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  Probably the Pyranha
  Posted by: pblanc on Mar-24-13 9:10 AM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Mar-24-13 9:22 AM EST --

I don't think it is terribly important what boat you start out with as long as you fit in it comfortably and it doesn't have ridiculously too much or too little volume for you.

I assume that these are two boats that are currently available to you used? If so, you definitely want to sit in them to see how they feel.

I remember paddling a Z once and I agree that it didn't seem all that big. Although Wave Sport claimed it had "generous foot room" if I am remembering correctly my feet felt a bit cramped in it, but I could be confusing it with another boat.

I haven't paddled the Pyranha H3 255 but if you are comfortable in it I would strongly suspect it would be the better choice for a couple of reasons. I think the 80 gallon volume of the H3 255 will be much more suitable for your weight than the 63 gallon Z. The Pyranha also has more volume in the ends. The Wavesport Z has rather low volume, "slicy" ends. These are an asset for play boaters who want to initiate vertical moves. But you surely aren't going to be throwing ends right off the bat, and if you do get to that stage, the odds are you will want a newer design by that time.

Low volume ends can be a detriment to whitewater kayakers starting out. Beginning boaters tend to allow those ends to inadvertently get sliced below the surface on eddy lines which usually results in a quick flip. The lower volume ends also get submerged much more easily going over drops or through sizable wave trains.

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