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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Apple Press (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845432967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845432966
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Mattos has written numerous books and hundreds of magazine articles, mostly on outdoor sport and other adventure related matters. He is well known as an expert kayaker, canoeist and SUPer, slowly fulfilling an ambition to paddle on every continent and in every ocean. He's competed in a wide variety of disciplines, including to World Championship level in Kayak Freestyle and Pilot Gig Racing, has won National and Eurocup events including several times the prestigious Bitches Rodeo in Wales, and has surfed the fearsome Teahupo'o wave in French Polynesia, which had never before been ridden by kayakers. Bill has worked as an engineer, rigger, designer, stuntman, actor, model, company director, photographer and videographer, all providing varied input and inspiration for his first love of writing. His kayaking books have been consistently among the bestselling on Amazon, with his Kayaking Handbook hitting the #1 spot on more than one occasion. Bill currently lives in the French Alps where he can be found on the water almost every day, albeit often of the frozen variety. For more information check out billmattos.com

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About the Author

Bill Mattos has kayaked all over the world and competed in a variety of disciplines, including freestyle kayaking to World Championship level as a member of the 1995 and 1997 Great Britain Freestyle Team. He now runs a successful company manufacturing kayaking equipment.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nick England on 31 Aug 2010
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Important to note the book also covers Canoes (Open tops) too.

This book was exactly what I needed to guide me through the kayak learning process. It begins with equipment an clothing basics, providing good information on how to select what's right for you. It thenproceeds step by step through other basics of kayak ownership, different paddle strokes, rolls, safety and rescues. Excellent photographs illustrate everything perfectly

This book ought to be text book for anyone taking their One star BCU Kayak course - it covers it all and its is interesting to read too.

I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who's considering buying a kayak or just starting out with one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Louise Hannigan on 8 July 2010
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Why am I sitting here typing into the computer, when I could be out kayaking ???
Loved the book, very clearly explained, comprehensive, good illustrations and photos.
Totally inspiring ! Makes you want to head out to the nearest stretch of water !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kayakpilot on 28 May 2010
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The book is well written with good illustrations and pictures.
I was not expecting stuff on open canoes in the book though, the title leads you to believe it is kayaks we are dealing with. A bit more meat in the technique sections would be good.
It is a good enough read for someone totally new to the sport and will give them the basics.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Briffa on 16 Sep 2010
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The book sets out to explain in text and pictures exactly what you need to know, and how to do it.
It is excellently written and illustrated.
A very good intro, to a great sport or pastime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stuart on 3 May 2013
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Having had 1 lesson and buying my first kayak, I found this book covered all the areas in my lesson, which is great to have at hand to read just to keep it in your head.
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Don't get caught out like me by judging this book by its cover !

This is a nice little book in hard back. Its content & photograph instruction is clear & exactly what I was after. Excellent, I can't fault it.
However, What does grate me is that this book is in disguise & is already out there cheaper. If you are after its content for instruction then get Kayaking and Canoeing for Beginners by Bill Mattos. It is the EXACT same book only with a different cover & title, is softback, bigger but more importantly half the price.

I unfortunately have two books the same because Amazon did not highlight the fact that this is one & the same book with a name change & cover change.

Happy Paddling everyone, Boon.
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