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Catch Every Eddy Surf Every Wave
1995 261 pages Tom Foster
Everything from reading whitewater to group dynamics are covered in this whitewater paddling instructional.  Canoes, C1s and kayaks are covered, much of it without reference to the type of boat or paddle used.  Other chapters discuss specifics to each craft.  Rescue techniques and rolling is also covered in depth.  This is a comprehensive book from which everyone can learn something.
Playboating Moves & Training
2000 Eric Jackson 80 pages
Learn freestyle playboating from the man who has won more World Championships, by far, than anyone else - Eric Jackson.  This book describes the boat, paddle and body positions and discusses linking moves and composing competition routines.

 

Rolling a Kayak
2007 88 pages Ken Whiting
Ken Whiting provides a clear, concise guide to learning and perfecting the kayak roll.  Written for both whitewater and sea kayakers, this book provides novice kayakers with foundational skills and step-by-step instructions for the standard kayakrolls, such as C-to-C, Sweep, and Pawlata rolls.
  Recreational Kayaking
The Essential Skills and Safety

2007 96 pages Ken Whiting
This easy to read guide makes paddling fun and safe for both new and developing paddlers.  Choosing the right equipment, understanding important issues before hitting the water, essential strokes and paddling techniques, getting the most out of your kayak, safety on the water, and much more are covered.
The Playboater's Handbook II
2002 215 pages Ken Whiting
This handbook covers the full scope of freestyle kayaking with the help of elite freestyle paddlers including Corran Addison, Steve Fisher, Tyler Curtis, and, of course, Ken Whiting.
Squirt Boating and Beyond -
Snyder 235 pages - 2001

Written by the famous Jimi Snyder and illustrated by the late William Nealy, this is an excellent book.  Jimi's extensive squirt experience combined with Nealy's clear and entertaining drawings make this an excellent instructional book about the elite practice of squirting.  In addition to the instruction, he's included history as well as interviews with the early pioneers of this sport:  Jesse Whittemore, Jeff Snyder, Eric Lindberg, Jeff Schnelle, and Trip Kinney.
Wherever Waters Flow - A Lifelong Love Affair with Wild Rivers
2006 Doug Woodward hardcover 272 pages
From naive misadventures in a wooden canoe in the 1950's to introducing Jimmy Carter to kayaking and the wild beauty of the Chattooga;  from family adventures on remote arctic rivers, to advising and stunt work for the film, Deliverance, this book is an entertaining and well-documented collection of stories from a lifetime of paddling comradery.
Whitewater Paddling Strokes and Concepts
2000 Eric Jackson 80 pages
Former Olympian and many time World Freestyle Champion Eric Jackson teaches 13 strokes, 8 techniques, and drills to improve the skills of kayakers.

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