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Kayaking as an art form is usually looked to as the ability to maneuver a kayak through whitewater. Art depicting kayaking oftern shows people traversing whitewater or kayaking down streams.
Unlike canoeists that usually use singel bladed paddles, kayakers use double bladed offset paddles. Kayakers usually sit on the bottom of the kayak while a canoeist usually sits on a seat. Most kayaks have closed decks, but sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are gaining in popularity. The inflatable kayak is sometimes referred to as a rubber ducky.
The word kayak comes from the Inuit or Eskimo people of the northern Artic Regions and translates as "hunters boat." Their maid purpose for the boat was hunting and fishing and was created thousands of years ago. They covered driftwood or whalebone frames with sealskins to create the craft.
Kayaking became popular in Europe in the 1800's and kayak races were introduced to the Olympics at the 1936 Berlin games.
In the 1950's they started making them from fiberglass and from poluethelene plastic in the 1980's. Today they are made from metal, fiberglass, wood, plastic, fabrics, carbon fiber, and inflatable fabrics like PVC or rubber.
There are many types of kayaks depending on their use from sit-on-top to cockpit style, and inflatible. There are sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks and fishing kayaks. They may seat one or two people depending on the style.
Fine art prints of people kayaking for the walls of your home or office.
Title: An Evenings Idyl
Title: The Perfect Morning
Title: Follow The Leader
Title: Wrong Turn
Title: What A Ride
Title: Down The Chute
Title: Submerged DA
Kitesurfing also called kiteboarding, is an art as it is practiced and how it is portrayed in pictures. Most of the art shows people doing stunts while some shows a surfer and their kite or multiple sufers with their kites.
A kitesurfer uses the power of the wind, harnessed with a large controllable kite that resembles some of the modern parachutes used by skydivers, to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard, that is similar to a wakeboard or small surfboard. The board may or may not have footstraps or bindings.
Kitesurfing is a relatively new sport, dating back to only 1977. Modern kitesurfing really became in popular after Laird Hamilton and Manu Berlin demonstrated it off the coast of Maui in 1966. At the same time in Florida, Raphael Baruch was experimenting riding windsurfing boards with various foil kites and was instrumental in changing the name of the sport from flysurfing to kitesufing.
Kitesurfing more specifically refers to riding waves and uses standard surfboards or boards specifically designed for the purpose. For more, and more detailed information refer to wikipedia.
Fine art prints of people kitesurfing for the walls of your home or office.
Title: The Pull Of The Wind
Title: Control The Wind
Title: Vertical Kite
Title: Airbourne Ride
Title: Liquid Force
Title: Brace Yourself
Title: Sunshine Skyway Bracket
Title: Ft. Desoto Kitesurfing
Title: Upside Down
Title: Flying To The Skyway
Title: Cutting The Waves
Title: Large Wake
Title: Power Move
Title: Hanging In There
Title: Almost On Land
Title: Over The Seagull
Title: And Away We Go
Title: Flying With One Hand
Rafting is a sport where you use an inflatable raft or boat to navigate a river or other body of water. The most common is whitewater rafting on rivers or streams with varying degrees of roughness of water. This has been popular since the mid 1970's.
It started with individuals on one man rafts, often referred to as "rubber duckies," using a two bladed "kayak style" paddle. Today most of it is done in multi-person rafts with a tour guide at the stern that steers the raft, and the occupants using single bladed "canoe style" paddles at the direction of the tour guide.
The degree of difficulty performed by an individual raft is a function of the experience of the crew, the experience and skill of the guide, and the condition of the water. Done corredtly, rafting is an exhilirating, fun and safe way to explore a rivers waters from a different perspective than from the shore. Even non-swimmers can enjoy this safely.
The International Scale Of Difficulty:
Class 1: Very small rough areas, might requite slight maneuvering. Skill level very basic.
Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require some manuevering. Skill level basic paddling skill.
Class 3: Whitewater, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering.
Class 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed.
Class 5: Whitewater, large waves, large volume of water, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering.
Class 6: Rapids are considered to be so dangerous that they are effectively unnavigable on a reliable safe basis. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitwater size waves, large rocks and hazards, and or substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural capacities and impact ratings of almost all rafting equipment. Traversing a class 6 rapid dramatically increases the chance of death or severe injury.
Fine art prints of people rafting for the walls of your home or office.
Title: Running The Rapids
Sailing today is primarily recreational sailing, although there are still some places in the world where sails are used to power boats for passengers, fishing or trading and transport. One of the new innovations in sails is to use fixed sails on large ships as an assist to cut down on the use of fuel.
Recreational or sport sailing is generally broken down into two groups, cruising and racing. Although there is organized racing, I would argue that anytime two or more boats are in proximithy to one another, they are racing. Just ask the captains of those vessels.
Cruising can be anything from day sailing up to and including extended off shore and ocean crossing trips. Most sailors go day sailing in relatively calm weather. Once the wind gets up over ten knots, usually only the more adventuresome sailors take their boats out. For those advemturesome sailors,sailing can be described as long periods of extreme pleasure and calm puctuated by momets of great stress. Not to minimize the danger of weather on a sailboat and its occupants, but the greater danger for them comes from pirates and large ships. It is not uncommon to sail rigging hanging from the anchors of large ships. Large ships don't turn easily and it is difficult for them to see boats much smaller than theirselves.
Racing can be anything from the prestigous America's Cup on down to the local yacht clubs dinghy races. Some racers take it very seriously, some just do it for the fun of competeing. Like all types of racing, whether it is auto racing or any other type of racing, tenths of a second often determines the winner. Quite often the racer that can adapt to conditions the quickest, and make changes the most efficiently, wins: pit crews in autoracing changing tires, a sailboat crew changing tack and trimming the sails for the new conditions.
Fine art prints of people sailing for the walls of your home or office.
Title: A Day Sail
Title: Sailing For Joy
Title: Alafia River Anchorage
Title: Alafia River Sunset
Title: Three Masts
Title: Crystal River Anchorage
Title: Misty Alafia Morning
Title: Tortured By The Storm
Title: Crystal Mist
Title: Dingy Race
Title: Misty Alafia Morning Bw
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