So this year one of my "New Year" resolutions is to buy a kayak. I have been twice and I absolutely love it. I am not into the white water kind of kayaking but cruising along a lake. I thought I would put out this blog to anyone who has experience and can share stories or tips or whatever about kayaking. I found a kayak kit recently at my local Costco. It comes with a roof mount thing (it actually looks like a couple of blocks that you would attach to your roof rack), a oaddle, and of course the kayak itself. It is an Equinox(?) I am not familiar with brands of Kayaks so forgive me One of my questions is how long should a paddle be for a short person or does it not matter? I am 5'2". Thanks again!
Life is too short not to waddle......
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Hi Kerry, you might have already found your answer, but here is a good article on it: http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/kayak+paddle.html There are a few factors that go into selecting the right kind of paddle for you, and I'd recommend trying out a few different lengths/types if possible before committing to a purchase. Your technique and style has as much to do with choosing the right paddle as your height and torso dimensions.
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Kayaking is all about using the ENTIRE body, not just arms
Best advice, illustration, on the internet with a cut-away-view of kayak interior showing how LEGS start to propel kayak