Author: Jason Alamo
Published: June 10, 2019
So you are contemplating purchasing a new kayak eh?!!!! That is AWESOME! I am so excited to be the first person to welcome you to the kayaking community. However, finding the right kayak is like shopping for a new pair of shoes.
First of all: What interests you in kayaking? Are you looking for exercise, are you wanting to get out and explore, take photos, fish, camp or just find some peace after a grueling day at work? I ask this because there are different types of kayaks. You have sit in kayaks, sit on top kayaks, touring kayaks, white water kayaks, fishing kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Deciding on what type of recreation you are interested in is going to help you define what type of kayak is suitable for your pursuits.
How often do you think you are going to use your kayak? If you are unsure if you are going to enjoy kayaking or don’t think you are going to get on the water much. I would recommend trying a rental first or borrowing one from a friend. With rentals like Outdoor Augusta available, there is no need to dive head first into a major purchase. Andy and Amy our friends at Outdoor Augusta will be more than happy to get you out on the water for the day! Outdoor Augusta is located at Riverside Park on Bettys Branch in Evans. They offer friendly conversation, kayaks, paddle boards, canoe rentals, and even host amazing events like yoga on the water, midnight paddles, and good ole Georgia island bbq’s.
Once you have figured out the answer to these first two questions, you will be able to narrow your search and begin looking at kayaks that are designed for your specific interests. Stand up paddle boards are great for a full body workout or floating yoga. Touring Kayaks will hold all of your camping gear and carry you across large bodies with ease. Fishing kayaks will ensure a comfortable day on the water and provide you with stability and plenty of storage. Purchasing the right kayak will give you years of happiness and comfort. The wrong kayak will be, well….a pain in the butt.
Please be sure to follow my blogs on thenewcomersguide.com about kayak fishing, kayaking and camping around the CSRA. You can also follow my adventures throughout Georgia on youtube@ Bassholes kayak fishing or at www.bassholeskayakfishing.com
It’s a great big world!
Get out there!