvious) you will find you need to plan out moves well in advance depending on river. Seems like big water is more relaxed? Not saying it is easier.
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I agree with IMyers. Take it slow. The first time I did "big water" it was intimidating but I just pointed down the middle and the river dominated where I went. Having a good roll is important. There was really nothng significant to hit so it was fun. Then I went and paddled a creek (same grade) and it was like "holy crap" got flipped and when I rolled up was off line etc. etc. Didn't swim but it wasn't pretty at all.
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Hey Brenda,

Is that a dogface puffer fish in your avatar...The one Deuce Bigalow saved?
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It is a puffer fish ...but what kind I'm not sure. Cute though! Haven't seen Deuce Bigalow.
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