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Hey everyone!

My name's Andrew I'm 21 and recently moved to Colorado in May of 2009 from Northern Colorado. I have little to no experience kayaking :(. I was introduced tot he great sport of rafting when I was roughly 6 and was scared to death then. I've run mostly oar boats, and partially guided one paddle boat trip (I had the help of my dad with that one though). My favorite river is the Green. I've only run it once but fell in love. I've also run the Middle Fork of the Eel river and another fork of it as well, I seem too have forgotten which fork though. I've also done the South Fork of the American, and the Rogue. Hopefully this Summer I can purchase a kayak and get back into river sports!

I'm a certified WEMT. Sadly I am working in security doing loss prevention for the time being until I can get all my certifications renewed and up to par with Colorado protocols. I love the outdoors and do just about everything it has to offer. I enjoy biking (both road and mountain), hiking, backpacking, four wheeling, shooting, flying, climbing, and so on! I was referred by Electric-Mayhem.

It doesn't seem like there is a "formal introduction" section on this forum. Sorry if there is and I missed it. I'm also a part of Front Range 4X4.
 

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welcome, you will find many people here who share your interests. im up north in loveland for ski touring and mtn biking, my boating takes me everywhere.
 

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Welcome. If you are in Arvada then you'll probably be in the whitewater playpark in Golden this summer. It is a good place to build your skills. The pool in the Golden rec center (right next to the playpark) has open pool sessions that people use in the off-season to work on their rolls.

If you start getting confident enough to go up the canyon this summer then ping me and I'd be happy to take you down. It is class III from tunnel I to town and if you walk up around to the back side of tunnel I you can get some III+/IV- depending on flow levels.

Your local shop will be Golden River Sports (near the whitewater park) and Renaissance Guides has some good instructors if you have the cash for a few lessons to get you going.

You wrote that you moved rom Northern Colorado... did you mean to say you moved here from Nor Cal? I love it up there... I spent a year surfing up in Humboldt County.
 

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Welcome. If you are in Arvada then you'll probably be in the whitewater playpark in Golden this summer. It is a good place to build your skills. The pool in the Golden rec center (right next to the playpark) has open pool sessions that people use in the off-season to work on their rolls.

If you start getting confident enough to go up the canyon this summer then ping me and I'd be happy to take you down. It is class III from tunnel I to town and if you walk up around to the back side of tunnel I you can get some III+/IV- depending on flow levels.

Your local shop will be Golden River Sports (near the whitewater park) and Renaissance Guides has some good instructors if you have the cash for a few lessons to get you going.

You wrote that you moved rom Northern Colorado... did you mean to say you moved here from Nor Cal? I love it up there... I spent a year surfing up in Humboldt County.
Thanks for all the info! I did mean Nor Cal. Sonoma County area. I've got a friend who is going to teach me the basics. Hopefully by the end of Summer I'll be up for the class III. I look forward to meeting everyone! Any recommendations for beginner kayaks? Preferably something I could grow into..
 

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spend your money on a good paddle, pfd, helmet, skirt, throw rope, whistle, and knife. That will probably run you almost $900 if you go all new top of the line. If you don't have money for all that then get a new top of the line pfd and you can go used for the rest.

Look for a cheap used riverrunner for your boat. Or... maybe get a cheap playboat and work on it in the playpark all summer. Maybe spend about 300-500 on a used boat. The swap section on this forum usually has some stuff. If you don't know about a deal then ask a neutral party for advice.

Search around old threads or check out manufacturer websites like pyranha for explanations of the differences between the 3 major classes of boats: playboats, river runners, and creek boats. There are hybrid designs too.
 
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