Whitewater kayaking is a high-adrenaline Olympic sport that has won a large following and demands special skills. Beginning to intermediate river runners will find it all here: selecting equipment, padling techniques, reading a river, tips from the pros, and more. Great photos complete this companion to the highly successful The Essential Sea Kayaker.
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"The next best thing to taking a class on the water."--Eugene Buchanan, Editor-in-Chief, Paddler magazine
"Thorough and well-written, it opens the door to attainable whitewater river adventures." --David Harrison, Editor-at-Large, Canoe & Kayak Magazine
"A comprehensive resource that includes concise, easy-to-read sections on everything from kayak selection and rolling techniques to river safety, advanced rodeo moves, and expeditionary kayaking. I only wish this book was available when I was learning to boat!" --Bob Gedekoh, Editor, American Whitewater
"Bennett's most nimble trick is to make whitewater kayaking accessible to the novice, playboating accessible to the accomplished paddler, and safer, smarter river stewards of us all." --Mike McLeod, Editor/Publisher, RIVER Magazine
A complete course for the whitewater kayaker--skills, equipment, and resources
A complete course in the dynamic sport of river running, this easy-to-follow manual guides you step-by-step from basic skills to advanced techniques.
Packed with detailed information and resources, The Essential Whitewater Kayaker covers equipment selection; paddling techniques; river reading; safety and rescue; playboating; surf kayaking; steep creeking; camping; exploratory paddling; racing; and much more.
Along the way, pick up tips from premier whitewater kayakers Shane Benedict, Sam Drevo, Dan Gavere, Cathy Hearn, Lars Holbek, Brandon Knapp, Jamie Simon, James Snyder, and John "Tree" Trujillo.About the Author:
Jeff Bennett is an internationally known whitewater expert and former river guide. His writing and photography have appeared in many outdoors and river running books and publications. He is a columnist for Paddler Magazine, frequent contributor to Canoe & Kayak, and author of The Complete Whitewater Rafter (Ragged Mountain Press, 1996) and A Guide to the Whitewater Rivers of Washington.
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Book Description International Marine/Ragged Mo, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11007134327X