Synonyms for playboating or Related words with playboating
Examples of "playboating"
The competitive side of
is known as freestyle kayaking (formerly called rodeo).
This general convention however is disregarded in many scenarios present in
Kayakers and canoeists regularly use the weir for practicing whitewater skills and
Several whitewater disciplines are supported: Whitewater Slalom (Canoe & Kayak), Freestyle Kayaking (
) and Canoe polo.
The white water facility offers kayaking, whitewater slalom,
and white water rafting plus surfing on the 'surf wave'.
Symonds Yat Rapids are a grade 2 man-made feature at Symonds Yat used by canoeists and kayakers for whitewater training and
An artificial whitewater course (AWWC) is a site for whitewater canoeing, whitewater kayaking, whitewater racing, whitewater rafting,
and slalom canoeing with artificially generated rapids.
Symonds Yat Rapids are a grade-2 man-made feature on the River Wye, near Symonds Yat on the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire border. They are most commonly used by canoeists and kayakers for whitewater training and
is mainly done for fun, but competitions are also popular. Paddlers have a set time to perform as many moves as possible, and score additional points for style.
Some of these weirs along the river have good
qualities. The river is long and mostly flat and dotted with weirs at most of the villages it passes through.
Today some weirs are often used recreationally by kayakers and canoeists for activities such as whitewater slalom and
. Specifically, Hambleden Weir and Boulter's Weir have EA sanctioned modifications made to them for such use.
The Yampa river is a popular conduit for water sports like fishing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking (
). The grade II-III whitewater run through town ends with two surfable holes. One is called "D-Hole"; the other one—near the library, close to the Steamboat Spring—is named "Charlie's Hole" or "C-Hole" for short, after local kayaker Charlie Beavers (1981–2002). Beavers started kayaking at age 12, was the first to explore a number of rivers ("first descents"), and successfully contended in
competitions. He died in a non-boating accident in 2002. The hole and some kayaking events were dedicated to him.
Playboaters are a very diverse crowd, primarily because of the wide range of skill levels
can accommodate. Generally in regions where
is more popular than creeking or river running due to the surrounding rivers, beginners will enter the sport of kayaking in a playboat, or a cross over boat. This group of kayakers if often supported by either a paid instructor, club, or skilled paddling friend who often supplies instruction, gear, safety and clean up support. Beginners, club paddlers and lesson groups are generally friendly and welcoming to newcomers, and typically only paddle in warm weather months to avoid the need of buying expensive cold water gear.
has grown in popularity in recent years due to innovations in boat design. Modern playboats are made from plastic which is much more robust than glass fibre or wood. Playboats typically have much less volume in the bow and stern than dedicated river running kayaks. This allows the paddler to easily dip either end underwater.
Despite sales of playboats increasing, it is regularly claimed that participation in
events is decreasing (that "rodeo is dead"). However, events such as the National Student Rodeo have seen entries increasing year on year, and that interest in the sport is as high as it ever was.
In recent years, Rock Island State Park has become popular with kayakers, who use the river for
. Below Great Falls Dam is a series of rapids with a well-known, constant, retentive "hole" that allows playboaters to hone their whitewater kayaking skills, riding the wave, spinning, rolling and performing other tricks.
Dobbs Weir has had a long history serving the watersports community, as the sluice gates after the v-drops could be changed according to the flow of the water. Especially in winter months after heavy rain the weir could be changed into a formidable feature used for whitewater training or
The wave has been surfed by river surfers since 1972, and surfing competitions have even been held. Due to the more recent development of
, kayakers have only more recently and so far not in great numbers started to surf the wave.
The Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club gives lessons on the flat water lake and the course, which is also used for water safety and water rescue training. It also hosts rafting,
, slalom; kayaking plus squirt boaters, open boat canoeists and wild water racing.
is sometimes performed on dynamic moving features such as haystacks (large boils) and whirlpools, or on flat water (this is often referred to as flatwheeling). Playspots are found on natural whitewater, on artificial weirs, on artificial whitewater courses, and occasionally on tidal races in the sea.
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