Paddle every boat your buddy has first, then borrow from others. Once you find a boat that works for you, buy a used one. Learning to paddle in a boat that is not a good match for you is one of the fastest ways to get discouraged and give up ( other than your significant other "teaching" you).
Wilson gives it up to creekboats, and even play boats at the right level/skill, but the Gorge shouldn't be on your radar yet. Don't rush, Wilson ain't going anywhere.