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[13 May 2005|01:15pm]

I have been canoeing for a long time and decided to try Kayaking. I heard that a sit on top kayak is a lot like canoeing. Is this true? It looks like it will tip over really easilly and I'm a bit unnerved, despite 10 years of canoeing and swimming.....help ease my pounding heart? Im sooooo nervous.....*gulp*
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[26 Apr 2005|02:51pm]

hey guys,
I'm new to the community and I thought i'd introduce myself.. I've been kayaking for about half a year now, living and going to school in Boone, NC and I go pretty much any time possible whenever the weather allows (and even sometimes when it doesn't). I like to paddle at least III/IV stuff, and am looking to get into more Vs next semester. I enjoy creeking much more than any other aspect of boating, although messing around with trying some cartwheels in Jaws on the Noli is always fun. I usually paddle my session, unless I'm creeking or running heavier stuff, in which case I usually borrow a boat from friends. I'm looking at the possibility of buying a used micro or huka within the next week or so. In the summers I work as a whitwater raft guide. Sometimes people tag along and take pictures.. there's a couple pictures posts scattered throughout my journal with some boating pictures in 'em if any of you guys are intersted.
anyways, always good to see some fresh boating faces.. glad to be a part of this community!
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Whoring out a group: [18 Apr 2005|06:50am]

Because I feel like I'm talking to myself there. Go join pnwkayaking

Thanks.  :)
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Shameless plug: [27 Mar 2005|10:32am]

I just reached whole new levels of boredom/procrastination on my studies, and made a new community for pacific northwest kayakers. Come check it out and join!
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looking for whitewater info on a couple of rivers: [17 Mar 2005|06:46am]

1) the Box section of the Rio Grande (thinking to put on at Dunn's Bridge and go until at least Rio Bravo... probably all the way to Orilla Verde).


2) the Escalante River???

Been gathering info on Taos Box, but only have topos for the Escalante... can't seem to get much info on it. Please reply or email with anything you've got. Thanks for your help!!

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Kayak trip [17 Jan 2005|05:12pm]
Hey a few friends and i are plannin a kayak trip from the Bahamas back to the USA. I'm handling most the lagistics cuase I have done so in the past and i was the one to come up with the idea. one of my friends who's going is taking care of $$ requirements such as aranging a fund raiser or 2 and whatnot. anyway.. i was wondering if any of yall know anyone who has done a trip like this before and if so how i could get in touch with them. I'm good at lagistics planning an all but i have found it's always worth while to ask someone who's been there before. so if any of yall have any tips or anything feel free to lemmy know or if you have comments about what type of kayak to use or whatever.
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skills question [05 Dec 2004|02:21pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

I have been trying for quite some time (okay, only a couple of months) to cartwheel my new playboat, and have received endless advice that generally just confuses me. (Put my center of gravity where?) I'm looking for a good fool-proof video, website, instruction, whatever, that will help me out. Can you reccommend a good resource that will break it down step by step? Also, should I be learning in a hole to start, or on flatwater?

Also, does anyone have any good advice for someone who's just beginning to playboat? (Besides "Stop thinking like a creek boater".)

Please and thank you!!!

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[19 Nov 2004|05:08pm]

went up the LRC and ran chairflit.. Somefriends and i are just getting into creeking. this weekend looks like an enderhole or 5O on the locust/mulberry though. gotta love playboating.
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howdy [17 Oct 2004|07:14pm]

I just joined as well. I noticed the associated with this site was alabamawhitewater and I was just curious as to where everyone on here is from. I am originally from Bristol, TN but I am in Boone, NC for school (App state) and I am pretty much just getting started but I figure the more people you boat with and the harder stuff you paddle, the better you'll get, right? Thought this would be a good place to pick up some pointers and wanted to see who was closeby. lata.
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[25 May 2004|09:54pm]

hey... just joined... I'm in central Va. trying to get back into kayaking. Most of the rivers around me require a shuttle to paddle (when there's water in them) and I'm having a hard time finding people who like to play. I like running rivers, but mostly I like finding the good holes, and just getting worked in them. Oh.. btw, I'm looking to trade an ez for a big ez or something along those lines. my feet (and legs) are too big for my boat:(

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[26 Apr 2004|02:33pm]

Went to my frist upper delaware NCSP resuce training
Good water stuff( even though we didn;t get in our boat till the last day)
WOnderful people
Some cute guys *rolls eyes*
Going you for my frist petrol this coming week end
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[26 Apr 2004|11:34am]

paddled the upper and middle ocooe this past weekend. weather was awesome saturday and overcast sunday. it was my first time running the upper including the olympic section. i think some guy swam humongous, they had an ambulance out there. it looks like i'll be on the coosa this weekend. happy padling
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[31 Mar 2004|01:42pm]

