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Reading Trajectory In River Rapids

Understanding the basic trajectory of your kayak when you get into the water is an incredibly important part of enjoying your kayaking experience. Without that basic understanding you'll be nothing more than yet another random piece of flotsam being tossed around by the river.

Trajectory itself is a vital term as well as a necessary sort of math in the sport. Your trajectory is a combination of the angle at which you're facing, the speed of the kayak, and the speed or direction of the current. Y need to know where you're going and by paying close attention to these factors you'll be ready for whatever the river might throw at you.

The basics of angling and speed for maneuvering are instilled in kayakers at a very early stage. Most beginners know the basics. Getting out there into the midst of a heavy rapid can often cause you to forget or stop paying attention to the details you're trained to look for. You're going to have a trajectory no matter where you're headed in the river. What's most important is that you understand what that trajectory is and how you can affect and change it to suit your needs.

If you've ever seen a particularly threatening obstacle and merely paddled harder, you've experienced first hand the need for understanding trajectories. Instead of angling your boat properly and applying the proper amount of speed, you attempt to brute force your way away from a rock and this is not only dangerous but much less efficient. In extreme cases you might need to traverse the entire width of a rapid between rocks. The only way to accomplish this is to properly angle your boat, apply the proper speed and hope to cut off the downstream trajectory a bit.

But, keep in mind that simply changing your angle does not change the direction in which you are going. Facing past that rock does not mean you are going to go around the rock. Trajectory is a combination of all three factors and they must be combined properly to ensure they work. Imagine for example that you face your kayak upstream and start paddling. You have the angle right and you have the necessary speed (your paddling), but the current is going the opposite direction. It's negating your trajectory and forcing you back downstream.

So, the question arises then of how to establish the right trajectories while kayaking to make certain that you go in the direction you want. It's a long process of learning how to read the water and assess all of the necessary variables, plus the nature of your specific kayak. It's a matter of practice and timing. When you've practiced enough you'll soon be able to feel the difference in pull and paddling speed and the resulting trajectory you can derive from your direction.

Imagine driving your car at 60 miles an hour and trying to take a 90 degree turn without braking. It's the same basic concept. To successfully make that kind of turn you would need to start very wide and use a lot of space, utilizing the forward momentum of the car and the careful turn of the angle in the wheel. Anything more sudden will only result in a crash.

Understanding the trajectory of your kayak is a skill that comes with time, but when you finally grasp the importance of the process, you'll find that you can enjoy your outings much more because you'll spend less time trying to overcome the river and more time just enjoying the rapids.


Would The Ancient Hawaiians Even Recognize The Sport Of Surfing Today?

Surfing is the only type of sport where the person relies on the wave to pick them up and for them to do tricks. Unlike body boarding and kite surfing you have to stand up fast before the wave breaks on you so you can get down the line and do your tricks on the wave.

Surfing first had started way back in Hawaii when Captain James cook was on the island. The boards they used back then were made from heavy thick wood so it made them hard to even paddle out. They were later made from other materials but not till way later when the modern short board came into play. After the short board came into the picture it changed surfing forever. Surfers could then use smaller boards but they would still float the same way as the others. Except now they could catch waves fast and do tricks that they had never done before. The boards allowed them to get down the line faster then ever so they could do new aerial tricks. The airs first started in California and places like that then other surfers started to do the same tricks so they changed surfing like never before. If you were to look at surf videos today and look at surfing videos from back in the day like the 60s and 70s you will see the difference.

Swells and waves are created from wind blowing over a long distance. That's what makes the swells travel until they hit the beaches in which we surf today. Like when you were to have a hurricane the wind would be blowing hard and fast out at sea but 50 to 100 miles inshore the waves would be pounding the shores. Hurricane surf is good because you are like guaranteed good clean offshore surf sometime or another when the hurricane gets close. Other types of swells are ground swells which just pop up over night from a low pressure or something like that. Other than that waves are made from wind.

You will see the difference between a surfer who can ride the wave and one who just can't catch the wave before it breaks. The one who can catch the wave before it breaks on them and gets in front of the barrel of the wave will be the one to show you how to surf. Like me I would drop into the face at an angle so I would gain better speed so then when I stood up I would already have a good amount of speed then I would do a few little pumps down the line then do a huge lip slide or off the lip. You are not limited to what you can do on a wave when its chest to head high surf and walling up down the beach. All you do is catch it then speed down the line and perform some sick trick that gets everyone hooting and then paddle back out.


Beach Chairs Help make a Day at the Beach More Relaxing

Beach chairs are not only practical and functional, they are also colorful and fun. I've noticed through the years that a day on the beach is fun and relaxing in direct relation to the toys and goodies you bring with you. The right chairs, umbrellas, and blankets or towels are some of the things that go in this category. Think how lame it would be to try to spend the day with your kids on a beach somewhere without something to sit down on. You would get tired, hot, and irritated in no time at all. And lunch would take on a whole new level of meaning wouldn't it? It's a no-brainer that the right chairs go a long way to making the day more comfortable and enjoyable.

