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Comment by Colin on March 31, 2009 at 11:19am
Thanks guys - actually that sounds like a good vacation idea - I was wondering what I was going to do this year with my PTO, and as long as it's not insanely expensive, current adventures sounds like a safe bet.

Also another question - I have a "recreational" kayak - not very pliable in strong currents, surf, or in san francisco bay (although I have muscled through some gnarly slough currents, which is fun) - do you think it's possible to get a whitewater kayak for under $400?
Comment by Matthew Geyer on March 31, 2009 at 9:13am
Taking a class is the best / safest way to go about learning the ins and outs of whitewater, but far as getting excited about places to go, I must give "Paddling Northern California" by Charles Pike the big plug - got this book a few months ago - found it cheap at Amazon - and have re-discovered my home state in a way only a paddler knows. If one lives in the SF area then this is for sure the book to own when it comes down to where to paddle.
Comment by Geoff Jennings on March 31, 2009 at 7:31am

I'd suggest starting with a class. It's worth the money when starting to learn kayaking. Current Adventures is an awesome school located on the SF American river, east of Sacramento. I've worked for a number of instructional programs, including Current Adventures, and they are absolutely top notch. In the interest of full disclosure, they do help sponsor this site, as the owner Dan is a big proponent of building paddling communities, but I can 100% honestly say that I'd be recommending them anyway.

Once you've taken a course or two, check out Gold Country Paddlers. They are a very active paddling club in Northern CA, with good support for people starting.

Comment by Colin on March 30, 2009 at 8:57pm
I live on the san francisco peninsula..........would love to run some rivers up here in northern or central california. I am probably considered a novice and need to start out on smaller class 2 or 2 1/2 water. Any suggestions? I'm pretty much down for anything in the 4-hour radius from my location.
Comment by Matthew Geyer on February 10, 2009 at 7:34am
Okay River Running group, I live on the Central Coast of CA, where do I go to run a nearby river? Prolly not ready to huck the teacups of Kern River quite yet but would like something more than a sleepy blue water float. Open to ideas.

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