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I am getting into the sport and taking lessons in the next week to learn fundamentals, but I would like some advice on the kayak.
I am going with a used kayak to start, and will upgrade as my skill increases. There are two local options for a person of my size. I am 6'1" and 260 lbs. Uses will include clam water and light whitewater to start.
I am debating between a Wavesport Z and a Pyrahna H3 255.
Will those out there with wisdom on these boats, please give advice on the pros/cons of each? Thanks.
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Posted by: seadart on Mar-22-13 10:55 AM (EST)
I paddled a wavesport Z a long time ago. It did not seem that big to me and I weigh a lot less than you. You should check the paddler weight it was designed for. People may view it at 260 lbs as a playboat that you can stall the bow, stern ext with your weight. Maybe not the best for a beginner, but if the boat floats you fine it's a good older model whitewater boat. The pyranah model is a big creeker and should float you fine.
Posted by: Windsetter on Mar-22-13 11:54 AM (EST)
Mostly whitewater, downriver and eventually light playboating.
you might want to check out crossovers|
Posted by: tdaniel on Mar-24-13 8:46 AM (EST)
or hybrids. I have one friend that paddles an xp remix and I do as well. We call the boat "boating for dummies" Its big and stable, and it lets you make plenty of mistakes. The downside is it doesn't push you to become a better paddler. Its a better big water boat than creeks. It does okay in the flats, the seat is really comfortable. The Jackson hybrid is quicker- it has a more old school- pointy feel to it, but you give up some stability and play.The biggest drawback to the hybrids are their weight, heavy to carry and heavy to load up. Having the footroom and storage is nice though. If someone asked me what boat they should get as beginner who just wanted to paddle whitewater I'd say a regular remix. Never paddled one but they sure are popular.
Are the lessons in WW or flat?|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-24-13 9:07 AM (EST)
Probably the Pyranha|
Posted by: pblanc on Mar-24-13 9:10 AM (EST)
second what pblanc said,|
Posted by: tdaniel on Mar-24-13 9:30 AM (EST)
i was thinkin' the z was a slicey boat, but didn't want to comment on that because I wasn't absolutely sure I had the right boat pictured in my head. You'll definately have a more "aggressive" learning curve if you paddle that. Translation: it could be more frustrating to learn in.