Surf Kayaking - Surf Ski

With the popularity in kayaking ever increasing, it may not be surprising to know that kayakers are conquering the waves around the shoreline alongside the surfers who are traditionally known for riding the waves. Surf Kayaking is a fun; exhilarating sport and participation can occur world-wide and be practised by anyone who wishes to embark on this challenging and exciting activity.

There are two types of kayak suitable for this sport and this is the sit on top kayak or those with a cockpit. Sit on top kayaks have become the more popular choice as these are harder to sink and much easier for the kayakers to actually board.

As with all kayaking or canoeing enthusiasts, taking good instruction of how to control the boat is absolutely essential and although there are some very good books or DVD?s available on the subject, it is vital to have hands on training in addition. There simply is no substitute for this build up of experience alongside guidance. Many instructors will guide the new enthusiast through their paces in an indoor swimming pool and this means that rolling the kayak and paddling can all be done in relative safety.

Even once instruction has been completed, it is important to practise in shallower and safer water as the sea is a dangerous and unpredictable place, although it is this feeling of competing with the elements that makes Surf Kayaking so popular to all those who try it. It is worth realising though that even the smallest waves can seem extremely intimidating to the kayaking beginner initially, and larger waves can soon be crashing above head height. It is important for the kayaker to not begin to panic when conditions become a little more challenging, instead relying on nerve, strength and expertise to paddle through.

Although it is very important to ensure that all the safety aspects of kayaking have been covered off when taking instruction, it can be an enjoyable practise to attend a club where other more experienced kayakers will be and this can provide not only additional support by other enthusiasts but also increase the social aspects of this exciting Surf Kayaking sport.

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