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    May 08, 2014 9:41 PM GMT
    hi guys. am new to this site, and am pleased to see that there is a forum for kayakers here.

    i'm a bit of a global nomad, and have been fortunate to kayak in some of the coolest places.

    so i am putting this up to see if there are any good guys out there who are keen to travel and paddle...
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    May 12, 2014 11:59 PM GMT
    What type of kayaking? Flat water? Whitewater? Ocean? Surfing?
  • gr8outdoors

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    May 13, 2014 4:24 AM GMT
    Big Fan. I've kayaked in SF Bay, Chicago, FL, and Boston area.

    Looking to do more sea kayaking...so much fun. Next year I'd love to do an extended trip to Pacific NORTHWEST OR BAJA.
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    May 13, 2014 10:17 PM GMT
    friendormate saidWhat type of kayaking? Flat water? Whitewater? Ocean? Surfing?



    whitewater!

    flat water is cool when the scenery is nice and you have a joint tucked in a waterproof case.

    i have never ocean kayaked.
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    May 13, 2014 10:20 PM GMT
    gr8outdoors saidBig Fan. I've kayaked in SF Bay, Chicago, FL, and Boston area.

    Looking to do more sea kayaking...so much fun. Next year I'd love to do an extended trip to Pacific NORTHWEST OR BAJA.


    i never sea kayaked. it's a question of principle! the guys who taught me when i was younger were kinda arrogant about it.

    and there really is nothing like a river. im not talkign about killer rapids and falls, altho some r too much fun... but an average class flow, so eddies, and acrobatics.

    have not run a river in a couple of years and i have been itching.
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    May 13, 2014 10:20 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidIn Seattle, you can kayak to work!


    how quaint. life should be so easy.
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    May 13, 2014 11:22 PM GMT
    kayakolic said
    friendormate saidWhat type of kayaking? Flat water? Whitewater? Ocean? Surfing?



    whitewater!

    flat water is cool when the scenery is nice and you have a joint tucked in a waterproof case.

    i have never ocean kayaked.



    There's a small whitewater park outside Paris and another one in Pau that I visited one year in France. We have one of the largest in Charlotte where I learned. There is a famous race near Asheville NC (the green river race) every year and a Frenchman named Eric Deguil often does VERY well. I met him in Pau where he trains. He such a stud and all smiles. He's about as warm as a guy can get. He wears a pink helmet because "comme ça person ne m'oublie pas" .

    I was nuts about whitewater for the three years I lived in Charlotte but when I moved to the coast I found myself getting into waveski surfing and now I"ve added Stand Up Paddle surfing. One problem I had with whitewater was that the team I traveled with kept going for more extreme rivers with their final goal being to run the Green. I had a near death experience on the river you run before the Green and really never had desire to push it to that limit. But it was great hiking into watch the green race every year. You'll find many videos of the race on youtube. It's a good 2.5 mile round trip hike that finishes down a steep gorge to watch the race and thousands of people of all ages do it every year for this:





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    May 13, 2014 11:56 PM GMT
    friendormate:

    i googled eric deguil and am in love.

    i get what you are saying about running mad rivers. there never is a point. ropes, etc.... i get the thrill, but i dont have the abilities or the balls to go that far. im more than willing to take on a good stretch of heavy water, or go down a modest fall, but i would not risk my life.

    thanks for that clip. here's a funny one:


    http://vimeo.com/50252424
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    May 14, 2014 4:27 AM GMT


    Damn that looks suicidal and like it would hurt. I'm mean really, riding a SUP down a waterfall?

    I found the video before Eric's first Green river race. This was filmed a year before I met him in Pau. J'imagine que tu parle Français et donc peux suivre ce qu'il a dits, because I got such a kick out of hearing him talking trash in French and the English subtitles saying something completely different. Eric first appears at about a minute into the video.

    The guy, Pablo, speaking at about 4 minutes with a helmet that says Chili on it and who seemed intimidated by the rapid gorilla, made it to the Beijing olympics representing Chile. He's given me many lessons. Suzanne who ran gorilla right before this point in the video, almost made the olympics but had a bad run in the trials. You will also hear him say nice line Fergus. Fergus has given me many lessons and the last I heard manages a whitewater center in Dubai. Eric by the way finished something like first in the short, third in the long and I think he won the overall.

    Here's the video:

    http://vimeo.com/2108905

    I really miss the camaraderie of whitewater. But the logistics of the sport are complicated. You have to get everyone to agree on a certain time and then set shuttle etc..... It is so much easier to head to the beach and ride waves when a swell arrives.

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    May 14, 2014 5:12 AM GMT
    non. j'ai vu sans son :/




  • toybrian

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    May 15, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
    I tried it last year and fell in love with it..Bought myself one this year and now just waiting for nicer weather to do it. One question is do I need a life jacket?? See many guys without so just wondering..