Wow! Great job by Discovery as they show us a suspenseful snippet of how dangerous kayak fishing can be in Hawaii. The guy had to cut off a shark off the line!
Wow! Great job by Discovery as they show us a suspenseful snippet of how dangerous kayak fishing can be in Hawaii. The guy had to cut off a shark off the line!
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggght! Watch these crazy kayakers do something fun & crazy: kayak all the way down a sewage drain…:
There’s a special thrill that is felt when we come into contact with nature. Paddling against the waves while kayaking will definitely get your adrenaline running and leave you yearning for more. If you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors, then kayaking is a great place to start. If you are aiming to become a pro, you need to play your part towards getting there.
A kayaking competition is an opportunity to compete against the big sharks and perfect your skills and confidence. These are the top 10 tips that will make you a better kayaker:
1. Be Cautious
Although kayaking can be fun and breathtaking, you should do your best to keep the excitement under control. Colliding with the waves is definitely thrilling, but not as much as approaching and overtaking your opponents. Although the goal is to reach the finish line first, always consider the other competitors. Before you surpass your opponents, study them and employ the best tactics when approaching them. Making the wrong move in the wrong place will bring it all to an end before you can prove yourself to the judges.
2. Be Prepared
Before the big day, ensure that you have everything you need. Have a list with you, checking off the items as you pack them. You don’t want to get to there and realize that you’re missing your life jacket or the main component, your paddle. If you are a pro kayaking champion, you have to be keener than most people. There have been cases of opponents damaging other competitors’ kits in the hopes of sabotaging their chances. If possible, you should store your gear in a secure place where only you have access to it, since you’d rather be safe than sorry.
3. Keep It Healthy
You can have all your gear and other essentials in check, yet have the day ruined by an upset tummy. If this happens, you’d probably never forgive yourself, so take precautions. Bathroom troubles are your worst nightmare when participating in a kayaking competition. Every kayaking competitor should keep away from foods that don’t agree with them a day before the event. It’s understandable that the anticipation, excitement, and anxiety may be nerve-wracking, especially the night before the event, but you should also keep away from beer or any alcoholic drinks. A hangover doesn’t sit well with the rocking motions of the kayak on the water.
4. Adequate Rest
It is necessary to rest your body adequately before the big event. After all, you depend on it to keep you going and hopefully emerge the winner. Eye bags under the eyes is your body’s way of telling you that it hasn’t had enough sleep. Only you understand your body, so you know how much time you need for it to be completely rested. However, the experts advise that you sleep for no less than 8 hours per night.
5. Observe Time
Imagine how frustrating it would be to wake up and realize that the competition started an hour ago. These things happen, especially if you haven’t planned for it very well. Set your alarm an hour or two before you have to walk out the door. Eat your breakfast early enough to give it ample time to digest. Take a shower to freshen up and awaken you fully, pack up your gear and give yourself enough time to get to the site on time.
6. Stick To Your Routine
Panic can be your worst enemy when it comes to kayaking competitions, or ANY competition. It is advisable that you maintain the same routine as the other training days. Keep calm, review all that you’ve learned, and focus on the fun part of the event and how easy it’s going to be now that you’ve had a lot of practice. Focusing on the negatives will only set you up for failure. Remember, sticking to the routine will enable your body to stay calm during the competition.
7. Incorporate Some Music Into It
Music is soothing, hence advisable to compile a relaxing, yet motivating playlist. Listen to it on the way to the competition. This is a vital step so be tactful when compiling the list. Music that dampens your spirit will interfere with your self-esteem so steer clear of that. On the other hand, the music shouldn’t over-energize you into thinking that this is the time to try something new or drastic, as it may spell doom not only for you, but other competitors as well.
8. Warm Up
Before the competition begins, it is advisable to perform a little bit of a warm up. This prepares your body and mind for the task ahead. Take care not to exhaust yourself though. Paddle slowly after doing some nice stretches and drink enough water to stay hydrated if it’s hot outside. Also put on some sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
9. Channel Your Mental Focus
Everyone has that one thing that boosts their confidence. Some socialize with other competitors, others spend time with their fans, while others scroll through their previous competition photos to remind them of how amazing they are. Find an activity, memory or view something that gets you in the mood to win.
