Kayak means “hunter’s boat”.
Kayaking is now primarily practiced for fun, exercise and sightseeing; however they were originally designed for hunting seals, caribou, and whales and other animals that lived in the water or along the shore.
Kayaks were invented by the native Inuit, Aleut, and Yup’ik people of Arctic North America. Often referred to as “Eskimos,” these indigenous people live in modern day Greenland, Canada, and Alaska.
The first kayaks were made from stitching seal and other animal skins together, with whalebone skeletons as the structure. Whale fat was used to waterproof the kayaks.
Typically, kayak design is largely a matter of trade-offs: directional stability (“tracking”) vs maneuverability; stability vs speed; and primary vs secondary stability. Multihull kayaks face a different set of trade-offs. The paddler’s body shape and size is an integral part of the structure, and will also affect the trade-offs made.
Attempting to lift and carry a kayak by oneself or improperly is a significant cause of kayaking injuries. Good lifting technique, sharing loads, and not using needlessly large and heavy kayaks prevents injuries.
In 1936, kayak racing was added as an event to the Berlin games. Over time, kayakers developed a much lighter and more resilient boat, and in the 50s, kayaks were made from fiberglass.
Kayaks are now made from heavy-duty polyethylene plastic.
Kayaking the Condado Lagoon is a great place to try kayaking or paddleboarding for the first time because the water is mostly still. Book a kayak rental experience at condadokayakrental.com to have fun in a safe environment and a gorgeous natural setting.
Were located between La Ventana al Mar Park and Condado Lagoon, at 18 Calle Marseilles. Walk or drive past the Comfort Inn (on your right) and veer-left at the lagoon, CONDADO TOURISM CENTER is the business on the left past the Ritz condominium.