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Review of paddling gear from CCK staff

Epic V6 Surfski Review

Interested in the new Epic V6 Surfski? Check out this video featuring Epic Expert Kenny Howell surfing it on a test run in Half Moon Bay. For a complete review of this boat by Kenny, just click on the link … Continue reading

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Jackson Karma RG Review CCK instructors Bill Vonnegut and Lily Kelsey took Jackson’s latest kayak out for a spin on our local coast. Here our some of there thoughts about the Karma “RG (Rock Garden/River Guide)” Left to right: Chris … Continue reading

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Double Trouble

Matt Palmariello Tandem paddling is dynamic, fast and fun.  It’s an awesome way to spend time on the water with friends & family.  For the less experienced, it can be a wonderful tool to help build technique and a way … Continue reading

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California Spring in the Jackson Zen

The Jackson Zen 65 has made my spring here in the California Sierras.  Every day I have spent in this boat, I have found happiness.  I started kayaking 16 years ago and my first boat was a Wave Sport Lazer, … Continue reading

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Boat Primer #3 – Whitewater Kayaks

True whitewater boats are quite different from recreational or sea kayaks. They have a very different purpose – to avoid obstacles instead of covering distance. As such, they turn easily but are hard to make go straight. And while you … Continue reading

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Boat Primer #3 – Sea Kayaks

First off, paddling a boat on the ocean doesn’t make it a sea kayak. A sea kayak is determined by what a boat is capable of, regardless of the location it’s paddled. Sea kayaks are designed to handle rough waters, … Continue reading

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Jackson Zen Kayak Review

by Bryant Burkhardt The Zen is the new river runner from the great people at Jackson Kayaks. It is a moderate volume boat that comes in three different sizes (55,65,75), with a planing hull and relatively soft edges. It is … Continue reading

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