A Kayak is a small, relatively narrow, human-powered boat primarily designed to be manually propelled by means of a double blade paddle. The traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler. Their cockpit is sometimes covered by a spraydeck (or "skirt") that prevents the entry of water from waves or spray and makes it possible for suitably skilled kayakers, to roll the kayak: that is, to capsize and right it without it filling with water or ejecting the paddler.
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Military Kayak Budget Cuts. Kayaking is the use of a Kayak for moving across water. Kayaking and canoeing are also known as paddling. Kayaking is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle.
A kayak is defined by the International Canoe Federation (the world sanctioning body) as a boat where the paddler faces forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle.
Most kayaks have closed decks, although "sit-on-top" kayaks are growing in popularity, as are inflatable kayaks which come without decks but which have air chambers surrounding the boat.
Whitewater kayaking involves taking a kayak down rapids, weirs and waterfalls. Sea kayaking, also referred to as ocean kayaking or touring, involves taking kayaks out on to the ocean or other open water such as a lake. It can involve short paddles with a return to the starting point (or "put-in"), or expeditions covering many miles and days. Kayaking of all kinds has become more popular through the 1990s and early 21st century.
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Pat Keller Survives 100 Foot Drop in Kayak From Ozone Falls in TN. Three kayakers scouted Ozone Falls and its 100-foot drop that no one had dared run in a kayak previously and saw it raging after the torrential rainfall in the Southeast. "Honestly, it looked like...you could knock yourself out or break your back," Chris Gragtmans told Canoe & Kayak.
Scared, but knowing it was possible to run, Pat Keller geared up for a first descent of Ozone Falls in Cumberland County, Tennessee.
In case you're wondering, there is a good reason Keller didn't capture video from his helmet camera. The camera ended up at the bottom of the pool beneath Ozone Falls, which has been called by kayakers as the Holy Grail of the Southeast. Watch the incredible drop:
After the drop, in which Keller ditches his paddle halfway down (below photo) and loses his helmet camera, the crew measured the height of the falls at 101-102 feet. By comparison, Niagara Falls is 167 feet.
"The impact's exponentially larger the higher you get...talking bone-breaking, face-smashing, any of the bad things--knocked unconscious, break your neck," Keller said.
So Keller ought to be thankful that his only casualty was his helmet camera.
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