New to paddle sports? Which will you choose? Canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards? Which one will work best for you? What if you make the wrong choice? Yes, figuring out what to choose can be overwhelming. When you are starting out with a paddling sport, you naturally want to pick what is best for you. This blog helps you decide the best first move when you have no clue where to start.  

Ask Yourself Basic Questions

It’s important to ask yourself  general questions to figure out which path you want to take. Are you interested in kayak fishing or purely recreational paddling? Do you want to try whitewater paddling? Will you paddle in a lake, river, ocean or all three? Asking these simple questions will help narrow down your choices.

The Internet is Your Friend

Whether you want to try out kayak fishing, whitewater kayaking, recreational paddling or paddle boarding, blogs and YouTube videos (PaddleVA's YouTube channel, for example) have you covered. Yes, it is important to take other people’s advice with a grain of salt. Being outdoors and adventurous is about discovering yourself, and what you do or don’t enjoy. However, blogs and YouTube videos can help you narrow down your choices even further.

By typing keywords into a search engine, you can find any outdoor adventure store’s website where you can start researching different brands and types of boats. Appomattox River Company is a great place to start ( On our website, you can find everything you need in one place: blogs, videos, boats and anything else you might need.

The Pay-off

Why should you start paddling to begin with? Because paddling is therapeutic, and it can help you unwind at the end of a long day. There is nothing like being outside on the water while watching the sunset. There is something about the sound of the water caressing your boat, and the feeling of the sun on your face. The experience is unlike anything else in this world.

In the end, paddling is about getting outside and having fun; no part of your paddling journey needs to be stressful. Now, it’s your turn. Appomattox River Company’s website,, is a great place to start. This website will be your best friend: blogs, videos, boats and accessories are all in the same place. Plus, if you have any further questions, you will find the company’s phone number on the website. If you give us a call at 800-442-4837,  you will be in touch with a representative who can help you out. So what are you waiting for? There is a world of paddling adventure waiting for you. Happy paddling.