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Our Readers Favorite Stories Of The Year

Did you miss out on the most popular Adventure Kayak stories of 2017? Hopefully it was because you were too busy on the water. Paddle forever and check out these stories.

1) How To Strength Train For Kayaking 

There are many ways of improving kayaking performance. The obvious one that most paddlers go to first is simply paddling more. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, the gains from this alone are limited and you quickly run out of time unless you are a professional athlete. One mode of training that most paddlers neglect or struggle to do well is strength training in the gym or at home. Smart strength training can have a huge impact on kayaking performance.

Read how strength training will help you become a better paddler…

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Photo: Eric Carriere

2) Top 5 Mistakes When Buying A Sea Kayak 

Purchasing a new kayak can be a fun but overwhelming experience. Before I bought my first sea kayak, I looked to more experienced paddlers. I noticed there was a popular model the majority of paddlers at my local kayaking club owned. I figured that since these people had more experience than me they had already done the research, weighed the pros and cons and bought the best kayak out there.

Read the five biggest mistakes here…

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Photo: Harry Daley

3) 4 Yoga Poses For Kayakers In The Off Season

Slippery sidewalks, days and nights spent inside, and constant daydreaming about the summer paddling season too often define the cold winter months. As this pattern repeats itself, tension begins to build in the body and mind. A regular yoga practice can help melt away any physical stress and bring the mind back to the present from its almost magnetic attraction to the paddling season.

Check out these useful poses…

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 Photo: Virginia Marshall

4) Emerging Trends In Sea Kayaking

I think we’ll continue to see a movement towards more technical paddling skill development versus traditional journeying skill sets. More people are seeking out certification as a way to hone skills for rock gardening, paddling in current and surf, or just for a fun day out, rather than looking to develop skills for longer trips.

Check out the trends that pros have seen coming…

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5) 8 Books Every Paddler Should Read

Need some quality reading material for the winter months? In no particular order—and recognizing that there are countless other intriguing paddling books—here are eight inspiring paddling tales from around the world.

Check out these 8 books…

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