January 8, 2007

Try-Outs Open for US Surf Kayaking Team

Team will compete at 2007 World Surf Kayaking Championships in Spain

Source: outdoornewswire.com SeaKayaking

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December 12, 2006

Whitewater Rafting - Experience The Rush

Whitewater rafting can give you the experience of a lifetime. If you are a lover of nature and adrenaline, this is the sport or hobby for you. Imagine being strapped to lifesaving jackets and knowing that your life can change from one minute to the next, or simply enjoying the beautiful weather and the sight of your best friend tip his raft over.

Like in any other sport, there is basic knowledge that you must know before heading out your front door as well as some precautions. Some of the things that you must consider and that might just make you a dignified whitewater rafter are the classifications of rapids, basic equipment to have, and the best locations to release your energy.

To start off, the way that rivers and rapids are classified ranges from Class 1 to Class 6.

As you may have already put two and two together, Class 1 rapids are small and its waters move slowly. Hardly being dangerous, there are spots to look out for that are easily spotted and can be avoided if you don’t have much experience.

Class 2 rapids and rivers require you to have basic training in order to maneuver or avoid obstacles. The waters in this class, from time to time, have faster moving currents of water that, again, can be noticed with proper training.

As the classifications increase, so must your skills and knowledge. Class 3 has rapids that are constantly changing, many and large obstacles, channels that are long and narrow, as well as harsh currents.

In order to venture into a Class 4 rapid you must have strong and fast boating skills. The violent currents in these masses of water are ones that throw “curve balls” at you by presenting large waves, holes, and masses of rock.

Class 5 rapids are definitely only for the experts. If you are seeking extreme danger, this is where you will find it along with longer and more intense rapids that may hide rocks, waves, and currents that may prove to be too dangerous for the some.

Perfect conditions are a must in order to ride a Class 6 rapid. Unpredictable waters that for the most part no one attempts to ride in characterize these waters.

The second thing a prospective whitewater enthusiast must know is what gear is essential.

First and foremost, you will need a life jacket. Your main objective is to remain afloat at all times while whitewater rafting.

A paddle is what will get you somewhere as well as allow you to maneuver your boat through the water. You have an option between a single or double blade paddle, depending on your sport.

A third piece of basic equipment is ……. A BOAT! Well it’s a given that before you enter rapids and start paddling you need to be onboard a boat but this is just a little reminder.

I’m sure now you think you are ready, but here comes the tricky stuff. You will also need a spray skirt. This is used to keep water out of your boat and consequentially prevents you from sinking or flipping over.

A helmet is also part of your basic gear and always recommended. If you will be paddling and just having a good time you don’t always need one and a simple bike helmet can do. On the other hand, if you are open water kayaking or more seriously involved in this sport, please don’t forget to protect your head at all times.

Now you might be ready to hit the water, and if you have followed and learned the basics, you are. Cconsider any place that has large bodies of water and few tourists, you don’t want to bump into swimmers. But where will you go? Here are some ideas.

The Hudson River in eastern upstate New York is a good bet and is considered a continuous easy III.

The Flathead River located in the Acadia National Park in Montana offers a fantastic environment and scenic rafting trips on a Class 2-3 river.

Lake Champlain in Vermont offers three big rivers that cut through the Green Mountains and flow into it. The river’s classifications go from flatwater to Class 3.

There are many more destinations for your whitewater rafting trip so do the research and head where the waters best fit your family, needs, or curiosity.

Freddy Rodriguez

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