Kayaking a popular pastime in Mallorca

Missing at Sea: Kayakers in Torremolinos have still not been found. Credit: Shutterstock

KAYAKS were created thousands of years ago by the Inuit of the northern Arctic regions. They used driftwood and sometimes the skeleton of whale, to construct the frame of the kayak, and animal skin, was used create the body. The main purpose for creating the kayak, which literally translates as ‘hunter’s boat’ was for hunting and fishing.

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak sits low in the water and is similar to a canoe.

The paddler however sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle to pull on one side and then the other.

German and French men began kayaking for sport and Kayak races were introduced in the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936 and since then are popular for both competitions and recreation. The island of Mallorca is an ideal spot for sea kayaking. Experienced paddlers can simply hire a kayak but the novice would be advised to arrange an experienced guide who will not only instruct them but will know some of the best places to go.

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