If In Doubt, Paddle Out! Go Kayaking!
Kayaking as a hobby provides the basis for a health and fitness lifestyle. It can be relaxing. It is at times challenging. It is a fun social activity. Or it can be pursued solo. It is something you can spend a few hours enjoying. Or you can challenge yourself to an expedition of days or even weeks!
Here are some fun interesting facts about this delightful water sport.
- The name “Kayak” means “hunter’s boat” as kayaks were originally invented by the Inuit, Yup’Ik, and the Aleut for hunting.
- Paddling is a great way to enjoy our waterways and remove stress.
- Kayaking received the honor of Olympic status when it became an official Olympic sport, along with canoeing, at the summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.
- The world record for the most kayaks to ever “raft up” together is 1902 kayaks! It happened in Inlet, New York in 2011.
- The sport increases muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest, from moving the paddle.
- It can also increased torso and leg strength, as the strength to power a canoe or kayak comes mainly from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs.
- The world record for the highest waterfall drop in kayak (189 feet) is held by American extreme kayaker, Tyler Bradt. Tyler kayaked over Palouse Falls in 2009.
- Reduced risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues, since paddling is a low impact activity.
- The first person to cross the Atlantic ocean in a kayak was 29-year-old WW1 veteran, Franz Romer. In 1928, the German-born kayaker left Lisbon, Portugal and traveled 4,000 miles to arrive in Puerto Rico.
Enjoy the adventure and paddle away!