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francene
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Location: Bellingham,WA

Paddle recommendations

Post by francene » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:45 pm

Hello,
Just bought a used AF 10.5' kayak, '05 model. I'm looking for an inexpensive, lightweight paddle for recreational paddling. I'm 5'2", 108lbs.
What do paddlers recommend?

This is an interesting site. :D

Thanks,
Fran

feldmarshal1
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paddle size

Post by feldmarshal1 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:58 am

Greetings, I used to live in Puyallup, some days I miss it.
With regards to paddles the K-mart has some that run in the high 20's that are really worth the money. My youngest daughter uses one and it works great for her. You might have to adjust your size/length due to the wider sides that the AFs have vs a hard shell kayak. I use a 240 cm Bending Branches which I got from REI, I think it's just great for the AFs. Look into a shorter BB maybe 220 CM for your size. It's good reason to go to the main REI store in seattle.

feldmarshal1

francene
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Paddle choice

Post by francene » Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:04 pm

Thanks for the reply, feldmarshal. I found an Airhead Performance paddle online and oreded it, after going to a local Backcountry Outfitters store. That store had pretty expensive lightweight paddles, and 1 used one that was heavy. After checking around online, I decided to order the Airhead.
It seemed to have good features and was not expensive and was light.

Thanks,
Fran

P.S. Where do you live now?

feldmarshal1
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Glad for paddle

Post by feldmarshal1 » Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:21 pm

Glad you found a paddle you like. I finally got around to looking at the one I got from Kmart and it was a "SEASENSE", I use it as a backup and it did not cost over 30.
Now I live in the Southeast, Just out of Columbus Georgia, on the Alabama side in SMITHS STATION. I Paddle the Chattahoohochee and Coosa rivers plus the Gulf Coast. No tides like Puget Sound, But it's alot warmer.

Feldmarshal

francene
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Airhead Performance Paddle Very Good!

Post by francene » Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:46 pm

Finally tired out this paddle with my AE1002 10.5 ft. Excellent paddle, lightweight and kept me going for a couple of hours. I'm a 5'2 lightweight female, so that's saying alot.

Got the paddle at Walmart online for about $24. Had it sent to store.

Happy Paddling!
Fran

feldmarshal1
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Glad

Post by feldmarshal1 » Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:35 am

Glad you finally got to try it out. I makes alot of difference I've found when having the wrong paddle. The right one will make you want to go farther.
So now tell where you paddled! The Columbia, Green, Puyallup, nisqually or the Sound? Maybe an Orca or sealion swim with you?
DO tell - it's part of the fun of doing it.

Feldmarshal1

francene
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First Paddle

Post by francene » Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:20 pm

I took the kayak to Lake Whatcom, which is a large lake in Bellingham and it's primary drinking supply. The lake is only about a mile from my house. I hope to also use it on Lake Padden, a way smaller body of water that is part of a local park, and no houses are on it. I am looking for mild upper body exercise in a quiet location.

Fran :?

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