Kayaking is one of the fastest growing sports in North America, Time magazine recently reported. Why is it so popular?
Kayaking has grown to number nearly 8 million regular active participants in the U.S. alone according to the National Sporting Goods Association (www.nsga.org). That number is up from 3.5 million only 10 years ago. And the numbers are almost evenly split between males (55%) and females (45%) with women being the fastest growing segment.
There are a number of reasons for this growth according to the experts. Industry leaders are quick to highlight that even a complete novice can get into a kayak and in a very short time reach a level of competence that leaves them with a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. The learning curve is thus very steep and very rewarding.
Kayak technology is advancing quite rapidly too and this is also making the sport more appealing. The new kayaks are lighter and easier to carry, handle, maneuver and transport. They also come with many user friendly features such as onboard storage, tie down straps, comfortable seats and some with foot operated rudders or skegs for ease of steering.
Another reason for the growing popularity is simply the basic appeal of the sport itself. Kayak enthusiasts point out the joy experienced in the solitude and quietness of a kayak voyage. Others highlight the fact that it is a sport that is readily combined with other popular pastimes including photography, fitness, hiking, camping, fishing and socializing.
Kayak outfitters and sports shops can also be credited with the recent success of the sport as many take a very active roll in introducing their kayak customers to the sport and providing free introductory training. Later many follow up with more organized activities such as tours and skill development courses and seminars.
Although most kayaks sold are single person models, the sport is often a group sport. Kayak clubs are springing up all over and these organize training clinics, festivals and group outings. So it is really a solo sport that is easily enjoyed in a group setting.
There is also a wide spectrum of kayaking sports. Many people may initially think of white water kayaking which is actually at the extreme end of the spectrum and only appeals to a relatively small segment of the kayak market. Most paddling enthusiasts actually chose the less extreme recreational, day touring, sea kayaking and fishing kayak scene.
Frontenac Outfitters On-Water Canoe & Kayak Centre is a true leader in this fast growing sport. We have been introducing people to the world of kayaking... the right way... on-the-water for nearly 25-Years (since 1984).
Christine & Larry Showler and the rest of the Frontenac Outfitters Team invite you to visit our unique Paddlesports Centre would love to show you more about kayaking to help make it your favourite pastime too. Make the short trip to Frontenac Outfitters and try some out first hand. You will find us on the road to better health reduced environmental impact and increased personal satisfaction.
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