Can't wait for Fri and Sat. Paddling both days...Yay. I am going to try out the prozone, my dad is always raving about and my sister hates it...funny thing is that dads never paddled it and my sister ahs. I will probaly not like the prozone but we'll see. On friday we are going to hit up the ledges and I am going in the prozone. Sat we are unsure what river we're heading for but it will either be the Nesquepeca(howthe hell do you spell that ) or the lehigh river. It should be fn. Just two more boring days of school and homework. College is a Bitch.
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[28 Mar 2004|11:55pm]

Hi my name is Corey and I have been floating down a river my some means since I was six. I got into ( my Dad :)) kayaking 3 years ago and you would think I would be better but... This is the seroius year I am buying my own boat ( I have been paddling my moms siren) a pryhna( is that how its spelled) S6f 191. I want a werner play paddle, IR pink dry top and mathching spray skirt.
My sister and I went to Paddlesport in NJ today. We could not find any pink baots, the only person who makes a pink boat is liquidlogic and the only baot they have it in is the pocket rocket. Damm. I would get a pocket rocket but I fell in love with the s6f. *sigh* I won't match my boat.
I love any and all river and will find a way to paddle everthing someday :)
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[28 Mar 2004|11:53pm]

[ mood | awake ]

Hi my name is Corey and I have been floating down a river my some means since I was six. I got into ( my Dad :)) kayaking 3 years ago and you would think I would be better but... This is the seroius year I am buying my own boat ( I have been paddling my moms siren) a pryhna( is that how its spelled) S6f 191. I want a werner play paddle, IR pink dry top and mathching spray skirt.
My sister and I went to Paddlesport in NJ today. We could not find any pink baots, the only person who makes a pink boat is liquidlogic and the only baot they have it in is the pocket rocket. Damm. I would get a pocket rocket but I fell in love with the s6f. *sigh* I won't match my boat.
I love any and all river and will find a way to paddle everthing someday :)

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Hi folks [04 Mar 2004|12:52am]
[ mood | excited ]

Hello there...

I am new to the community, and have a question... can any of you serious paddlers reccomend a good starter set for flat water paddling (gotta learn somewhere) that is in the 500 dollar range? I have never been in a kayak, but it looks like so much fun I really want to do it this spring with a few friends. We all figure we can throw 500 at it and not cry if it isn't something we want to do. I'd like one that would at least let us learn, then sample flat water and a little current before we step into something expensive. I am mainly interested in the body conditioning it looks to provide, but hey, I'd like to have a little fun, too... what good is all that gym time if ya can't put it to use?

I believe in asking things like this of enthusiasts, rather than some salesman who wants to move stock that isn't moving, and I hope you guys won't mind me jumping in here to do so...



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[23 Jan 2004|05:58pm]

i did my first flatwater loop yesterday.
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[19 Sep 2003|03:12pm]

Anyone going to the gauley fest?!?!

AIM S/N : eyesleadinglies
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[26 Jan 2003|05:33pm]

