Must-try Water Sports Activities: Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Paddle Boarding

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There are dozens of water sports activities. Swimming, diving and sailing are no secrets. There are some rather quaint activities such as synchronized gymnastics and aqua-jogging. You may not be enticed by underwater wrestling, football or target shooting. If there were three water sports activities that you must try, then these will have to be kayaking, kite-boarding or kite-surfing and paddle-boarding.


Kayaking is one of the most pleasurable water sports. At first sight, a kayak may seem like a canoe, but they are not identical. Even the activities are quite different. Kayaking is easier because the vessel is lighter and more convenient. It lets you sit facing forward so you can enjoy the scenic beauty up ahead and around you as you embark on an adventure. You can also get an inflatable kayak which is easy to store and transport. To learn more about these and other water sports activities, visit

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There are different kinds of kayaking. The kind you choose will influence the choice of a kayak. You can combine kayaking and diving. It is also known as kayak diving. You can explore the wilderness or indulge in ecotourism. You can consider one that is built with fishing in mind if you want to try your hook, line and sinker skills. Those used for diving have to be slightly larger to accommodate the gear. A fishing kayak can be of normal design and size, unless you are hoping for a really large catch, because of that it can be operated in relatively shallow water, one of the reasons why it has become so popular in recent times. It is also an environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Lately, ecotourism has picked up in many parts of the world. Spotting dolphins or simply exploring a fascinating landscape around a river or stream, kayaking is an appropriate choice. For those that are looking for an adventure, whitewater kayaking is the right choice. In this form, you take your kayak down a rapid range. The distance and complexity of the series of rapids determine the level of difficulty. This is not for beginners though. Hobbyists and adventurists cannot do without their annual and in some cases seasonal share of whitewater kayaking.

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Kite-surfing or kite-boarding is a water-based action sport. It combines wakeboarding, surfing and windsurfing, paragliding, snowboarding, sailing and skateboarding. You could consider it to be an extreme sport. You basically use a kite and wind to your advantage to surf or board. There are many styles of kite-surfing. You could indulge in free-ride or freestyle, wave-riding, wake-style, air-style or jumping, wake-skate, speed racing, course racing and park riding. There are many techniques of kite-boarding and you can only hone your skills with practice. Do not try turning, heel turn jibe, board grabs or other tricks the very first time.

Paddle Boarding

Paddle-boarding has become quite popular in recent times, especially yoga on the paddleboard. Stand up paddle is a safer water sport compared to kite-surfing. You get a paddleboard, also known as a surfboard. Choose gentle waters and paddle to explore the place. Stand up paddle is a good workout. You may also kneel or lie down as you paddle.

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