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How To Clean and Dry Your Inflatable Kayak Properly

Inflatable kayaks rock; they’re compact, portable, weigh close to nothing, and perform relatively well on the water. However, let’s face it – cleaning and drying them after every use isn’t …

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How To Use A Kayak Cart: Everything You Need To Know 

You buy a kayak, get yourself a matching paddle, and think, “Oh, I can’t wait to get this bad boy out for a spin!”  If only things were that simple.  …

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Two Shores, One Vision: The Exciting Merger Of UKWaterSports.co.uk & WaterSportsWhiz.com

“May you live in interesting times.”  If you’re a fellow Terry Pratchett fan, you know that the citizens of Discworld actually considered this to be a curse. Well, right now, …

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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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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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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, …

Who Are WaterSportsWhiz?

Created by Enthusiasts, for Enthusiasts

WaterSportsWhiz exists to be the trusted source that paddling enthusiasts can turn to for reliable insights. When starting out on this paddling journey, our founder Sam struggled to find accurate information, he decided that if no reliable source existed for beginners – he’d build it himself.

We remain committed to overcoming obstacles in order to provide quality recommendations without bias or hidden agendas.

Our philosophy: equip fellow water lovers with the transparent guidance needed to safely enjoy their sport.

Real expertise from real experience, not just to make sales but to serve our community.

If the path doesn’t exist, we’ll forge ahead until we make one.

Meet Our Team

The WaterSportsWhiz crew brings together over 120 collective years of water sports experience and expertise. From professional athletes and coaches to recreational weekend warriors, our team offers well-rounded perspectives bonded by a genuine love of the water.

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Founder, Kayak & Paddle Boarding Expert

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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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Best Kayak Cooler: Top 7 Picks For Keeping Things Chilly

Kayak, PFD, paddle, dry bag, spare clothes, water bottle, sunscreen, and lunch; everything’s set for your kayaking trip. If only you could figure out a way to keep your drinks cold and refreshing – that would make the outing better.  Seriously, though:  Aren’t you tired of having nothing but stale …

Knowledge & Know-How

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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 do you avoid getting trapped in the event of a capsize?  When it’s time to abandon ship, performing a kayak …

Trust In Our Expertise

At WaterSportsWhiz, we take accuracy and integrity seriously. Our writers have decades of first-hand experience and active participation across every water sport we discuss on this site.

We thoroughly research, test, and fact-check all our recommendations. We never accept paid sponsorships or placements, and we detail any potential biases openly and honestly.

Our goal is not to promote products, but to provide ethical, comprehensive, and unbiased advice to help you make informed decisions. You can trust that we have your back as a fellow water sports enthusiast.

Our commitment to transparency, honesty, and rigorously vetted information means you can have confidence in the guidance we provide. Let us help you make the most of your time on the water!