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Try and make that symposium. Also watch demo days for Riverside Kayak (wyandotte), Sun and Snow (ann arbor) and any others you can find. Talk to people at the symposium, look around, and get some seat time at demos if possible.
Byron is also correct IMO: if you enjoy it you'll be buying another. Best to get your first boat used. It's like a car, you don't know all the factors that might influence your purchase if you don't know they exist.