Kayaking Manual: The essential guide to all kinds of Kayaking Hardcover – 4 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Bill Mattos has kayaked in five different decades and is slowly fulfilling an ambition to paddle on every continent and in every ocean. He has competed in a wide variety of disciplines, including to World Championship level in Kayak Freestyle and Pilot Gig Racing, and was the first kayakers to ride the fearsome Teahupo o wave in French Polynesia. The author of numerous books and hundreds magazine articles, he lives in the French Alps.
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Many of my `Ah ha' moments were as a result of taking all my BCU qualifications in white water kayaking when I first started. As I progressed into long distance open canoe racing, kayak surfing and sea kayaking I, like most paddlers, didn't bother to go back and take lessons in these disciplines. Consequently this book showed me some pretty big gaps in my knowledge as it covers them all.
The pictures on EVERY page will be very helpful for beginners and it was encouraging to see all ages, genders, shapes and sizes represented in the imagery. I hope it makes anyone and everyone feel they could give kayaking a go. There are annotated notes under each photo so even if you only look at the photos and read those you would learn heaps from this book.
It is so very readable and Bill has used lovely humour throughout. Also included are some inspiring stories about notable kayakers. I enjoyed looking each of them up online afterwards as I hadn't heard of some of them. I had intended to just skim read the book but found myself getting pulled into reading every word. Now I just have to get on with the `To Do List' I created while reading it. Number 1 on the list is outfitting my boat!
One thing that is noticeable straight away is the quality of the images in the book. The photographs are beautifully composed, with happy paddlers shot in warm locations. Here is the perfect coffee table book, ideal for leaving around to convert friends to the sport… Having been brought up on the paddling books of old, that featured black and white line drawings of bearded men with fibreglass boats, it was truly refreshing to see modern equipment featured throughout.
The Haynes Manual is an ideal introduction to the sport for beginners, but there really is something for everyone here. Time after time, I found myself agreeing with Bill, as he tackles concepts and aspects of technique that I learnt several years in to my paddling career. He manages to express his opinions without pulling any punches and often with a humorous, chatty style. A recurring theme in his writing is the idea of making informed decisions – thinking for yourself, rather than blindly following others.
The book touches on a number of subjects that I wasn’t expecting – shuttling cars before a trip, for example. As experienced paddlers, we do it without thinking, but we forget how some things are not quite so obvious at first. Likewise, his discussion of outfitting boats is the first time I’ve seen so much useful information in one place.
I found The Haynes Kayak Manual to be an interesting read that will earn its place on any paddler’s bookshelf.
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The author has researched the subject well and presented it in a format that is easy to follow whilst offering lotts of essential tips for the budding kayaker.
This manual is also a superb tool for any coach who wishes to use the text and illustrations in conjunction with formal tuition.
If you are a kayaker this modern classic is a must for your book shelf.
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