Six Must-Read Books About Kayaking
Kayaking is an activity that can easily become more than a sport. Those of us who love it know the feeling of letting our minds drift to early mornings spent gliding through smooth waters or chopping our paddles through roaring rapids. If kayaking has become more than just a hobby for you, the following must-read books about kayaking should be on your shelf.
Sometimes it’s not easy rolling out of bed to get your kayak session in. Even though you love the sport, the thought of the cold water or frigid winds might make keeping under the sheet seem irresistible.
Wait till you hear about Freya Hoffmeister. At 46 she had already mastered sky diving, gymnastics, marksmanship and was a contestant of the Miss Germany competition. Instead of calling it a wrap, Hoffmeister set out on a year-long jersey around Australia with nothing but a kayak. Still lacking motivation?
Whether you just began kayaking at sea or you’ve been doing it for years, this is an invaluable reference. It covers equipment, an array of techniques, weather and navigation practices. Don’t take to the open waters of the sea until you’ve read this book.
While the last book is a necessity to anyone drawn to the idea of kayaking on the open sea, Broze and Gronseth’s contribution deserves to be read as well. Equal parts suspenseful and instructive, this book will be a fun read for any kayaker, even those who prefer sticking to lakes. The great thing about this book is, although there are plenty of heart-pumping stories, the authors make sure to use them as teachable moments you can utilize in similar situations.
We’ve all been there: invited a friend to enjoy some kayaking only to find out doing so in tandem is no easy task. Sit-on-top two-person kayaks can be deceptively difficult to navigate. It takes no time at all for them to take the fun out of the best intentioned trip. Fortunately, this book covers everything you need to know to handle a two-seater with grace and confidence.
While there are more high quality kayaks on the market than ever before, many dream of making their own someday. This book is an excellent guide to doing just that. It takes you through the materials you’ll need and the techniques you must utilize. Best of all, it does so in easy to understand language and with helpful photographs for illustration. Kayaking can be a very personal experience, so it’s only right that many would like to heighten that feeling by building their own craft. By the end of this book, you will know everything necessary to build your own kayak.
Depending on how you look at it, Rosenblatt’s memoir either has nothing to do with kayaking or everything. The book is about the grieving process he went through after the loss of his daughter. But the personal meditation will sound familiar to many people who are used to the solitude that can come from kayaking alone.
There are countless other books out there on kayaking for those who just can’t get enough. But the above volumes should cover a healthy cross-section of what’s out there and the best of those categories. Who knows? Spend enough time out on the water and your personal attempt might make the list next time. Drop us an e-mail via the contact us page if you’d like some more recommendations, personally.