ScottBPersonally I have always found everybody in the community super supportive when welcoming new people, maybe look for clubs or facebook groups to try and connect with people and if you have never kayaked before look for places where somebody could teach you how to roll because once you have that down and you stop swimming it makes finding friends a lot easier.
HAHA so true, nobody wants to boat with someone they have to pull outta the water every third rapid.
Maybe look for a local manmade play park or a popular park and play rapid that is crowded, pull into the eddy and start talking.
My buddy used to always have good luck just showing up at the put in and chatting it up until he found a group willing to take on a newish paddler.
Or you could always hit up some bars at the local town surrounding the put in or take out. Best odds are at the bar with the most cars with kayaks on top ha. Most whitewater towns have a bar or two where most of the paddlers go after the day is over.
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