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Kayak - the New Frontier

The Animated Manual of Intermediate and Advanced Whitewater Technique

By William Nealy

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Format: Paperback / softback, 168 pages, 2nd Edition
Other Information: hundreds of b&w hand drawn diagrams & pics
Published In: United States, 18 September 2007
This is the 2007, second edition of William Nealy's cult manual of intermediate and advanced whitewater techniques - "Kayak, the New Frontier". Carefully crafted to reflect the latest in paddling technology, William Nealy's classic, illustrated kayaking-skills manual remains dead-on hilarious.In Nealy's day, hardcore hippie hairboaters sucked air in block-long Dancers...but that was then. Today, insane youngsters steer tiny plastic boats down steep creeks with more rocks than water, and surf spinning holes and standing waves for hours without ever leaving site of their beat-up Subaru. Although shorter hair and more frequent bathing will never threaten the soundness of Nealy's illustrated techniques, equipment evolution - especially boats - has created new dynamics between moving water and modern-day paddlers. Professionally updated to reflect the latest technology, "Kayak" is back and more useful and entertaining than ever. You may break a rib laughing, but with Nealy holding your hand you'll look pretty cool doing it. The publisher confidently claims that this, the best-selling how-to-kayak manual in the world.

About the Author

A world famous cartoonist, called the "Poet Laureate" of the whitewater community, William Nealy became a cult figure in the world of outdoor sports with his combination of instruction and artful caricatures in his paddling and mountain biking manuals. Nealy died in 2001. As an instructor, Nealy's strength lay in his ability to convey in simple terms the often counter-intuitive techniques of adventure sports. Nealy was arguably the best-known ambassador of his sport, entertaining and instructing hundreds of thousands of paddlers through his illustrated books. The success of the first edition of Kayak as an instruction manual hinged squarely on Nealy's ability to convey himself personally to the reader. It is all too obvious that each of the mishaps that befall the illustrated characters populating each of his books happened, in reality, to Nealy himself. That self-effacement, while hilarious, also embodied empathy for the reader and for the mishaps that were sure to befall him as he bounced his or her way down the steep learning curve of the sport. In short, each reader of Kayak, as well as Inline (an inline skating manual) and Mountain Bike, grew to trust Nealy as a teacher because he felt he knew William as a friend.

EAN: 9780897325899
ISBN: 0897325893
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press Inc.,U.S.
Dimensions: 25.2 x 18.14 x 1.09 centimetres (0.41 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Linda Sorensen on
Nealy's book is still the bible of whitewater kayaking. This new, updated version hasn't lost any of the great information contained in the original. The drawings have been updated to reflect the trend toward shorter playboats and more streamlined gear. The chapter on River Signals has been shortened (sensibly, as these are regional and need to be sorted with each group anyway). The "riverese" glossary in the back has been expanded. Otherwise, the content is unchanged.

Nealy was a master of the crash and burn school of extreme sports knowledge, and he uses that experience to help the rest of us try to avoid some of his mistakes. There are amazing chapters in here on hydrotopography, boofing, river safety and rescue, and general technique that no paddler beyond their first year of paddling should be without.

Bottom line: if you whitewater kayak and have not purchased this book, you are missing out on a lot of great information (and tons of side-splitting humorous artwork as well). Buy it. Get your friends to buy it. You won't regret it.

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