Let The Kids Choose
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-25-12 4:59 PM (EST)
These are the good fun years of paddling, having bought every kid's paddle available to try out on the narrow made for kid's Poco SOT by Ocean Kayak. You can't fool kids, they want the real mc'coy like what the grown ups paddle. They don't want another scaled down toy version. Discovered this when the 7 year old picked up her mom's translucent Swift paddle and took off on her own out into the surf and ocean. Been trying to get her to do this for years. Even at age 10 and paddling surfski, it was hard to ween her from the the Swift, until I got her the Onno Small Wing paddle, which she has been using for the past four years until now, when she switch to the larger Onno Small-Mid Wing.
Don't worry about technique or what's right or wrong, for kids experiment a lot and learn how to improvise and adjust in order to acquire that elusive "feel" for the water, which us grownups never seem to discover?
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