Kayaking is one of the most extreme sports you can try in your lifetime. Sometimes often referred to with canoeing, this activity can be done at any level you are comfortable. You can kayak down a peaceful river or test your skills down some white rapids. You can kayak on white rapids, rivers, and even ocean scenes. While some people think a canoe and a kayak are the same, they are actually different. You have much more room in a canoe and you are not required to sit in a designated area like with a kayak.
With a kayak, there are about seven different classifications including, general recreation, white water, polo, racing or sprinting, day tripping, slalom, touring and surfing. These kayaks are originally used by people in the arctic regions. In fact, some of the first kayaks are stitched together by seal skin to help the arctic people hunt on inland rivers. Surprisingly, the kayak dates back to over 4,000 years ago.
Kayaks can come in many different lengths, depending on what type of activity you are using it for. For example, a longer kayak typically means more speed which is why racing kayaks are 16 to 19 feet long. Kayaks for white water rapids are around 8 feet and are rarely found exceeding that length. Inflatable kayaks are also available but you may not want to go down some white rapids. Kayaks with pedals and stand up pedals are even an option if you want a better way to steer and propel your kayak.
The folder kayak is one of the only designs that resemble the original arctic kayak. The frame on this kayak is collapsible and can be made of plastic, metal or wood. These types of kayaks are top notch when it comes to longevity, durability and stability. In fact, some people have even claimed to use a version of the folder kayak for white water rapids and it has stood up to the challenge for many years. Kayaks come in many different shapes, sizes and uses. The activity is something you want to experience in your lifetime even if it is just by floating down a river, barely paddling. While kayaks were originally designed for hunting and transportation, they are now seen more of a recreational toy. That is unless you compete in professional kayak races and sprints.