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    • There is a very active group on Facebook for this topic. I find it very valuable for tips, places to "yak" etc. However I also get flooded with ads for groups sponsoring trips in locations beyond reasonable meas.

      I hope to be able to attract like minded kayakers to this new and exciting app.

    • Congrats on thinking outside the box. In regards to ads on Facebook, I have about 12 plugins that block all ads in Facebook and I post in "Everything Kayaking" and I block anyone who either is there to self promote or post up 3rd party links. Pretty simple. But, I also am a guy that probably has blocked about 3500 people on Facebook. I keep my Facebook experience as simple as possible. I am not a fan of apps. I have 119 apps installed on my Android and they all must be critical for my day-to-day or they get unistalled. BTW, I access Facebook soley through a web browser. The Facebook app is 10x evil as far as harvesting personal information. IMHO kayaking over 55 sounds so limited. I am plenty over 55 but most or all of my social activities are with people under 50.

      Welcome to CAKE. Some good peeps here.

    • I have been thinking of taking up kayaking come spring. I plan to retire in a couple years and will need more hobbies. The only thing I'm finding negative about it is the check stations when transporting a kayak from one place to another. I understand the reasoning behind it and I hope the checks are quick and easy.

    • Another solo trip last Sunday. What started as a calm mellow paddle around Princeton/Half Moon Bay harbor turned windy and bumpy. Mavericks Beach and Sailrock (home of the famous big wave surf event) was still "mellow".

      Inland the town of Half Moon Bay readies its pumpkin fields.

    • Ladybug...what do you mean about checkstations? ~Most water locales just require you to wash your boat/kayak/raft/canoe upon leaving your last water source. Maybe the stations you have been envisioned are water stations to hose your boat down? Many states do require a water access permit. In Nevada that cost me $5 for the year and it strictly administrative; there is no boat inspection. If you are planning to take up kayaking in the spring start looking at boats in January for the best sales. Also, DON'T spend more than $300 on your 1st kayak. Get about 20-50 paddles in and by then you will have a much better idea of what you want. Dick's Sporting Goods sells the Pelican brand that is very popular for beginning paddlers. Also, if you are in a warmer climate, I would recommend a SOT (sit on top) kayak as your first because it is easy to get in and out. But, you will get wet in a SOT type.

    • Hi,

      The check stations are for boats of any type to be sure they are clean and not transporting vegetation or even some types of aqua life from one body of water to another. I live in E. WA and between the top of Lookout Pass (ID/MT border) and home yesterday I passed 4 check stations on I-90.

      If I take up kayaking I will want to take it with me when I travel to different places. I just realized I don't recall seeing check stations from MT to WI which is where I just returned from. Perhaps this is more common in this area than other places.

    • Interesting.....thanks for the link.....I hang out in this FB group and had not seen or heard anyone post up about it. I actually think it is a good idea. But, I suspect this applies only to motorized watercraft and not canoes or kayaks. I did some quick research which confirmed my thought.

      General Exemptions

      Other watercraft that do not need an AIS prevention permit to operate in Washington's waters include:

      Small watercraft (from Washington or out-of-state) that do not require state or country/province registration such as canoes and kayaks.

    • I believe original the kayaks were exempt but now the sign for the station specifically said canoes and kayaks included. That was the first time I notice that but I'm not sure that it hasn't been there for awhile and now I'm noticing it because I'm consider taking up kayaking.

      I agree that it is a good idea.

    • I am sure many people complain...but, as example there is a small lake at our local State Park and someone brought a crayfish to the lake and over a period of 10 years it was so invasive they had to drain the lake. Many people think any sort of wildlife is "cute". Not so joe. LOL

    • Resurrecting this post because I’m seriously thinking about getting into kayaking now, too. Seems like the perfect type of activity in a pandemic...

      What resources are out there that people recommend? (apps, YouTube channels, books, experts, social media groups...?)

    • I kayaked for a few years, owned a small one. Best suggestion is to do some exercises to build up the muscles that are involved: I used to work out with cables pulled at an angle to mimic the stroke movement.

      We have a lake near us where you can rent kayaks from the boathouse. That may be a good way to practice the basics before you have to deal with moving water.

      REI and other outdoors stores tend to have outings where you can go with a group and paddle with their rentals. It’s a good way to try out a model to see how it (and you) perform over a few hours.

      Have fun!—you definitely live in a great part of the country for outdoor adventures.

    • I've been kayaking in the SF Bay area for over 10 years. I had to stop distance running for several reasons and after trying a few other sports I settled on kayaking.

      There are several ways to try the sport - renting and going on a guided trip from places such as REI or CCK (Oakland, Redwood City) are highly recommended. The most valuable things they can teach you are:

      1. How not to paddle with your shoulders.

      2. How to get back into a kayak if you tip

      3. Why you'll enjoy this enough to return.

      4. Why you need to rent several different boats before you think of buying.

      The most valuable exercises are those for flexibility - especially your hips and torso (NOT your shoulders and upper body).

      There are many clubs in the SF Bay area offering a social and safe outing opportunities to one of the most endowed areas in the world (Elkhorn Slough, Ghosttown and semi-sunken WW! destroyer in the bay, beer and nachos after a 4 hour paddle - life can't get much better!

      Clubs

      westernseakayakers.org

      bask.org

    • I have taken some kayak classes over the years, I just never spent serious time on it because it takes a modicum of planning to actually go kayaking. But now... I HAVE A LOT OF TIME! 😁

      My favorite kayak memory was paddling around Mission Bay. Now I am in Utah, and I see quite a few reservoirs and lakes nearby that would be nice for kayaking excursions...

      (I checked REI to see if they do any kayaking adventures, but they have cancelled all classes and outings due to Covid.)