10. Keep Cool
There is no guarantee that things will run smooth during the competition. Kayaks overturn, paddles break, competitors surpass you, your arm gets a cramp that interferes with your ability to paddle, etc. You should never throw a fit in full view of your fans, judges, and sponsors, as it will taint your image. Keep it cool and work towards overcoming the obstacle. The smile doesn’t have to be genuine, it just has to convince your sponsors that you’ve got this!
Kayaking competitions are fun, so stay focused on that and everything else will flow naturally. Fear and panic will magnify even the smallest challenges, hence interfere with your mental focus and your chance of winning. Get some moral support from your family and friends for some hype and motivation. Remember, you’re only as good as you think you are!
If that question sounds insane to you, then you are of the normal mindset! Check out as this Youtuber goes kayak fishing with one of the best bass fisherman in the world… IN THE EVERGLADES. YEP! Have a lookie lookie here:
Look, y’all, so being a kayaking enthusiast, I know that kayaking is plain fun for me, but have you stopped to think about how beneficial this activity is for your body and mind, both? In this article, we broke down 14 health and social benefits of kayaking so if you weren’t aware of how great it can be for you, now you know:
1. Cardio Workout For Weight Loss
One of the most direct and predictable benefits of kayaking is the burning of calories for weight loss. Kayaking might look nice and peaceful in pictures, but rest assured it is a lot more demanding than it appears with the constant paddling, whether it is with or against the current. The constant isotonic movements as you paddle acts as a form of cardio that burns calories and helps you to lose weight.
2. Improves Muscle Tone
In addition to burning calories, paddling during kayaking offers you the benefit of improved muscle tone. The same principle of isotonic movement applies here and the resistance from the water more or less acts in the same way as weights and resistance machines at the gym would. The best part about kayaking for improved muscle tone is the fact that pretty much all of your muscles are engaged. However, it is the arms, legs and the core that benefit most from the toning.
3. Improves Endurance
If you are one of those people who cannot go up a flight of stairs without stopping about a hundred times to catch your breath, then kayaking is probably something that you should try. The slow and steady pace on still waters gives your body time to adapt to the increased metabolism and oxygen demand. This is in contrast with other workouts that do not allow slow and steady buildup of endurance. With kayaking, the slow approach ensures more long lasting endurance and exercise tolerance which is good not only for your muscles, but for the overall health of your heart.
4. Improves Joint Flexibility
It seems that paddling in your kayak is responsible for all the benefits and improvement of joint flexibility. The constant forward and back movement of the shoulders, wrists and elbows helps to improve joint flexibility gets rid of stiffness. This also applies to a few other joints not involved in the paddling, including the hip joints and the knees. The result is the elimination of stiffness and rigidity which can not only be painful, but also debilitating in severe cases.
5. Exposure To Fresh Air
Whether you live in a leafy suburb or a pollution ridden metropolis, there is no denying the fact that nothing on earth compares to the benefits of clean fresh air. Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience this beautiful gift of nature. The fresh air helps to clear the lungs and detoxify your body by increasing the concentration of oxygen in your blood. Kayaking helps you enjoy this not only by exposing you to nature, but also by forcing you to breath deep through constant physical exertion.
6. Sun Exposure For Vitamin D
Kayaking is an outdoor activity and being outdoors means that you are exposed to the sun directly. This is a major health benefit, as it ensures that your body absorbs one of the most important ingredients in synthesis, vitamin D. This vitamin has several functions in the body, but the promotion of calcium absorption in the gut and bone formation are without a doubt the two most important.
7. Improves Mental Health
Kayaking offers the perfect combination of exertion and relaxation. It’s almost like someone joined yoga and aerobic workouts, threw in a bit of outdoor love and voila! Here, the slow and steady motion is again to thank as it promotes relaxation and contributes a lot to stress relief. Exposure to the beautiful and quiet outdoors also contributes to improved mental health. The release of endorphins during physical exertion is the icing on the cake, making this one of the very best ways to relax and free your mind from all stress.
