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Nessa Hopkins

Go Kayaking In Austin – 9 Best Places To Kayak In Austin, TX

The Bat City, the Live Music Capital of the World, the Blueberry in Tomato Soup, or, simply, ATX… No, I’m not talking gibberish; these are just a few of the …

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Nessa Hopkins

Are Inflatable Kayaks Good? Weighing Up The Pros And Cons

It would be nice if you could just bring your ‘yak along everywhere you go, but that’s not always an option – especially not if you own a full-sized hard-shell …

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Sam OBrien

Exciting News: WaterSportsWhiz.com & SunShineKayaking.com Join Forces!

Okay, I’ll get straight to the point because, honestly, I can’t wait to share the news:  I’ve recently acquired the SunShineKayaking.com domain – and I am beyond proud and excited …

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Sam OBrien

Winter Kayaking – Everything You Need To Know About How To Kayak In Cold Weather

For some people, the mention of kayaking in cold weather is enough to make their hair stand on end and send shivers down their spine. That’s understandable. But for others, …

The Difference Between Kayaks and Paddle Boards
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Sam OBrien

Paddle Board Vs Kayak: What’s The Difference & Which One Is Best For You

So, you’ve decided to give paddle sports a try this summer? That’s great news!  I have it on good authority that paddling is incredibly beneficial – not just for your …

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Sam OBrien

How To Find A Leak In An Inflatable Kayak (And How To Patch & Repair It)

There’s a lot to love about inflatable kayaks – their portability, compact size, and lightweight hull – but the fact that they can develop punctures and leaks is not one …

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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

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Best Kayak Fish Finder Battery – Top 6 Powerful-But-Compact Options For 2022

If you’re into kayak fishing, you know how much equipment it involves. Rods and reels, fishing line, bait, tackle, lures – and you might add a fish finder to the list, too. But as valuable as a fish finder can be, it opens up a whole new can of worms:  …

Equipment & Accessories

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The Essential Kayak Fishing Gear And Accessories You Can’t Live Without

Everyone seems to have a slightly different idea as to what constitutes essential kayak fishing gear.  And don’t get me wrong – I think that’s a good thing.  Things would get boring pretty fast if all kayak anglers followed the same set of rules and used the same equipment and …

Knowledge & Know-How

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How To Paddle A Kayak: Beginner’s Guide To Proper Kayak Paddling Techniques

I’m not going to make any crazy promises like: You’ll be paddling a kayak like a pro by the time you finish reading this post. Reading about how to paddle a kayak won’t magically turn you into a kayaking pro; practice and hard work will.   Here’s what I can promise …