Past, Present And Future Kayaks

Kayaking Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Kayaks have long been a type of craft that people used for transportation and today for fun and sport.

When the kayak was first built it was used by people of the Artic and later in Alaska by the Eskimos for hunting and fishing, they also used it to transport goods on a small scale. Today however, this has changed and there are many designs for different types of water from the ocean to whitewater.

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Another thing that has changed is the material they are made from; they first used seal skin for the covering with whale fat to protect the skin with a wooden frame. Today they are made with rigid plastics for the covering and while they have kept close to the original design of these craftsmen who lived so long there have been some changes.

The kayak began to gain popularity about the year 1866, when John MacGregor started a club for kayakers after he had built his first one in 1865 and named it the Rob Roy. They gained so much popularity as a sport rather than the original use they were built for that by the year 1936 kayaking became a sporting event in the Olympics.

Today there are kayaks for all types of water such as, white water, the ocean and ones that are made for longer trips called touring kayaks.

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There are also many clubs that have formed for kayakers, kayaking lessons and companies that rent kayaks, companies such as North Shore Kayaks and Rising Sun Kayaks. Because their popularity has grow so much since the first début in 1866 with the first club all this and more is available for the kayak enthusiast. There are also stores that are devoted to the kayaker with not only kayaks, along with all the other equipment that is needed to enjoy this sport. There are books that are written on the subject not only to educate but also to show the fun and excitement the person whose hobby is kayaking can have, along with the best places to go kayaking, such as British Columbia, Pender Harbour and Sunshine coast trips.