Wow...haven't posted here for a long time. I haven't had much chance to go paddling up in Virginia much lately, but there has been some great Alabama paddling. First of all, way back at Thanksgiving, James (i.e. james_sucks), Ruddy (another friend of mine), and I were all sitting around looking for a good paddle. All our normal runs weren't flowing well, so we were looking on www.alabamawhitewater.com (THE resource for info on runs in Alabama) for a good paddle. We noticed that Little River Canyon was actually running for once. For those of you who don't know, LRC has one section on it that is considered some of the best creeking in the Southeast, enough so that when I first moved to Virginia and told some paddlers where I was from, the first question out of their mouths was if I had run LRC. The main section is a class V run, named "The Suicide Section" for some reason. Sadly, we didn't have enough time at that point to make the 3 hour drive and then devote the necessary time to scouting, safety, etc. that would be required to make the run. Instead, we decided to run LRC Falls, the rapid right before the section really starts. The falls are a two stage, 45 foot waterfall (I have heard various estimates of the size, but the sign at the observation deck says 45 ft, so that's what I am going with.) The first drop is a 15 ft vertical drop onto some rather shallow rocks, followed by a slight turn to the right into the second, 30 ft drop. American Whitewater has a good description, as well as a couple of videos of the falls here. Anyway, we get there fairly late in the day, and our first reaction on seeing the Falls was something along the lines of "Holy shit!" We walked down to observation deck and began to scout the rapid, all the while getting more frightened. I'll be honest, I have never run anything near this big, nor this technical. It's not a very clean drop, as the lip is fairly shallow, especially at the level it was at that day. As I said before, the first drop is onto some shallow rocks, so the potential for pitoning is quite high. The second drop is pretty straight forward if you make it through the first without problem, but should you screw up on the first, it is quite likely that you will take the second drop upside down, something that is VERY likely to get you hurt pretty bad. Now, after having seen the rapid and knowing all of this, came the choice of running it. I have always been one to have confidence in my abilities, even when I probably shouldn't, so I decided to run it. Both James and Ruddy agreed to run it if I made it down without problem, and I was glad to have them on the shore should anything happen to me. So I suited up and get in my boat at the top of the Falls. A bunch of park rangers came to watch, and I wasn't about to back down in front of all of them, despite the fact that I was absolutely petrified. After a couple of minutes of gathering my courage, I shoved off and started setting up to make the line. It was at this point I ran into my first problem. Apparently the water level was JUSTat the absolute lowest runnable level for the falls, and I sure saw why. The water was so shallow that my paddle kept dinging off of rocks, and my boat kept scrapping on the bottom. This was killing all my speed, the precious speed I needed to make the boof off of the first lip to avoid pitoning. I was also drifting a bit too far left, and these together combined to make me totally flub my boof. Wow, did I piton. I hit those shallow rocks at the bottom of the first drop and it felt like I had just been nailed by a bus. I also noticed a strange numbness throughout my lower body that, I must say, I found rather disturbing. Anyway, I still had the second drop to get down and I had luckily landed right side up, so I sucked it up and did a couple of strokes to get me on line for the second drop. The second half was pretty at least; I cut cleanly into the nice, deep pool at the bottom and came up fine. I was feeling pretty good, then I looked at the end of the boat. It seemed rather, ummm, dented. The numbness was also starting to fade, and DAMN did my feet hurt. I paddled shakily over to the shore, where James was waiting with a horrified look on his face. That more than anything told me how bad I had screwed up; the only other times I have seen that look on James' face were right after I fell off a cliff and when I had gotten hypothermia from coming out in freezing water. Anyway, the upshot is that I broke a couple of bones in my foot, and dented Ruddy's boat pretty bad (mine was in Virginia, so he let me borrow his for the run). Oh well, the foot healed and we got the dent out with hairdryer. All in all, I guess I was pretty lucky to make it out with only that, and a valuable lesson in runnable water levels. I think I will wait until the water levels are up a bit more before trying it again.
Now, on to Christmas. We didn't make any creek runs at Christmas, since we were too lazy to drive up there again (I'm sure it had nothing to do with the LRC Falls run). We did, however, make some nice play runs on more local rivers. We made our first run down the Tallapoosa at optimal water levels, and Sticky Hole is AMAZING. If you are in the area and the Tallapoosa is running anything over 10,000 then definitely make a trip down. I warn you though, it is called Sticky Hole for a reason. You flip over and you don't always come out immediately; it will churn you pretty bad sometimes. The stickiness, however, makes it great for any hole move. We were linking 10 cartwheels a run no problem. It is also one of the best looping holes I have ever seen, rivaling Hungry Mother on the Gauley, where I have seen people throw absolutely insane air loops. I was doing loops in my Ace 5.1, something I didn't even know was possible for someone of my meager skill level. Smaller spud boats would be great there, since the main problem with the hole is a fairly shallow rock that you would sometimes wack when you went for an initiation. I know James was really throwing down in his S6-190. I tried getting in it, but since I weigh 200, it was pretty much like a squirt boat on me. I tended to just get eaten, or accidentally do a Mystery Move, although I did have a couple of good runs. The other river we ran was the Coosa, which was strangely running 8000, even though it was the middle of winter. It was a weird 8000 flow, however, and the Gap wasn't really sticky enough for cartwheeling, but was more of a nice breaking wave good for a couple of ends and some NICE blunts. If I was better at blunts, I'm sure it would have been great, but as it was I still managed to do some of the best I have ever done. It was a good time, even without the play of normal 8 flows.
Well, that's about all the kayaking I have done recently. Since Blacksburg has been rather cold lately (the other night it was down to -3 with a windchill around -20), we haven't been boating too much lately. Hopefully some of the snow will melt this week, though, and the river levels with go up for this weekend.
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[17 Nov 2002|02:32pm]

there was paddling at the 5-0 on the mullbery yesterday.
barry kennon was there.
i was shoked. the hole was awesome
very retentive and fun.
i will go back soon.
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