Beginner’s Guide to Whitewater Kayaking Gear

December 23, 2007

Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling on moving bodies of water, typically rivers. The experience can range from a fun float trips to adrenalin charged challenges. Whitewater Kayaking Requires the Same Basic Gear used by all kayakers. Gear specifics differ due to conditions and other variables involved in whitewater kayaking.

Kayaks built for whitewater kayaking, often called playboats, are usually made of durable and flexible plastic. Lengths vary from around 6 feet to as long as 12 feet, maybe longer. Newer designs tend to run around 6 feet to 7 feet in length. Personal kayak size and shape are determined by the user’s height, weight, type of water the kayak will be used in and primary kayak use.

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