San Diego, California; January 2010
Before I saw these paddlers in San Diego, I thought stand-up was a comedy genre not a sport. I’ve since learned that stand-up kayaking is all the rage in paddling circles. Apparently the sport started in Hawaii and is favoured by anglers because of the better manouevrability when casting a line. The pioneers of the sport just used regular kayaks but I understand that these days you can get specialist equipment.
It’s fairly warm year round in San Diego so you can see these paddlers aren’t wearing a lot of clothing, even though it was early January when I took the photo. I guess the exertion of the sport is enough to keep them warm and if they’re any good at it, they won’t need to get wet either.
Me? I’ve only tried sit-down kayaking but it was in a much colder climate – Spitsbergen in the High Arctic.
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