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What I Want for Christmas: a BURN

(it's a kayak designed for running creeks)

Great review of the boat by Leland Davis, here:
http://www.brushymountainpublishing.com/rivergypsies/burn2010/index.html

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lynnivere
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
oh ya
liveonearth
Apr. 1st, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
ya ya YA!!! Did you check out the review? GREAT pix of some buddies running rivers in TN and NC.
lynnivere
Apr. 2nd, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Ya, his review makes me feel like an expert, like I'm there. Wow. Oh.. & I LOVE the pic of that girl catchin' allll that air! A W E S O M E
liveonearth
Apr. 2nd, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Have you done any whitewater boatin' yet? Cause if you haven't, you better be careful, you might get addicted. Also, secret don't tell anybody: women have several natural advantages in whitewater kayaking including our lower center of gravity, tendency to use finness instead of brute force, and well, brains, or common sense, it helps too.
lynnivere
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
I've not been in the whitewaters YET. But I've wanted to since I first saw the solo kayaks, even making sure to watch televised races over the years. It looks so exiting every time. I can totally imagine the thrill & challenge!

As a matter of synchronicity.. at lunch yesterday, an old friend asked me if I wantd to make plans to go whitewater kayaking this summer. I squeeled!! YES! We've not chosen a location yet but there's definitely no whitewater here in East Texas. *laughs* We plan to travel as a group. Any advice is much appreciated!!
liveonearth
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Cool! Well if you've never been, probably the best thing is to go where they'll set you up with gear, teach you a thing or two, and watch over you. It isn't as easy as it looks, especially at the beginning. Even athletes and gymnasts have to work to learn it, so brace yourself to be a true beginner again!

I do have 2 suggestions for places to go for classes:

Otter Bar Lodge Kayak School
out in the boonies of northern California
totally organic off the grid awesome lodge
AND great instructors
AND a gorgeous river out the back door
http://www.otterbar.com/

also my alma mater
Nantahala Outdoor Center
cabins on the hill in North Carolina
great instruction, polished system
Appalachian trail and a lovely river out the back door
http://www.noc.com/noccom/outdoor-school/whitewater-kayaking-courses/

Here's a good list of some other schools. I don't know much about any of them:
http://www.paddling.net/schools/2.html
lynnivere
Apr. 6th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Exellent info! Thanks for the linkage. *excited*
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