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  1. SWriverstone

    Anyone paddle in a wetsuit?

    Looking to extend my paddling to year-round, I've been pondering whether to buy a wetsuit or drysuit. This might seem like a a "duh" kind of question, but I honestly don't know—does anyone paddle in a wetsuit? What I'm really wondering about wetsuits (having almost no experience with them) is...
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    Seeking input on a new paddle...

    Hi All: I'm a longtime user of a Werner Camano straight-shaft paddle (230cm). I'm a very fit, strong paddler (I paddle several times a week for fitness), and generally paddle at a high angle. The Camano is intended as a low-angle paddle, but I've found it doesn't slow me down at all using it at...
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    How likely are whales to overturn you in a kayak?

    So while paddling off the Oregon Coast yesterday, I had my first semi-close encounter with a whale. I've seen them farther away, but in this case, I was startled when a gray whale (likely one of our resident whales who live off the central Oregon coast year-round) surfaced about 50 feet away...
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    Pain or discomfort in the hip area?

    Hi All: While doing an 8-mile, 2-hour paddle yesterday off the Oregon Coast, I noticed some muscular pain/discomfort in the area of my hips. It's not deep down (e.g. not a skeletal issue), more closer to the surface (indicating a muscular issue). It wasn't agonizing but definitely significant...
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    Crossing from the San Juans to Canadian islands?

    I'm wondering about paddling from the San Juans over to the Canadian islands (like Pender Island, or Galiano, or others in that area). Does anyone do this? Or is it considered madness to paddle across Haro Strait? Seems like (aside from tidal considerations) distance-wise it's not far from...
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    Wondering about paddling technique versus speed...

    Hi All: I've been wondering a lot lately about paddling technique—not in terms of movement of the paddle and body (that's a whole 'nother topic), but in terms of stroke rate versus speed. Bear with me here... I haven't done any back-to-back tests (and need to), but regardless of my stroke rate...
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    One last basic question: Pros and Cons of Plastic and Composite?

    I know, I'm on a roll with pot-stirring basic questions. :) (It's because I've found this great forum with a wealth of experienced paddlers!) My current boat is plastic; I've been happy with it, and it's served me very well in the water. My only complaint (no surprise) is the weight. I can...
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    Another opinion and question about rudders...

    I know—this topic has been beaten to death (apologies). But as a relatively recent long-distance sea kayaker, I've been puzzled by the debate over rudders. For example, I recently read this article on the topic...
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    Anyone else experience "armpit chafe?"

    I'm almost embarrassed to mention this, but during the longest saltwater paddle I've done in a long time this past weekend, I experienced a somewhat painful case of "armpit chafe" in just one of my armpits. Anyone else ever have this issue? It was completely unexpected—I've never had a problem...
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    Seeking best possible San Juan Islands paddle: weekend of 6/25-27

    Hi All: I'm a strong and highly experienced paddler (who can easily paddle 15-20 miles a day); I'm also a highly experienced backpacker (so know how to pack minimally and camp in wild and undeveloped places). I've never paddled the San Juan Islands (just moved to the west coast a few years...
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