2020 Singapore Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Championships
30 - 31 May 2020
Kayaking can mean taking a peaceful paddle down a slow moving river, a tough haul across a lake with white caps, a long distance journey on the sea or river, or a whiteknuckle experience in white water. Each situation has a special kayak design to get the best out of the expected conditions. For example, in general on long trips, great maneuverability is not needed but good tracking (ability to maintain straight direction) is. In order to keep the kayak going straight and to go faster, a longer hull (the body of the boat) is needed, and storage on board is useful if you don’t plan on returning to your put-in place. All these attributes make up a classic sea kayak design.
The opposite extreme is white water kayaking where you need to be able to turn very quickly and be extremely maneuverable. White water kayaks are often shorter in length than the kayaker her-/him- self to achieve these qualities.
The great majority of kayakers, and certainly in the early stages of learning the skill, fall somewhere in between with regard to their needs. They need a general purpose kayak that is short enough to be light weight, yet has the ability to stay on track, isn’t too likely 5 5 to tip up, but isn’t so wide as to be very slow. In addition to different lengths, kayaks also come in various widths and shapes but until you are ready to buy your own, you don’t really need to concern yourself with this too much.