Originally Posted by mauimichele
thank you! do you recommend taking any lessons first?
I did not take any lessons first, but I did go to a demo day put on by a local kayak
shop and spent maybe 10 minutes on one before I bought mine. I would suggest you try and find a demo day but am not sure lessons are necessary. Just remember to start out on a nice calm warm day and stay within your limits.
I am in the FL Keys and enjoy my SUP, but find it somewhat limited. I have a Sea Eagle inflatable
and am very happy with it. It has several D rings so I can attach a seat and cargo nets to carry goodies. I can stand up and paddle as well as sitting down which is nice going up wind
in waves. Going down wind
standing up your body can act like a sail. On clam spring fed rivers in NW Florida
it is a real treat to stand up and get a better view of the bottom.
Here is a pix of me on the St. Marks river. Notice I am using what is called a Greenland
paddle. I am a big fan of that type of paddle, not only for kayaks but also for a SUP. It is easy to make your own Greenland
paddle, just do a web search.
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