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History of Kayaking

The history of kayaking dates back at least 4,000 years.

Introduction to the History of Kayaking

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.

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.[13] Good lifting technique, sharing loads, and not using needlessly large and heavy kayaks prevents injuries.[14]

OLYMPIC GAMES

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.

KAYAKING TODAY

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.

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Bicycle Rental

Rent a premium 21-speed comfort-hybrid bicycle at BIKE RENT PUERTO RICO, located in the CTC. Great bikes for everyone.

Kayak Rental

Rent a single (1-person) or tandem (2-people) kayak at CONDADO KAYAK RENTAL, located in the CTC. Fun casual kayaking in Condado.

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18 Calle Marseilles
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907

Kayaking in the Condado Lagoon

Were located between La Ventana al Mar Park and Condado Lagoonat 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. 

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