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  Quote Matt Haverly Replybullet Posted: 03 Nov 2015 at 2:59pm
Cool - I just joined this site and am very new kayaker. The Skykomish runs right through the town I live - Sultan. I just bought a Pyranha S8 play boat, and have done my first 10 or so rolls. Just got a drysuit and am finally outfitted to start paddling in the river. Have been hitting a few pool sessions mostly since I got the boat a few weeks ago. A lady I am borrowing a paddle from told me about the site so just checking it out.

Hopefully I will see you on the river soon! :)
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  Quote Nick Replybullet Posted: 03 Nov 2015 at 6:00pm
Hey Matt-

    I'm stacked w/ work this week but I can help you out in the near future. I live in Snoho and can dawn patrol the lower Sky w/ you sometime. Shoot me your digits yo! 425 359 8469
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  Quote Jimmy Replybullet Posted: 04 Nov 2015 at 8:46am
I am going to start taking my son to pool sessions when I get back in town.  We live off of Old Owen, we could car pool maybe.
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  Quote mikefromTX Replybullet Posted: 04 Nov 2015 at 9:02am
How old is your son? I have an 11 year old who's a solid class 3 boater and I'm always looking for other youth for him to boat with.
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  Quote Matt Haverly Replybullet Posted: 04 Nov 2015 at 9:32am
Awesome!
I do not have cel phone at the moment but my email is matthaverlymobile@gmail.com. Had a SUPER GOOD pool session last night - I am stoked. Practiced rolls all night and never did have to wet exit, and kept the paddle closer to the surface. Almost getting over the hump with rolls.
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  Quote Jimmy Replybullet Posted: 04 Nov 2015 at 1:49pm
Mine is 11 but is just starting to want to learn to roll.  He has been down some rivers but really easy stuff.
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  Quote mikefromTX Replybullet Posted: 04 Nov 2015 at 6:07pm
Let me know if you want to take him out! I'm sure my son wouldn't mind running some easier stuff if he gets to boat with another kiddo!
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  Quote Jimmy Replybullet Posted: 04 Nov 2015 at 9:12pm
Shoot me a PM and give me your email.  
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  Quote Slackkinhard Replybullet Posted: 07 Nov 2015 at 6:55am
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  Quote Matt Haverly Replybullet Posted: 29 Nov 2015 at 6:10pm
It has been awesome paddling with Jimmy Nipper! I just started whitewater paddling and he helped me learn some strokes and get down my first class II+ with no swims.   Very patient and friendly guy and great family of paddlers.   
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  Quote ConradLilleness Replybullet Posted: 03 Dec 2015 at 9:29am
Hey Everybody!

New to PP and the community!
I go to school in Utah but am from WA and will be moving back to Seattle in 10 days and need some friends to paddle with. I've paddled class IV but would prefer to stick with class III for the winter.

Does anyone boat year round here? If so, how would you guys recommend getting in touch with them or just the community in general?

Thanks!
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  Quote Nick Replybullet Posted: 03 Dec 2015 at 10:06am
Welcome back to the neighborhood! Just throw a class 3 boating post up when your local and there's plenty of people that paddle year round. 😀🚣🍻
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  Quote megspk Replybullet Posted: 03 Dec 2015 at 3:07pm
There are also some cool Facebook forums if you are online....check out Seattle White Water Kayaking, Peninsula Dirtbag Kayaker Wannabees, and PDX Kayaker if you have friends or want to make friends in Portland :)
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  Quote megspk Replybullet Posted: 03 Dec 2015 at 3:09pm
Don't get me wrong though, Prof Paddle is awesome! I met all of my kayaking friends on here!
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  Quote ConradLilleness Replybullet Posted: 07 Dec 2015 at 12:52pm
Thank you,

I joined both last week but have yet to be approved -_-

Hope to see you out there soon!
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  Quote kyleb2 Replybullet Posted: 12 Dec 2015 at 10:02am
Hi all.

I just moved back to Seattle and am looking to get in a good winter season of boating and see some new rivers. I'm comfortable on class 3-4 and will get on harder runs if I've been in my boat a lot recently.  Unfortunately I'm only able to kayak weekends. Shoot me a PM if you are headed out and don't mind having one more person come along, I'm happy to paddle anything.
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  Quote RPMMAX Replybullet Posted: 12 Dec 2015 at 8:06pm
HI

We are paddling the Middle Sauk tomorrow Sunday.
We are meeting at the IGA in Darrington at
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  Quote Bmahood Replybullet Posted: 06 Jun 2016 at 9:11pm
Is this list still valid? Just moved to Olympia from the East Coast and hoping to learn more about the rivers and to get out and paddle. My wife and I would love to be able to contact boaters to either get out on the rivers or chat about them
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  Quote megspk Replybullet Posted: 06 Jun 2016 at 9:18pm
It is, it is! Just sometimes not a lot of action. I'll send you a PM :)
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  Quote nlasalle Replybullet Posted: 28 Sep 2016 at 1:33pm
Hi PP,

I'm a new paddler, have all the gear including a drysuit. Working on my roll right now. Looking to get out on the river with more experienced boaters. Have run the Klickitat once and done a couple pool/lake sessions.   

I live in Anacortes and can definitely travel south to get out on the water. Also have two friends who I am learning with who are at the same skill level if someone doesn't mind helping out a small group.

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  Quote paddlemonster Replybullet Posted: 29 Sep 2016 at 12:45pm
nlasalle

I live all the way down in Kirkland. Happy to help out and go down some easy runs if you are willing to travel down to the area. Typically Powerhouse on the Snoqualmie is a good place to start for new paddlers. There is also a thu night pool session in Marysville to help work on that roll. PM me if you want contact info.
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  Quote Ashman Replybullet Posted: 30 Sep 2016 at 3:39pm
Hi, Ash here, I live in west seattle and am always down for class II+ - III and below runs, I only have about 20 river days in the boat, have managed to roll 4 times in a row, after 100s of failed attempts. My favorite runs are the skykomish from split rock to big eddy, and powerstation to plums boat launch on the sky, and skagit from newhalem to s-turns. Pm me for contact info I'm down to paddle with anyone that wants to get in the water.
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  Quote megspk Replybullet Posted: 30 Sep 2016 at 8:00pm
There's an evening Powerhouse sesh tomorrow (saturday) if you're interested. It's a very short class 2 with a fun little surf spot. PM me :)
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  Quote Bmahood Replybullet Posted: 30 Sep 2016 at 8:05pm
Megan,

Not sure what time you are headed to the powerhouse tomorrow. Sara and I are planning on being there tomorrow afternoon. Hoping to pick up a play boat tomorrow and try it out. Let us know what time you are going to be there.
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  Quote paddlemonster Replybullet Posted: 30 Sep 2016 at 8:50pm
Party at the powerhouse. We will be there at 11am if anyone wants to join.
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