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Hi everyone need some help here! I haven't been paddling lots recently but I'm going to start a bit more frequently now. I am probably going to be paddling 3 out of 4 times on flat water and when the Olympic course opens up again in September I'll probably be paddling there once a month (on the legacy to start with and then possibly the Olympic course, I'll see how I go!). And at the moment 2 or 3 times on trips to rivers like the dee and possibly rivers like the derwent and wye if I was helping instruct, however this could change and I might start going on long day paddles on white water rivers a tiny bit more often if I join a club (maybe). I've been paddling for 10 years now (since I was 4) and have achieved my 3 star white water (and hoping to maybe to some more instructors stuff in the next few years). I now have a Pyranha Varun M but I only weigh 65kg and am 6ft 1 ish (big problem - the boat is either to small but the right volume or the right size but to big a volume which hugely restricts the play boating abilities of the boat). I was thinking of maybe getting into creeking/river running but the rivers around the Tunbridge Wells area are either flat or have small playspots (there are no big enough rivers or long enough to spend money on a full creeking machine considering I probably will not be going abroad to paddle big rivers). Before this idea I considered freestyle but I'm not totally sure it is definitely for me, however it looks fun and when I tried a bit in the jackson 2fun (which was a bit too small or could prove to be in later months) freestyle seemed okay. Freestyle seems a good option but that sort of boat could mess you around on river trips or on the Olympic course. I need a boat(s) that would be okay for play spots, white water courses, the occasional river trip to the dee or maybe something bigger but mostly for flat water at the moment, I need something fun for all of those however I'm not sure what I like - creeking or freestyle. All I have at the moment is the money I would get from from the varun, should I sell or not and if so what boat or boats should I get??
First of all - this is the private sales page - so you're probably on the wrong forum page for this. Anyway: there is no boat that does more than one thing well. That's the simple, harsh truth of it (although plenty of crossover boats will claim different). Playboating is the only way of making flat water fun - but your body shape is going to provide problems, as you say. Many paddlers get by with an armoury of two boats: an out-and-out player and a river runner. I would start off with a cheap river runner (you don't need the latest Burn - any decent river runner will do - you could pick something up for a lot less than you'll get for your secondhand Varun) - and beg and borrow different playboats until you find one you can use. They might all look like plastic clogs, but there really are great differences between the different types, some suiting hole moves better (loops and derivatives) and others better for playing on a wave.
Hi there, I have a similar issue (6'2" and 72kg) and went for an allstar (back in 09) and never looked back, have paddled several rivers in it but am now looking to get a burn or similar, as the post above suggested you might consider getting 2 boats in time, i genuinely find crossovers to be pointless as they try hard to be both.
If I were you I would keep the Varun it does most of the things you want to do. I have paddled mine on grade 4 and it was fine and it can still play the features although not gonna go big on the air it is easy to spin and cartwheeling Is possible, id say save your self some money mate.