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Old 05-18-2012   #1
 
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should i keep this boat?

I'm a beginner kayaker making slow progress. I can roll, not bombproof but I dont really swim anymore, might take a few tries sometimes. I'm paddling a LiquidLogic CR250. My thoughts when buying it were, i wanna learn to surf and still run the river. Also it was a leftover from the previous year and i got a good deal. I know it would be easier to learn in a bigger boat, but I figure if i learn in my CR I'll be a better paddler in the long run. I thought I'd at least give it one more season, since i didnt really get out much on the water until last year. I mostly run the upper C right now, I'm a raft guide there and on Clear Creek. I feel like if I DO get a bigger boat, I might as well ditch the CR and get a play boat for surfing/playing.

So what are your thoughts? should I stick it out and wait to get a bigger boat when my skills are up and I want to run bigger water? Or should i make learning easier and get myself a bigger boat?

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That boat will be fine for learning on Upper C. save your $ and figure out what you really want. you don't need a bigger boat to facilitate learning, if anything, that would slow your learning down.

AS long as you're relatively comfy in it, just keep it.
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I learned to paddle in a Mr. Clean, what a great boat that was....


I think you should keep it and playboat a bunch. Learn to cartwheel and wavewheel. Practice bow stalls in the flat water and try catching tough eddies. Go to bv and paddle their park if the ark is over 700.
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Here's what I think about my CR125.
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Old 05-18-2012   #5
 
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thanks for the reccomendations! I'll stick it out. definitely want to work on bow stalls/cartwheels. haven't tried too hard yet but so far initiating bow/stern isn't going too well. I've watched a couple videos, and I'm ready to give it another go. definitely need to be more on edge, and get a better forward paddle to get the bow up for the double pump. I have heard that the CR's higher volume makes it a little tricky to do this kind of stuff, but I've seen it done in alot bigger boats than mine so i guess its just cowboy up and practice practice practice.

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Jake
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