If In Doubt, Paddle Out! Go Kayaking!

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!

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