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What are the kayak rules and regulations
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Sam OBrien

Kayaking Rules And Regulations – Everything You Need To Know

When you think about outdoor recreation, the rules and regulations associated with it aren’t the first things that come to mind. I get that.  Kayaking is supposed to be a …

best paddleboard kayak hybrids on the river during summer
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Sam OBrien

Best Paddle Board Kayak Hybrid – Top 8 Picks For 2023

Can’t decide between a kayak and a paddleboard? I admit that it can be a tough choice – but, as it turns out, you might not have to choose one …

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Sam OBrien

Kayak Wet Exit – How To Master This Essential Kayaking Skill

There are many things to love about kayaking. But capsizing – and finding yourself upside-down, underwater, trapped in a kayak – is not one of them.  On that note, how …

Man Sea kayaking During the Cold Winter Months
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Sam OBrien

When Does Kayaking Season Start & End? Detailed Guide To Kayaking Seasons

You probably have an itch only a good kayaking session can scratch. I get it. If it were up to me, I’d go kayaking year-round – but Mother Nature usually …

Inuit Kayak in Museum
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Sam OBrien

A Brief History Of Kayaking – From Early Kayaks To Modern Designs & Beyond

I have been a part of the paddling community for years – and even I am surprised by the history behind kayaking. Seriously, the evolution of kayaks over millennia – …

Understanding The Different Types Of Whitewater Kayaks
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Sam OBrien

Understanding The Different Types Of Whitewater Kayaks

Whitewater kayaks are designed for a very specific environment – whitewater rapids.  It’s right there in the name; what else is there to know?  I’m afraid things aren’t that simple:  …

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Who Is Behind This Site?

Hey, I am Sam. one part of the three man team here at WaterSportsWhiz.com.  For the past 20 years I’ve been progressively discovering the world of water sports.  Trust me when I say that I’ve only barely touched the surface, the subject is as deep as it is wide.

Boats & Boards

Best Sea Eagle Inflatable kayaks

Sea Eagle Kayak Review – Everything You Need To Know About The Sea Eagle Inflatable Kayak & Boats Range 

Since the company’s inception in the 1960s, Sea Eagle has grown into a well-known – and, dare I say, world-renowned – manufacturer of inflatable boats. And as a front runner when it comes to inflatable boat designs, they’ve expanded their offering to include inflatable kayaks, SUPs, and – get this …

Equipment & Accessories

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Best Gifts For Kayakers And Canoeists: 18+ Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Paddler

For someone who doesn’t have much – if any – experience with kayaking, choosing the perfect gifts for kayakers can be quite a challenge.  You might think that a kayak and a paddle seem like a great gift idea – that’s what they use the most, right? But I believe …

Knowledge & Know-How

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Different Classes Of Rapids Explained – The International Scale Of River Difficulty

It doesn’t matter if you’re a highly experienced whitewater kayaker or a total newbie – the river doesn’t care.  You still need to play by the book and follow the same precautions as everyone else when you hit the waters.  Understanding the different classes of rapids, how they relate to …