The first time we bought beach chairs we really skimped. They lasted all of one season and had to be tossed out. The webbing frayed and split. The colors faded. They just weren't worth keeping. Looking back I realize now that I should have brought the same attitude to purchasing those as I generally do to other things. That is, buy the very best you can afford at the time and you probably won't have to buy again anytime soon.

Thankfully, we have since purchased some beach chairs that are going to last for many years. We actually got two different types. The first type has a frame made out of redwood. This is one of my favorite natural materials because it has natural oils that make it a perfect wood for outdoor, moist environments. It grays naturally over time and looks great. These are covered in a weather resistant fabric with color fast dyes. Everyone loves these. They are comfortable and they look great. The other kind we got has an aluminum frame that is covered with an equally long-lasting color fast fabric. I like these because they have a built-in table that lifts up by the side of the chair. There is a cup holder integrated into the table and it is large enough to comfortably settle a paper plate full of summer treats.

Beach chairs alone are pretty simple. They are basically just a perch for you to plop down in. They don't really do anything other than give you a place to park it. However, it is what they allow you to do that makes them so desirable. Being able to rest comfortably while you enjoy the day makes all the difference. Whether the day at the beach turns out to be a blessing, or a curse, has a lot to do with how relaxed you can be during the day. The heat and the sand can be wonderful, but if you are stressed out, they can be pretty annoying. The right beach chairs just help. It's a subtle but critical recognition.

So do yourself, and your family, a big favor and get some quality chairs that will last for years. You'll never regret it, and everyone will thank you.


Jet Ski Rentals: Personal Watercraft Tips & Safety

Jet ski rentals provide a great way to have a ton of fun. Personal water craft (PWC) vehicles give you the freedom to control where you go and what you do on the water. Keep in mind, however, that while jet skis are often called 'toys,' they can still be dangerous! This article will provide you with information on jet ski rentals and safety when you're on the water. Whether you're a seasoned expert or just getting started, the following will be beneficial to you.

Riding a jet ski is an exciting way to enjoy the water and it can provide hours of fun. If you love the water, the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the thrill of an adrenaline rush, you'll love riding a jet ski!

Jet ski rentals are designed to provide the enjoyment of water sports. If you're a regular rider, it might be easier to rent a jet ski than buy one and lug it from place to place. And if you're just learning how to jet ski, renting is definitely the way to go! You can find jet ski rentals just about anywhere there's an ocean or a lake or at a local ski shop. Most people prefer to rent right on the water so they can just hop on and take off. However, if you rent for a ski shop, you'll probably get the equipment for a less expensive rate because you have to transport it to the water on your own.

There are a couple different types of jet skis from which you can choose. First, you must decide on whether to rent your own jet ski or one that can carry more than one person.

The single person model has two basic types: the solo craft or sport craft. The solo craft is a standing jet ski. It usually takes a little longer to learn how to master control of the solo craft. The sport craft is a sitting jet ski that provides greater stability, perfect for people who are new to jet skiing. A sport craft may be slightly unstable, and more likely to turn over when it is being operated at low speeds or by a heavy rider. Despite this, the sport craft is better for beginners.

The two-person model offers dual seating, but tends to be a little slower depending upon the size of the engine. In general, however, the two-person model can be a lot of fun. The four-seater models are very stable and somewhat slower. Both the two- and four-seater jet ski models are cost effective for large groups who don't want to rent a lot of jet skis for single use.

Now, it's important to remember that there are safe techniques you must learn before you ride a jet ski. Most states recommend a minimum age of 16 years to operate or ride a jet ski, so keep that in mind. Be sure you fully understand how to operate the jet ski and that you're comfortable enough to operate it on your own. Getting on the equipment is pretty easy. Just step onto the foot wells, one at a time and hold on to the dock to steady yourself. If you're already in the water, make sure the engine is shut off and swim around to the back platform. Put your palms on the platform and pull yourself up to a kneeling position so you can get up onto the seat. Make sure the engine shut off clip (lanyard) is attached to your wrist before you start the engine and pull away.

Always wear a life preserver to protect yourself when, yes that's when, you fall off the equipment. Never ride too closely to another watercraft ' stay at least 100 feet away to avoid collisions. Never ride at night and always be aware of your surroundings. Have fun!


A Guide To Buying The Right Wetsuit

Whether you have surfed for years or are an absolute beginner, most people will agree that buying the right wetsuit is a great place to start in order to succeed at surfing. A good wetsuit will ensure you have the flexibility, warmth and protection to defend you from nature's elements. Finding the right one to fit your body shape is important and you may wish to consider the following factors before you go ahead make your purchase.

