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Old 06-14-2013   #1
columbus, Ohio
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Newby needs advice and info

I'm finally getting into white water, something I've always been interested in. Finally got enough cash to purchase a kayak I went with the stomper 90. This is a pretty expensive sport to get into. I was just wondering what kind of paddle I should get, sprayskirt and other things along that line. Any advice would greatly be appreciated.

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Old 06-14-2013   #2
Longmont, Colorado
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I'd suggest a cheap paddle to begin with. Beginners swim a lot and paddles often get lost. Within a few years you'll probably want to upgrade to something lighter and maybe even a bent shaft. The shitty thing about a really nice paddle is they are stupid expensive and get lost just as easy as the cheap ones.

As for skirts, something that fits. The bungee ones are usually easier to get on and off, which as a beginner you'll be doing a lot of.

Paddle top/dry top, something that fits should be fine.

Throw bag, something with a rope and a bag to put it in.

I'd suggest some tight getting fleece to keep you warm. It's amazing how cold a 90 degree day can be with some fresh snow and a light wind.
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Old 06-14-2013   #3
Duluth, Minnesota
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Even though I've been waiting 5 years to break or lose my first shitty paddle, I still second the advice to start with a cheapo.
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Old 06-15-2013   #4
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Get a Sharpie and write your name and phone number on everything you own, especially the low end paddle.
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Old 06-15-2013   #5
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Wear a helmet. Don't paddle solo. Don't swim just because you hit a rock. All that does is let you hit more rocks with even more body parts.
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