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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:  …

Kayaker capsizes in rough condition choppy water
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Sam OBrien

Kayaking For Non-Swimmers – Everything You Need To Know

Okay, first of all, there is no shame in being a non-swimmer. Some people simply didn’t have the chance to learn how to swim as children, while others may still …

Kayaking in Washington state
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Kayaking In Washington DC – 8 Must-Paddling Spots In & Around The Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC, is known for many things – namely, its museums, memorials, the National Zoo, and the Metro. And let’s not forget that it’s also the home of the political …

What muscles does stand up paddle boarding work
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Sam OBrien

What Muscles Does Paddle Boarding Work?

If you’re new to paddling sports, you’re probably convinced that it’s primarily about arm strength – and I wouldn’t blame you for it. Most people assume the same thing.  When …

What are Paddle Boards Made Out Of
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SUP Construction Explained – What Are Paddle Boards Made Of?

Many factors will play into your SUP’s performance, weight, durability, capacity – and, ultimately, price tag. And SUP construction is one of those factors.  What are paddle boards made of, …

Paddle Board Size Chart
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Sam OBrien

What Size Paddle Board Should I Get: SUP Sizes Explained

You want a SUP that is stable and capable of supporting your weight. But you also want a board that is maneuverable, relatively fast, and able to provide an overall …

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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 Kayaks for Beginners

Best Kayak For Beginners: Top 12 Easy-To-Paddle Picks For Novice Kayakers

I’ve been where you’re at now – eager to start paddling but confused by the numerous options available to you. I can tell you right now that choosing the best kayak for beginners is never an easy feat. It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to figure out which of the …

Knowledge & Know-How

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Paddle Vs Oar: The Difference Between Oar And Paddle Explained

If you’re having some trouble distinguishing between paddles and oars, trust me, you’re not alone – many people make the same mistake. There’s a lot of confusion about the matter among novice kayakers. And the fact that a good portion of the paddling community still uses the two terms interchangeably …