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Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is generally differentiated from canoeing by the fact that a kayak has a closed cockpit and a canoe has an open cockpit. However, there are many sit-on-top kayaks, and these boats are growing in popularity. They also use a two bladed paddle. Another major difference is in the way the paddler sits in the boat. Kayakers sit in a seat on the bottom of the boat with their legs extended out in front of them. Canoeists will either sit on an elevated bench seat or kneel directly on the bottom of the boat.

White water kayaking involves taking a kayak down rapids. Sea kayaking sometimes also referred to as Ocean Kayaking involves taking kayaks out on to the ocean or other open water i.e a lake. Sea kayaking can involve short paddles with a return to the starting point or "put-in" or expeditions covering many miles and days. Kayaking of all kinds has continued to increase in general popularity through the 1990s and early 21st century.

How to paddle a kayak

How to Slalom White Water Surfing Kayak

Kayaking in White Water Races

Near the late parts of the 1940s Slalom became America’s favourite canoeing sport. Since then slalom is now one of the most challenging kayaker and canoeist sport most favourable to man. During the event the kayakers ability to handle is vessel is tested beyond normal kayaking sports.

How it works:

Slalom white water surfing is a zigzag race, where competitors following a winding course, while zigzagging through obstacles. Generally, the kayaker must race through an 800 gauge course to complete slalom requirements. In the event, the kayakers are stressing turbulent and agitated white waters until the finish line. Wild water events generally include flags and poles, whereas the kayaker must pass through each object without hitting the poles or flags.

In white water surfing, generally in five minutes you can complete an 800 gauge run. In slalom white water surfing the kayaker must pass through gates, which are set up for a purpose. The purpose is to make the kayakers trip a bit more adventurous. The gates also mark the path that kayakers are expected to take in slalom white water surfing.

If a kayaker fails to meet gate requirement, thus he will receive a penalty per each gate he fails to negotiate properly. Time is against the kayaker in this sporting event, and with each gate penalty points, he looses more time. International competitors are often disqualified if the kayak touches a gate.

The poles or gates are marked. Some of the gates have variant colors, which more points are subtracted if you touch the gate. At the start of the competition, the kayakers are timed.

Today, Singles Kayak K-1 replaces the older version, which took place in 1965. (F-1)

In the competitions today, all single kayaks qualify for competition, yet the boat must measure 13.12 feet. The beam must be at least 23.6 inches, or short of two feet to qualify for the competitions.

How do I choose paddles for slalom white water surfing?

You can choose a paddle based on your liking, however purchasing the best on the market is ideal if you intend to win at white water competitions. Many kayakers tend to choose double bladed paddles.

What about seating?

You should fit snugly in the seat of your kayak. If you are loose, you will slide, scoot, and possibly slip from the boat. Snug seating will also help you to focus on kayaking, rather than stressing over the problems of seats. You will also want to sit low in the seat to ensure stability. You can purchase hip pads that will provide you additional support.

Do I need knee pads? Yes, you will need knee grips to provide you extra support and control, especially when you lean forward in the kayak.

Will I need a footrest?

Yes. You want adjustable footrests so that you can use the foot during paddling.

How do I decide what clothing to wear?

To consider clothing, think practicality, safety, waterproof, warmth, and movement.

Do I need a hat?

Yes, but you will need a crash helmet. Why do you think they outlaw motorcycles in most states without the usage of helmets? The head is at high risk of injury and/or fatality during slalom white water surfing. You should consider the helmets that offer added padding to promote safety.

Should I wear a lifejacket?

Yes, if you have any sense you will wear a lifejacket. You will also need a spray skirt, and proper paddles in slalom white water kayaking. Lifejacket rules states that you must wear a lifejacket with minimal buoyancy at 13.2 pounds. You may want to check with the judges for updates on lifejacket buoyancy weight.

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