8. Improves Aerobic Capacity
In simple terms, kayaking improves your body’s ability to adapt to low oxygen conditions without having to turn to anaerobic metabolism. This means that you have less to worry about in terms of muscle cramps and fatigue as a result of lactic acid build-up in the muscles.
9. Adrenaline Boost
Kayaking is usually done on slow moving water. However, it can be done on fast moving streams and rivers, in which case it is referred to as whitewater kayaking. This is every adrenaline junkie’s dream as it is one of the best ways to get an adrenaline boost. It has several health benefits including improved mental clarity, improved heart function and burning calories as a result of increased adrenaline in the system.
10. Improves Reflexes And Hand-Eye Coordination
These benefits also apply with kayaking done on fast moving water. In this case, you have to make fast decisions and act on them with just as much haste and agility. This is how kayaking contributes to improved reflexes, ensuring that you recognize threats and act on them quickly, even in ordinary day to day activities.
11. Team Building And Bonding
Kayaking is never fun when done alone and is therefore one of the best ways to enjoy the company of friends, family or even colleagues. Whether you are paddling lazily through a still stream or pretty much paddling for your life in whitewater kayaking, it is bound to be a team building activity that everyone will enjoy.
12. Oneness With The Outdoors
A good number of people these days spend very little time interacting with nature. In fact, for most people, the routine is home, car, work, repeat. Kayaking helps eliminate the monotony of this routine by giving you a chance to enjoy the outdoors and get in touch with nature.
13. Productive Pastime Activity
It is said that idle hands are the devil’s playthings. Therefore, instead of wasting your free time with pointless activities, you should give kayaking a try. It is more or less the ideal pastime activity with the perfect combination of health benefits and outdoor exposure that anyone can enjoy.
14. Improves Self-Esteem
Finally, kayaking indirectly contributes to your social life by improving your self-esteem. This is made possible through many different means including weight loss and toning, adrenaline boosts among thrill seekers, and the joy of overcoming different fears as with whitewater kayaking.
…& if you don’t, frankly, your vision must be going 😛
There is a reason San Diego is known as America’s Finest City. While we take flack for our waters not being as warm as Florida, San Diego is amazing in every aspect imaginable. But, why take our word for it? If one picture is worth a thousand words, then thirty-nine pictures should be worth, oh say, a gazillion words, hm?
Have a look. Enjoy! Fall in love with America’s Finest City 😉
[Note: Click on interested picture to view it in better quality.]
#1. Mission Bay
The Perfect Sunset At Mission Bay By Justin Brown
#2. Mission Bay With Happy Sheltie
#3. Mission Beach Mural
#4. La Jolla Cove
#5. La Jolla
#6. La Jolla Shores
#7. Torrey Pines Reserve
#8. Torrey Pines Beach
#9. Torrey Pines Glider Port
#10. Torrey Pines Trail Sunset
#11. USS Midway
#12. Full View Of USS Midway
#14. Seaport Village
#15. Seaport Village Pond With Ducks
#16. Seaport Village From Distance
#17. Ocean Beach
#18. Ocean Beach Pier
#19. Sunset Cliffs
#20. Sunset Cliffs Overview
#21. Point Loma Overview
#22. Sunset Cliffs
#23. Yes, More Of The Sunset Cliffs
#24. Cliff Divers On Sunset Cliffs
#25. Aerial View Of Pacific Beach
#26. Happy Doggy At Pacific Beach
#27. Dog Beach at OB
#29. Coronado Bridge
#30. Point Loma
#31. Solana Beach
#32. Fletcher Cove – Solana Beach
#33. Aerial View of Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
#35. Imperial Beach
#36. Imperial Beach – Pier
#38. Moonlight Beach
#39. Silver Strand Beach
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In all of my time in Southern California, hiking the trails of Torrey Pines Reserve has become one of my most favourite activities. While this space is all about kayaking, I have been wanting to write a few in-depth articles about my hiking activities.
Let me start this with sharing this. About 3 years ago, I decided I was tired of my own excuses. I became angry with myself. I had gained 40+ lbs during my university years and 10 years after that, my weight still haunted me. Don’t get me wrong: if you’re happy with how you look, more power to you. But if you’re not, by all means, take the steps to do whatever it takes to achieve your happiness.