Wetsuits are effectively tight fitting bodysuits made of flexible neoprene rubber. They are designed to trap a very thin layer of water between the neoprene and the skin. As the water heats up, the surfer heats up too.

There are many types of wetsuit available, to serve different purposes including diving and swimming. It's important to buy yours from a surf store, designed specifically for surfing. Surfing wetsuits are designed to endure the specific repetitive motions that surfers make when they're out in the ocean. Other wetsuits may have seams in different places, resulting in rashes.

Most people know the top surf brands, such as Quicksilver, Rip Curl, Roxy and O'Neill however there are many others manufacturers selling wetsuits and each will contain different features, styles and therefore affect performance in different ways. It's important to pick the right one for your body shape and your ability.

The fit of the wetsuit will be determined by how much stretch it has. Having a wetsuit that stretches is important for comfort however too much will lead to less stability. You need to feel supported without feeling restricted. Certain parts of the body, such as your elbows and knees will take most impact when surfing so you need to make sure your wetsuit has extra protection in these areas.

Wetsuits are not made from one large piece of material. It is created from a number of different parts, known as panels. The more panels used, the chances are the wetsuit will fit better, however more panels also means more seams which can reduce the flexibility of the fit. To get around this problem, seams shouldn't be found in areas of your wetsuit that may cause rubbing or reduce your flexibility.

It's also worth keeping an eye out for the stitching on a wetsuit. There are commonly two types, blind stitching and flat locking. Blind stitching tends to be reserved for the more expensive wetsuits, where a seam is glued and then stitched with the needle not making its entire way through the material, making the seam watertight. Due to the skill involved, this method is more expensive than flat locking, which is why these wetsuits cost more. Flat locking involves the needle passing right through the material, meaning the seam is not watertight. This makes these wetsuits less expensive and suitable only really in summer months.

Neoprene Coating on a wetsuit can also affect how warm it keeps you and how light it feels. Water repellent coating (WRC) is a chemical added to the top half of the wetsuit that repels water, making it lighter and warmer. PU printing on the other hand is used to make the fabric more resistant to damage by abrasion as it increases the durability of the neoprene material.
In wetsuits at the top end of the scale, you will find batwings. These are thin pieces of neoprene that are sewn inside the zipper to prevent cold water from entering. Paying this premium will result in wearing a warmer, more comfortable wetsuit.

You can buy different types of wetsuit, from short-sleeve spring suits (or shorties as they are more formally known) to full suits with hoods. In cold water conditions, booties and gloves will also be required. Make sure your wetsuit caters for the conditions you will be surfing in.

The important thing when buying a wetsuit is to visit a store and actually try before you buy. The fit is the most important part of your purchase and you cannot tell how it will fit to your body by looking at an image on the internet or in a magazine. A wetsuit can make the difference between a good and an average surfer so it's essential you buy the most appropriate to your own personal requirements.


Inflatable Watercraft for Convenient Outdoor Fun

If you've always wanted to go out and enjoy fishing or a leisurely day relaxing in the water in your own boat but it just isn't the budget, take a look at today's inflatable watercraft. You'd be surprised at variety of these ready to go options. They come in many forms from kayaks, catamarans, larger boats to accommodate more people, different kinds of sport boats, and rafts as well. Many of them have their own advantages over the others and some of them are even better than the original non-inflatable models. Inflatable models are typically just as safe, durable, and comfortable to be in and can be a great option for anyone who enjoys going out on the water.

The best part about inflatable watercraft, like an inflatable kayak or catamaran, is that they are typically much less expensive than the originals; they are much easier to transport and they can be stored easily as well. They do take a while to set up and a lot of inflation is required, but it is nothing compared to having to store and pay for a non-inflatable boat. High quality inflatable watercraft are durable, secure and safe. In addition, they don't pop like they might be expected to because they are made out of the same material that is standard for military use and it takes a lot to damage them.

One issue many boating enthusiasts raise is that the buoyancy of them can be an issue because they feel different in the water from non-inflatable models but this is a good thing. The inflatable watercraft are much more buoyant and while the boat might sit slightly higher than other models, which means the boat is resistant to sinking and has buoyancy spread out evenly throughout the many inflatable sections. The buoyancy is spread by the tubes that run around the boat and helps evenly distribute the impact of the water on the boat. Another benefit of having a system like the one tube in these watercraft is that if one does ends up getting damaged somehow, the rest will act to keep the boat afloat. With many separate chambers, the impact of one being taken out is much less than the whole.

Inflatable watercraft can also be fitted with motors and are able to move just as quickly as some regular boats because they are so light. It takes time to get used to how touchy the controls can be, because they are so light, but this is just because they can be quite mobile due to their weight. Once you master the control of your inflatable watercraft, you'll be faster, safer, and lighter than you would be in the regular versions and you'll have the added convenience of easy transport and storage.


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