First, has your boat been looked at to see if you can just shift the rail for the foot pegs so that the whole thing is closer to you? I have seen rails set up with alternate holes in them to manage a different position. May not be possible, but in some systems you can.
If not you can shorten them with blocks, but the better and more secure bet would be to just put in a piece of wood that you could anchor well to both sides. I think that may have been suggested above.
I am assuming that the foot pegs are too far away from you? Do I have that right?
If the foot pegs can't be gotten close enough to reach you in their factory setting, it may mean that the boat is simply too big for you to have a good fit to do what you want to do with it. If you are trying to make a big boat fit a small person, I would suggest that you go with the simplest solution, one that does not involve altering the boat significantly. Then start looking for a better fitting kayak at a used price. You would hardly be the first person to have found out after a few lessons that the first boat choice wasn't the best one for long term.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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