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Re: freestyle kayak on the ocean?

It's a long story how I got into whitewater from dedicated Greenland, but learning to use/roll with ww paddle were very hard for me, and I also had a very hard time learning to surf/play standing waves. The more you do it the more similar they are, but it was a big learning curve for me at first.

Polo is off limits at our pool sessions because of the venue. I don't know that I have the time anyway. We only get 2 hours a week- that's barely enough time to get in all of the stuff I want/need to practice.

I like that the RPM is so easy to roll, and I like how amazingly well it surfs green waves. It will sit there forever. But it's too long for a lot of good play spots, the stern takes some getting used to (especially compared to my All-Star), and it doesn't turn as well as modern playboats. That doesn't mean it's bad- it's back in production again because it's so popular. I paddled on a creek last spring and actually lost track of how many RPMs I saw. I have no idea how they would handle waves at the beach. If you try it you'll have to let me know.

I have 5 kayaks.