Kayaks VS Canoes
Over time many things have changed with kayaks from the first ones that were
constructed, one of the largest changes of course is the material that the
modern kayaks are made from. Today the use of seal skin or sea lion skin along
with whale fat would not only be illegal it would also make many current
kayakers have never thought of trying the sport. Today they are constructed
using sturdy types of plastic among other materials.
There have also been many styles added to the original style of kayak, styles that are made for waters other than the ones these first kayakers had in their region, the beam and the cross section have also changed with these new styles. The hull has also been adapted to fit modern styles of kayaks for different types of water.
Many other changes have been made including accessories that can be purchased to make kayaking more enjoyable. Accessories such as high back seats that will give more support to the back and foot and hip braces that help to make certain paddling maneuvers easier.
The hull shapes have also been changed to adapt to the type of water that the style of kayak is made for, this can make the kayak sturdier, keeping it from tipping and it can also help the speed of the kayak in the water. Kayaks that are constructed today in the form of the traditional design still have the original hull shape.
Some of the kayaks that are built today are far from the traditional kayaks, there are kayaks that have no cockpit that are called sit-on-top, there are kayaks that have pedals where the person pedals as if on a bicycle and there are kayaks made for riding the waves in the ocean, like that of the surfboarder.
Each of these differences have changed the design of the original kayak and given kayakers more choice in the type of water they are able to take their kayaks.