Kayaking & Stand Up Paddle Boarding
is the perfect activity for people with a love for the water. May it be taking the whole family on a tour through the local waterways, or the solitude of just you and the environment, kayaking & paddle boarding is a great way to get out and get moving. At Seal Sports we have a wide selection of Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards. So whether you are on the water for sport and fitness, peace and relaxation, or fishing and camping, Seal Sports would like to be your source for all things Paddle!
"With a paddle in hand, you choose the purpose, you find your direction, and you set the pace!"
– Joel Luker
Kayaking Kayaks were originally developed for hunting and fishing by the Eskimos. They were made by stretching a seal skin over a whalebone skeleton. Over the years, we have moved away from this manufacturing technique. However the sport of kayaking continues to evolve. Today's kayaks have many different designs for multiple uses.
Recreational kayaks are designed for the casual paddler interested in fishing, photography, or a peaceful paddle on a lake, or river. Compared to other kayaks, recreational kayaks have a larger cockpit for easier entry and exit. They also tend to be wider for more stability.
Sit-on-top kayaks come in different paddler configurations. Sit-on-top kayaks are particularly popular for fishing and SCUBA diving, since participants need to easily enter and exit the water, change seating positions, and access hatches and storage wells.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) or in Hawaiian "Hoe he'e nalu", is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and has reemerged as a way for surfers to paddle longer distances. As well as being embraced by the fishing and boating communities.
Supporters cite the ease of learning as a key to its popularity, with beginners becoming comfortable in as little as an hour of training. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is also popular with women.
Custom surf shaper Jimmy Lewis, created one of the first modern production boards, the All Around.
River SUP'ing is gaining popularity with boaters due to the skill and agility required to navigate rapids and obstacles. As well, more and more fishermen are choosing a SUP for its ability to access otherwise unreachable locations. Stand up paddle surfing is now the fastest growing water surf activity because it allows a wider range of athletic types to get involved and SUP surfers need not schedule around high and low tides.