In my anger, I decided that I would no longer stand for my own excuses. That no matter what it took, I’d keep going until I achieve my weight goal. So, I decided to hike.
At the time, I wasn’t big into hiking but I knew of Torrey Pines Reserve. I decided I would start there and hike 3-5x a week, for 2 hours every time…
… and 3 years later, I have lost 44 lbs.
It’s funny how things come back around. So, today, I bring to you my own personal knowledge that I’ve gained on these trails I now call home.
The first thing you should know about Torrey Pines State Reserve is that if you park outside by the beach (not once past the fee booth), you can park for free. If you park out there, it’s a mere 10 minute walk to the base of the hill. Plus, if your purpose is to sweat a bit, parking by the beach towers isn’t a big deal.
If you’re going on a holiday or at peak rush times, expect to wait anywhere from 5-15 minutes on average for a parking spot to open up. 90% of the time, you’ll find something within 2-10 minutes. Last time I checked, parking costs were $10 so if you want to do this a few times a week, it’s better to try that free parking 🙂
Two Tips So Far: Avoid rush hour and opt for free parking.
While we’re at it, let’s get you up-to-date on what I consider…
- No dogs allowed anywhere
- NO food on the trails, the beach is okay. Water is permitted on the trails
- No smoking is allowed
- Whatever you pack, you take it with you. There are no trash/recycling bins in Upper Reserve
- Unless you park in the beach lot, parking is around $10
- Bring a few waters!
- If you want to walk the beach, make sure to check out when high tide is. A couple of times, I’ve had to walk through the water 🙂
- This is just a caution: remember to stay away from edges
- The cliffs ARE unstable. Do NOT walk under them. In the last few years, I have seen parts collapse. Read the signs and follow the rules and you’ll be fine
Why Torrey Pines State Reserve?
Before you judge me, just know that these pictures were taken over two years ago when I didn’t own an iPhone. I owned an ancient Verizon phone which I thought took stellar pictures. I will be updating these pictures in the next few weeks…
Torrey Pines must be where heaven and earth meet…
The first thing to note about Torrey Pines is that… it’s like a moving painting. The views are ridiculously picturesque, like a moving painting, so freakin’ scenic! I mean, have a look for yourself:
That’s the view from the parking lot.
Another thing that I adore about this hiking spot in San Diego is that there are many hiking trails to choose from. In fact, if you find the Beach Trail too easy, you can combine it with other trails such as the short and sweet Guy Fleming trial or the Broken Hill trails.
Basic Torrey Pines Trails Information
There are several trails to choose from. Once you park, you will see that little hill. Now, you can choose to go up that hill and then select one of these following trails or come down the Beach trail and walk the beach back to your car (that’s my favourite route). From the beach, you can also walk to Black’s Beach, which is a clothing optional/nude beach.
Anyways, here is some basic information regarding the trails… quick notes, with details following (hey, I don’t want to bore you to tears!):
- Guy Fleming Trail – 0.7 miles; easy and flat. You can do this within 15 minutes or some amazing views.
- Parry Grove Trail – 0.5 miles; looks intimidating due to the steep steps, but that’s the most difficult part 😉
- Razor Point Trail – 0.7 miles; easy to moderate with amazing views.
- Broken Hill Trail North Fork – 1.2 miles; one of the longer trails. A bit secluded but a great workout.
- Broken Hill South Fork – 1.3 miles; similar to the North Fork. Great workout but can be challenging.
- Beach Trail – 0.75 miles to the Beach; most popular trail and one of my favourites. I’m never bored and I get to walk the beach.
- Coastal Chaparral
- Torrey pine (What the reserve is named after… extremely rare!)
WildLife To Expect At Torrey
In the times that I have been on these trails, a few of the things I’ve seen have been a whale I sighted while on the Beach Trail, dolphins, rabbits, cacti and seals. Other wildlife that I have not spotted but does exist:
This week, I will be navigating every trail and taking details pictures and notes so I can share them with you here.