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Old 02-04-2012   #1
Brea, California
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Where to start?

So I live in so cal and have no white water experience. I have messed around in a kayak on lakes and out in the ocean a few times but never anything serious.

So i want to get into whitewater kayaking. Other than Boof.com, any other good resources for beginners in socal? I am assuming the closest place i can get a lesson is Kern (im in LA/OC area).

I am assuming used is the way to go for my first setup, can anyone give me an idea as to what its going to run me to get a full setup?

Any and all advice/suggestions are much appreciated!

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Old 02-04-2012   #2
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I've only played around Kernville in so cal so I'm not the best resource. I would think you could find lessons there and it may be the closest thing to LA.

As far as gear, I'd recommend trying to find a buddy with gear to loan as opposed to buying without ever having paddled anything. Worst case I would recommend is to rent before buying. Try to get in as many boats as possible before buying anything so you have the opportunity to discover what you like.

When I was just beginning I found a few days of lessons exceedingly helpful, then just go start running stuff with the very basics learned in the class.

PM me and I can look to get you in contact with the few people I know that play on the river in Kernville. Don't know if it'll be much help but it could be a start.

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Old 02-04-2012   #3
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Thanks so much for the reply! Looks like I need to start making friends. Done a little reading seems like there quite a few people who get out on the local rivers/streams( San Gabriel , cow creek ect). So looks like i need to start kissing some butt.
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Old 02-06-2012   #4
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can anyone give me a good estimate of what I will be most likely spending on a decent setup (everything needed, i have nothing, but all used gear most likely)? again any and all help would be appreciated!!!
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