Kayaking and canoeing may look similar, but these two are not the same. A canoe has one blade attached to its paddle and wide space in the middle. Unlike a boat, a kayak is built in such a way that there is enough room enclosed for just one person to sit. Two blades are attached to each paddle to enhance more speed. Also, the kayak is constructed so that it rests deeper and stabilizes better in water than the ordinary canoe. There are many styles associated with kayaking, and you will find some of them here. Kayaking is ranked first among the Ozaki 8 ordeals, and there is no doubt that it has dangerous and risky sides to it, which is why, though popular, it is termed an extreme sport.
The practice of kayak has been for decades and originated from the Inuit, Aleut and Yup’ik areas now known as Northern Canada. The kayak was used for hunting purposes and is a part of the history of North America. Today, the kayak has become a recreation sport played from time to time. Mentioned below are some of the kayaking styles.
This style does not involve speed or any competition. It is used for fishing or taking photographs. The kayak is paddled slowly to enhance enjoyment. However, kayaks used for recreation are more comprehensive than the regular kayak so that they can serve their purpose better.
Sea kayaking is usually designed to involve the participation of more than one person. Sometimes, an inbuilt room is attached to contain sports gears. Sea kayak may not encourage easy maneuvering like in river kayak; however, it can last longer on the sea without fear of danger.
This style is used to ride on waves, and such kayaks are specially designed for the purpose. With a length shorter than the conventional surfboard, the sport is categorized as International Class or High Performance. It is popular in areas like Tofino, which is usually visited by surfers. There is a difference between surf kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks. While a paddler sit is the enclosure of the kayak in the latter, one has to stand and paddle on surf kayak just like a paddle board.
The kayak is suited for fast-moving water, and it is where kayaking starts getting more exciting. The length of the kayak is between 4 to 10 feet long and used in extreme sports. The record set by Tyler Bradt during the Palouse Fall in 2013 was in whitewater kayaking. Other paddlers known for their whitewater skills include Ben Marr, Evan Garcia, Rafa Ortiz and many others. The scope of this style is so wide that sub-styles such as creeking and slalom come under it.
Drainage Ditch Kayaking
This type is extreme and involves paddling into and through a ditch just like Creekboating. However, it is rarely sponsored or patronized due to its apparent dangers. It was probably invented or modified by Ben Marr and Rush Sturge sometime in 2014.