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Complete Folding Kayaker, Second Edition Paperback – February 27, 2003
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Diaz's guide is sensibly divided into three parts, corresponding to the preliminaries, acquiring knowledge and skill, and actual practice and use. Besides all phases of kayak operation, Diaz discusses taking a folding kayak through customs, and considers such operational details as how to distribute equipment in the boat for best operation. He also includes a look at the history of sea kayaking, all the technical tips the novice kayaker is apt to need, tips for where and how to enjoy the freedom and excitement of kayaking, and even a bibliography, which is rare for a recreation book. Libraries with collections on either individual sports or water sports would do well to add this handy, clear, and entertaining guide. Mike Tribby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Ralph Diaz is still the best connected person in the industry, and the best source of information on folding boats." Michael Edelman An Introduction and Guide to the World of Folding Kayaks (2001) www.foldingkayaks.org
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guide to buying and using a folding kayak.
A guide like this is especially useful because
the market is quite diverse and it's almost
impossible to test-paddle allthe brands that
Especially important is Diaz' summary of the
two main reasons for choosing a folding
kayak. The first and most obvious is portability.
You can, indeed, take it with you-even on an
airplane. This means that any trip has the
potential to become a kayaking vacation.
The second advantage of folders-and one that's
not often mentioned is their flexibility.
Like the original Inuit skin-on-frame boats.
a folder flexes in the sea. This makes for a
softer, less-punishing ride and reduces
fatigue. There is also a pleasant sense of
place that goes along with a flexible boat,
a sense of being on the water instead of
being on an amusement park ride.
So: buy this book to get a good sense of why
folding boats are worthwhile and study it
to find out which one is best for you.
If you have the slightest interest in folding kayaks, you certainly owe it to yourself to buy a copy of this book. And if you already own the first edition, you should absolutely get this one as well, for all the new material Ralph has included. It's still the bible of the sport.
Instead, the book does a thorough job of detailing a number of presently available commercial offerings. If one wants a review of a commercially available folding kayaks, then this book will serve that purpose.
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