Thursday 24 May 2012

Kayaking and Canoeing - What Floats your Boat?

One of the UK's fastest growing sports, kayaking is fun, relaxing, exciting and best of all its good exercise!  Here in Devon we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a Kayaking location.  The coastline and rivers are fantastic for both scenery, wildlife and bouncing over white stuff!  The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site which covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.  After something a bit more lively? Dartmoor offers some fantastic white water opportunities.  The upper section of the Dart is challenging enough to keep the more experienced happy, whilst still providing some beginner and intermediate stretches.  The lower section of the Dart, from Totnes to Dartmouth, is flat and is home to several seals, the river offers a spectacular and pleasurable tour of the countryside. is major internet retailer with its head quarters and showroom in Paignton, Devon.  Stocking a range of wetsuits, scuba diving and kayaking equipment, they offer expert help and advice.  A particular area of expertise is inflatable kayaks...

Rigid kayaks are great but can be difficult to transport and store, particularly with the casual paddler in mind.  In recent years inflatable kayak technology has advanced rapidly.  So what are the advantages in having an inflatable kayak? To begin with, they are incredibly convenient to take it with you and can fit in the boot of even the smallest hatchback, the smaller ones you can just stuff into a backpack and you're ready to go. Inflatable kayaks are actually as durable as the hardshell kind; the top of the range craft use the same technology as whitewater rafts that you see careering over the rocks and drops in Canada and the States.  Inflatable kayaks are built with multiple layers in order to survive impacts and scrapes so as to provide safety for its users, rest assured it won't suddenly pop like a balloon if something pointed comes near it. Also, they're very stable and easy to manoeuvre, whether on whitewater or flat.

When it comes to price comparison generally inflatable kayaks are cheaper than similarly spec'ed hardshell kayaks, advise investing the saving in good quality paddles and buoyancy aids.  As with most hardware it's better to spend more on something that you'll get to use for a few years, rather than pay less for something that'll last a single summer. has the widest selection of inflatables in the UK so you are sure to find a kayak which will suit your needs, wants and budget.

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