Sports Kayaks

Of all the types of kayaks available today perhaps one of the most advanced have been in the design and development of sports kayaks. 

From recreational padding to Olympic competition levels, the sport of kayaking has many disciplines and as such many more designs and developments. Skills and agility to flat out racing.  Water polo, rapid racing, slalom, sprint,  marathon.  The ways that people engage in sport is absolutely amazing.  This category attempts to collate article and information about the sports of kayaking.


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What is Canoe Ocean Racing?

Canoe Ocean Racing consists of long distance surfski, sea kayak and sea touring races. A surfski is the fastest boat over long distances on ocean swells, with the only flatwater boat able to go faster being an Olympic-standard canoe sprint boat.

Surfskis originated in Australia in the 1900s when two brothers, Harry and Jack McLaren, used them around their family’s oyster beds on Lake Innes in New South Wales. They would also use their custom-made boats to surf the beaches at nearby Port Macquarie. The speed and versatility of the boats made them ideal for lifesaving, and in 1946 surfski became a part of the lifesaving competition programme.

The challenges canoe ocean racing can face include large waves driven by the wind, cyclone generated ground swells and paddling in wind speeds of more than 20 knots. (ICF  ) 

Meridian Kayak's new sit on / open cockpit sea kayaks are idea for the recreational paddler to get involved in this exciting sport.  

A very competitive form of whitewater paddling.  This sport consists of running a rapid through a series of gates, both downstream and back upstream. 

Sprint kayaking is what it sounds like. Going as fast as possible over a relatively short flat water course.

This competitive sport comprises some of the most innovative designs, kayak materials and paddling techniques.

Sprint kayaks are fixed in length due to the unfair advantages in extra long kayaks. The longer the kayak, the faster it goes. They are also very narrow, Again length beam ratio means faster and so are fixed in their beam / width.