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Here’s everything you need to know to start kayaking

Canoe & Kayak, in association with Pelican Kayaks, has released the first three of five videos that will give you all of the knowledge you need to start your new kayaking hobby.

The Canoe & Kayak team captures an introductory kayak adventure in the golden Pacific backwaters of coastal Southern California to spell out everything a first-time paddler needs to know in order to launch a flatwater paddling trip of his or her own.

The series covers all the questions you’re afraid to ask an expert but really need to know, beginning with what kind of vessel to even buy.

Episode 1 tackles that fundamental question for intrepid beginner touring kayakers by explaining whether they should be looking for a sit-on-top or a sit-inside kayak.

Episode 2 covers all the basics of getting your kayak onto your car, including information on how to use roof racks, cam straps, ropes and rack accessories like kayak stackers and J-cradles to strap it down securely.

Episode 3 covers all the basics of unloading your kayak, footwear choices, stashing gear, and information on safely entering and comfortably launching your single or double kayak.

You can watch all of the videos of the Pelican Kayak “Need to Know” series at Canoe & Kayak.