Kayaking is a racing sport using a kayak for moving across water, which is a small, narrow boat propelled by means of a double-bladed paddle. It is different from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler. Most of the kayaks used have closed decks. Kayaking is more commonly a recreational activity than a competitive one.
Kayaking is can be done one flat stretches of water, as well as in whitewater, in playspot (standing waves) and rapids. There are artificial whitewater courses made for kayaking.
Some kayaking competitions that exists now are the freestyle kayaking world championships, and the extreme kayaking competition.
Other types of competitive kayaking are: slalom racing, river racing, freestyle kayaking, and Olympic kayaking. Kayaking has been part of the Summer Olympics since the 1936 games in Berlin.
Other types of kayaking activities or sports are:
- Whitewater Slalom — is a kayaking (and canoeing) sport in which athletes use a kayak or canoe to navigate through a course that consists of hanging gates on river rapids.
- Surf Kayaking — involves surfing in the ocean using a kayak.
- Playboating — a whitewater sport in which athletes on kayaks (or canoes) perform various moves in a fixed place called the playspot.
- Snowboating — a winter sport in which athletes use a kayak to descend down a slope covered with snow (also called Snowkayaking)
- Kayak diving
- Kayak fishing
- Canoeing — paddle sport in which the rider kneels or sits facing forward in a canoe.
- Kayaking is part of the Quadrathlon, an endurance sports event composed of the four individual disciplines of swimming, kayaking, cycling and running.
- Rafting — the objective is to navigate downstream on river rapids using an inflated raft.
- Rowing — a sport in which competitors propel a boat using oars.
- About Paddling Sports
- Kayaking at the Summer Olympics
- Complete list of sports
- The Encyclopedia of Sports