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Old 02-16-2011, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone Kayak in the off season?

Just curious if there were any other whitewater kayakers running around here...
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I kayak fish local rivers alot, and explore some saltwater bays. My main kayak is a 14'-er, but I'm dying to get into a full fledged sea kayak.

Rigged for fishing.


Land Ho! 2 miles out. (Flat here, but gets rough at times.)
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was thinking more whitewater than flat water.

This is what I was talking about...

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I kayak in the non-snow season. Thing is I consider winter as the the off season, hahaha. I snowboard board to pack down the snow and extend the kayak season.

Where you at? maybe we can get in a couple runs this year.

Fixing to pick up a new Jefe Grande in a week or to. Just got my enclosed trailer swapped out from hunting to kayaking. Sure love seeing my boats and paddles in the trailer ready to go. Thinking of doing a Salt river trip in march.
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Dumb question but where/how did you learn to whitewater kayak? I tried it once in college and would love to do it again, but I can't roll to save my life.
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I kayak in the non-snow season. Thing is I consider winter as the the off season, hahaha. I snowboard board to pack down the snow and extend the kayak season.

Where you at? maybe we can get in a couple runs this year.

Fixing to pick up a new Jefe Grande in a week or to. Just got my enclosed trailer swapped out from hunting to kayaking. Sure love seeing my boats and paddles in the trailer ready to go. Thinking of doing a Salt river trip in march.
Im in southern Indiana and spend most my time paddling on the east coast. I paddle an older Wavesport Diesel 65. I have to stick with the older models because two years ago they went from making the 65ga to making a 60 and a 70 ( 60 is too small and 70 is bigger than I care for ).

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Dumb question but where/how did you learn to whitewater kayak? I tried it once in college and would love to do it again, but I can't roll to save my life.
I found a local clinic a handfull of years ago and learned everything through it. I really do enjoy paddling almost as much as boarding. If you cant find anything googling it go to one of your local ( the less big chain the better ) outdoor shops and just ask them if they know of any clinics or programs you could get in on. I an instructor for our local one now and I know our clinic is coming up in about a month so you if you interested in trying it out this year then you might want to get to it.

Just to give you an idea, our clinic costs $100 which includes the lessons, a boat and gear to borrow for the first year, and the years membership dues.
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Im in southern Indiana and spend most my time paddling on the east coast. I paddle an older Wavesport Diesel 65. I have to stick with the older models because two years ago they went from making the 65ga to making a 60 and a 70 ( 60 is too small and 70 is bigger than I care for ).
Indiana is a little far. I spend my time in Colorado and Wyoming for paddling. Beautiful canyons and steep gradient. The Diesel 65 huh, boat designs have have changed some since that boat was made. Have you looked into the Pyranha burn medium. The guys that I have talked to say they love it. Especially since they moved the edge up in the 2010 model. personally I don't care for a planning hull. Rather have the speed of a full displacement, but everyone likes what they like. If you make it out west hit me up on mountainbuzz. Screen name Lin3dawg.

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There are DVD's out there that can show you the principles to learning a roll. Of course the only way to learn is with time in a boat and someone there to help you. You don't really have to have a roll to start paddling. Just keep the difficulty down to around a class III run. I am gonna warn you though, white water is extremely addicting. People ask me why I do it, all i can say is. It's the most fun a person can have without burning gas.
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Yeah everyone has their little pet peeves when it comes to kayaks. I have tried a few boats in the last few years (Including a burn (73ga)) and always return to my old diesel 65 (which is actually a first gen but the boat and outfitting are still holding tough despite the abuse ). I have owned a jackson allstar (52ga), liquid logic remix (69ga), and a Dagger RPM Max ( First boat-75ga ). They have all had their pluses but the diesel is just an overall and any condition workhorse. Good for playing, good for river running, and easy to paddle in those pesky flat water areas.

I have paddled my Diesel on anything from Class 2 water (Like the Nantahala in NC) to Class 5 (Gauley in WV). My main thing is that when I head to the east coast to paddle I often paddle three or four rivers. Since I will have a couple buddies with me to help chip in on gas since its a 10 hour drive I cant take more than one boat with me but I know I can alway count on the diesel for whatever Im running.

But like I said, different strokes for different folks. You will find people on every end of the spectrum when discussing displaced hulls, rockers vs rounded hulls, ect... All it really boils down to is whats comfortable for you and what your doing with it.

Same argument goes for paddles too. I have two AT2s ( One standard and one SL, but havent used the standard since I bought the SL and just keep it around as a backup as it definitely shows its time on the water ).

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