July 17, 2007 at 2:58 am #4457
Hey guys, was hoping someone could help me out.
I’ve been to quite a few places, looking at different kayak’s and different styles. Unfortunetly, a lot of people in the stores i have been to have not been a lot of help. I am looking at getting into whitwater kayaking but need some help on getting started.
All i have gotten out of talking to the "sale’s rep’s" at the locations i have been to is to start out on a creek/river running kayak as they are the most stable and easy to roll.
I am looking to buy my first whitewater kayak. I’m looking to buy used because i figured that i am going to be roughing up my kayak in the first few years of learning the sport, and i dont want to buy something brand new and end up messing it up.
If anyone has any suggestions on what brand/make of kayak for a beginner that only has experience in flatwater/touring kayaks, that would be great. I am really interested in whitewater kayaking, i just need some help getting started. If anyone could point me to the right direction, even toss me a link to something u would suggest that is for sale in the personal ad’s section then that would be great.
Thanks for your time, much appreciated.
P.S…i am 19 yrs old and weigh around 150-160 pounds, if that helps at all. Thanks again!July 17, 2007 at 3:35 am #28787The Great GonzoParticipant
Luke, since you are from Barrie, why don’t you get in touch with The Barrie canoe and kayak Club? There is a group of Whitewaterpaddlers in the club, some of us go out almost every weekend. and if it’s an official club trip you can even use one of the club boats. This would probably help you in finding out which boat you would like.
There are paddle nights every monday evening at the South Shore community Centre in Barrie, where you can chat with them and try out the club boats on the bay. Chck them out on the web, all the contact info can be found here. Call or e-mail Duane Craig, the WW kayak coordinator: http://www.bckc.ca/Contacts.htm
TGG!July 17, 2007 at 10:55 am #28788
Thats a very good idea haha. Thanks very much for your help, i really appreciate it. I am definetly going to give them a call tonight.July 17, 2007 at 11:28 am #28789McCoyParticipant
Gonzo: Good advice. At least you didn’t twist his arm towards single blading Not yet anyways
McCoyJuly 17, 2007 at 11:37 am #28790Derek MereweatherParticipant
TGG mentioned this in passing in his post, but it can’t be stressed enough: try ’em out! What is one person’s boat nirvana could be another’s ho-hum experience. The boat you buy will depend on the type of paddling you want to do as well – creeking, playing, river running, and points in between. Taking a course and having the opportunity to try out different boats is another good option. Strano (the guy who owns this board and Boatwerks) is another source of info – he may have nights (maybe Monday nights) where he could bring some to the Gull to try out, even if it is for a nominal fee. You’ll want to try out different paddles as well to find one that suits you best.
DerekJuly 17, 2007 at 1:21 pm #287912TParticipant
Instruction is key. Although you have a history of paddling on open water, white water is something all together different. Basic forward and backward strokes are the same, but there are numerous other techniques you’ll need to learn to have fun on the river. Since I live in the Ottawa area, I can only advise on local kayak schools such as Madawaska Kanu Centre/Owl Rafting, Liquid Skills and Ottawa Kayak School.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the boats and test out a few. A couple of hundred dollars on proper instruction will get you started and with the advice of your fellow river rats, keep you going all summer long.
Regarding boats, I suggest you try as many as you can. Rent some gear and head out to the local spot. Once there, ask others about their boats. Many will volunteer to let you try their boat. I have in the past and will continue to share my gear for a few rides for the greater good.
TamaraJuly 17, 2007 at 1:39 pm #28792The Great GonzoParticipant"McCoy":1sj6r8b7 wrote:Gonzo: Good advice. At least you didn’t twist his arm towards single blading Not yet anyways
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TGG!July 17, 2007 at 8:54 pm #28793
All great advice. Thanks a ton guys, i didnt expect people to be so helpful to be honest haha. My sport used to be paintball, the CXBL to be exact. If anyone posted something like this on those boards u’d get called a newb and shunned haha. But i was just wondering what the going rate, particularilly of the one at the south shore center? I am very very excited to be getting into this, i’ve always loved the water, i just need the proper training so i can be safe while i have fun.
Thanks again everyone, much appreciated. I am going up to the Ottawa river on august 10th 11th and 12th for a whitewater rafting trip with friends, i was hoping to be able to watch some whitewater kayaking while i was up there as well.July 25, 2007 at 6:24 pm #28794chickenhawkParticipant
I am also new to white water kayaking this year. In June I took a 5 day course at MKC and that was a really good start. I didn’t learn the roll, in fact I wasn’t even close, but then I watched the Eric Jackson bracing and rolling DVD and with his instruction I learned the roll in 2 afternoons, I highly recommend this DVD, follow his steps and the roll is easy. After learning the roll my confidence has gone way up and my learning is much quicker. I just went to Gull with some friends (they rented kayaks from Boatwerks) and I rolled their boats easily, I have rolled 5 different boats and I only learned to roll 2.5 weeks ago. I was renting boats a lot however fit is very important and is an issue when renting. I thought in order to really improve in this amazing sport I needed my own boat outfitted for me only, so last week I stopped by MEC and I bought a Pyranha Stretch on sale $800. Their web site says it is a river runner/playboat. It is easy to roll and is easy to edge, I am more confident now in current because of the edge control. hope this helps.July 25, 2007 at 6:48 pm #28795Andrew LowlesParticipant
I agree with everyone, test as many as possible. I have been fortunate to test almost every playboat that was out the year I was buying new. I found the boat that suit me, and have never regretted it. It’s getting a little thin these days (about 400-450 Gull river days in the past 5 years) and i’ll be on the hunt again. I’ll be looking for something new in the next while.
Also consider where you are going to be paddling. I bought my first playboat, a Riot Techno cause it was a carving machine on big waves, well I spent 4 months getting trashed in Earls and never got paddle it in big water.
Boatwerks also does instruction at the Gull, so it is possible to rent boats from the store and test them at the river just minutes away.
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