Kayaking has been a favourite water sport of many for so many years. It is great exercise, thrilling fun and a perfect way to get out into the water. But enthusiast and athletes never rest when it comes to changing and improving the sport. And from that drive and passion, Surf Kayaking was born. Using specialised kayaks, riders can move through the waves as if surfing but with a more controlled and intense experience. And this sport isn’t just for surfing fans. Below we will be looking at a how you can get into this sport, whether you are an athlete or fisher.
Whatever you reason for surf kayaking, weather as a sport or if you are looking to engage in some intense fishing, you will need equipment. And the most important piece of equipment is the kayak. So take a look around for some beginner-friendly kayaks for fishing or sport and find one that suits your needs. You will want to take into consideration your weight, transport ease and size. Next, you will want to invest in proper sporting wear. Water suits and shoes to keep your dry and warm during your stint in the water. You’ll want to invest in strong oars as well to make sure you can reliably get through the water.
Reading the Waves
Part of the fun of Surf Kayaking is riding the waves. It provides the thrill and excitement you are after. But there is no use exerting your energy riding out if you are going to get bad waves. So learning how to read the waves is vital. You want to see when the swell is leading to a massive wave and then get your self ready for it. Once you have this mastered you will find your self having a fantastic time as you ride the waves across the blue.
Fishing with a kayak is a great way to get deeper into the schools of fish and increase your chance of a catch. And using a surfing kayak can get you deep into the home of some more difficult to catch fish. By moving through the waves while you fish, you are going to be slap bang in the middle of the fish. This is not for the faint of heart but for those fishers that want a bit more thrill, this is the way to do it. You will need to make sure your fishing equipment is sturdy and can deal with the increased movement.
A large part of surf kayaking is community. The best surfing spots are going to be busy and filled with like-minded individuals who are ready to surf. And nothing improves the experience like meeting up with friends and hitting the waves together. Going a step further it can be useful to find and join a local surf kayak group. Doing this will allow you to take part in pre-arranged surf trips and get hot tips for surf locations and ways to improve your skill. The surf community is a warm, welcoming and friendly one who are always welcoming new people. If you ever have any concerns or need some guidance on what to do, this will be the way to find it.
Surfing, like any sport, is extremely physical. While it is the great exercise itself, you will need to put in some solid groundwork before you can hit the waves. You will need a solid core and strong legs to control your kayak and also a strong upper body and arms to utilise the oars to their full potential. To this end, you will want to make sure you have a regular and consistent exercise regime in place that you can follow regular basis to keep your body in the condition it needs to be to surf. Diet is another aspect of all this that is important. You will want to make sure you are getting plenty of healthy energy into your body, so you aren’t running out of steam while in the water. This could be fatal so make sure you are stocked up before you surf, but let your food digest to avoid cramps.