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Kayaking Terminologies you can use to impress your buddies

Published May 18, 2016 in Relationship, Sports & Adventure

Kayaking is a recreational and sporting activity that has been embraced in a great way in modern times. Below are some terminologies that you may hear being thrown about by expert paddlers.

River Running – This basically means taking a tour down the river. It can be done as a recreational activity where one goes enjoying the scenery and the ride. It could also be done as a whitewater adventure, especially if the river water is fast and rough. River running can be done during a short day trip and it could also be done over several days.

Surf Kayaking – This is where the paddler uses the kayak as a surf board. Kayaks used in surf kayaking are similar to whitewater kayaks but this time they have a flatter hull. The rails of the kayak are also sharper than the rails on the whitewater kayak. The surf kayak is built with a flat/ plainer hull to increase the kayak’s speed while riding a wave and it also allows for faster takeoff to catch a wave. The surf kayaks have sharper rails to allow carving into a wave and to allow the paddler to quickly change direction.

Creeking/ Hucking – This is similar to river running although it involves maneuvering through very technical and tough rapids. These are rapids of range IV and range VI. Usually, hucking involves maneuvering through steeper gradient, running ledges, waterfalls, slides, and traversing through narrow rivers with tough bends. Kayaks that are used for creeking are made with rounded bows and rounded sterns that provide a higher margin of safety against pinning. They are designed to be able to resurface faster and can be controlled easily when recovering from large drops.

Playboating – This is a fun kind of kayaking sport that is also called freestyling. The freestyler usually works on one spot of the river where there is a wave or pour-over. The paddler uses the dynamic forces of the waters to perform various tricks with the kayak. Some of the tricks that they perform include cartwheels, spinning, surfing, loops, blunts, and other artistic movements. Aerial moves can also be incorporated if the wave can provide enough lift for the kayak.

Rocker – This refers to the shape of the bottom of the hull i.e. the curve from bow to stern at the bottom of the boat.  There are two kinds of rockers i.e.

Kick Rocker – this is where the center of the bottom is generally flat whereas the ends, towards the bow and stern, are drastically angled up. This makes the kayak sit on a short flat surface whereas the ends are above the surface. This shape makes such a kayak ideal for easy maneuverability when freestyling of playboating.

Continuous rocker – This is when the hull at the bottom of the kayak has a continuous curve from the stern to the bow. This shape allows for smoother and quicker turns and also enables the kayak to have more stability when in motion.

Secondary Vs Primary Stability – Secondary stability also known as Final stability is the stability of a kayak when in motion. Primary or initial stability is the stability of a kayak witnessed when the kayak is motionless.

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