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Old 07-11-2013   #1
calgary, Alberta
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Help a newb(kinda) into his first kayak

looking to get back into the sport.

My skill level- Had a gas when I was 15-18 did a few two week intensive courses- nothing crazy just learned to surf on easy stuff and go down a class 3 rapid kanaskis Alberta, Canada.

Been renting kayaks the last couple years and practicing my rolls at the lake- figured Im better off buying one this year 'cause with the rentals adding up it just makes $$$ sense.

Anyways- whats a fellow to get- I think Im gonna want to do freestyle stuff at some point eventually but obviously im a newb so it should prolly be something multipurpose?

heheh as you can tell Im a blank canvas- opinions greatly appreciated gents/ladies!

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Old 07-11-2013   #2
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checked kijiji found a used Dagger Prescription RX 6.9 for $400 Canadian- sound good?
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Old 07-12-2013   #3
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Glad you got the you can tell most of us have a serious whitewater addiction too....and there isnt a better fix then getting out on the river...

so here's gonna be the general consensus from most. you want a stable river running initially. i would not recommend the dagger playboat, or any playboat right away*. with the caveat being that everyone's different, and if you have a decent roll already then you have what you need to not endanger yourself too bad paddling a little spud boat.but it will be scary sometimes.... playboats are somewhat squirrelly and designed to flip very easily, to do all the rad freestyle stuff. thats not to say you cant really get after it if you are that type A personality, but its like learning to surf on a shortboard instead of a long board...harder.

the real deal is you will want at least two boats very soon...a river runner/creeker & a riverplay / playboat. some folks just want to cruise,and willl never need a second boat. sounds like you want to get after it playboating too, (which is crucial to becoming an expert boater. rolling up from every which way)

So #1....the best river running boats are the LL Remix, Jackson Zen, WS diesel, Dagger Mamba.

Jackson Hero/ Superhero, diesel, mamba and nano all creek really well too.

#2...Playboats... JK Allstar, pyranha jed, dagger jistsu, WS project.

To narrow it down to two best all around recommendations imho...JK Superhero & LL Remix.

The best playboat imo.. JK superstar...
(but i am biased to Jackson kayaks and own the Superhero and Superstar...) never been in any of the other playboats listed but they are all really awesome boats.

wow. next time two word answer. HERO & Remix.
but there you go...!
Hope that helps, seriously, demo boats, and get hep outfitting them to fit you wont regret it.
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