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Anchor  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Although there are many designs, an anchor is essentially a hook used to grapple and hold the boat to the river bed to stop or slow the movement of the boat. For a kayak, usually 3lb and 5 lb anchors are used.

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Beam  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Widest point of a boat, generally in the center where the seat is located.

Blade  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The wide, flat pieces at either end of a paddle used to push the boat through the water.

Boof (Boofing)  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A whitewater term. The technique used to prevent the bow of your boat from diving underwater when you paddle over a drop. Taking a stong forward stroke just as you boat goes over a drop.

Booties  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Waterproof socks with rubber traction on the sole-- they are constructed from the same waterproof material as wetsuits.

Broadside  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The whole side of the boat from the bow to stern.

Buoy  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A flotation device usually used in deeper waters that is attached below the surface of the water in order to mark a location.

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Canoe  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Any manually-propelled craft with pointed ends, this means kayaks as well. Commonly, however, this term is used to refer to Canadian-style Canoes.

Chute  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A point where a stream narrows, causing water to speed up. This is the point in a stream where rapids are often found.

Coaming  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The raised border on the deck of boat: a raised edging around the cockpit or hatchway of a boat for keeping out water and somtimes supports a hatch lid.

Cockpit  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
This is the portion of the Kayak that the paddler sits in and extends his or her legs into, including the seat portion of the boat.

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Deck  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
This is the uppermost part of the kayak including the top of the bow, top of the stern, and entry portion of the cockpit. Usually where you will find bungee systems or storage hatches.

Draw Stroke  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A technique used to pull the kayak sideways.

Dry Bag  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A plastic bag whose open end is often folded over multiple times and shut with Velcro to stop water from getting in.

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Eddy  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A calm point in a river near the shore that is away from the main current.

Edging  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A maneuver used mostly in longer, harder to turn boats in which a kayaker leans to one side, tilting their boat in the water. This causes the boat to turn opposite to the leaning side, allowing a paddler to control the path of their boat without interrupting a steady paddling rhythm.

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Fiberglass  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Fine filaments of glass that are woven together into incredibly strong and light fabrics. The most expensive kayaks are often made of these.

Flatwater  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Bodies of water with very little to no movement. This term is also used to describe the type of kayaking done on this type of water I.E. Flatwater Kayaking

Flood Plain  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Flat area along the bank of a river that shows signs of occasional flooding.

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Grip  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The areas where a paddle is meant to be held.

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Hatch  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Small storage areas on a kayak, often waterproof or water resistant.

Headwind  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Wind that is blowing opposite the direction of travel.

Hull  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The lowermost part of the kayak that is actually in the water. It's the portion that keeps the entire kayak afloat.

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J-Stroke  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A technique in which the paddle is turned to keep the kayak on a straight course, essentially functioning as the boat’s rudder.

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Kayak Cart  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
An item attached to one end of a kayak in order for it to be wheeled and more easily transported on land by one person.

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Paddle Sports  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Any type of canoeing, kayaking and rafting.

Port  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
To the left of the kayak.

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Racing Stroke  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A technique that incorporates a high stroke with arms held out and elbows high with a loose grip on the shaft.

River Bend  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
An area where the direction of a river or stream changes direction

River Left  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The left side of the river from the kayakers heading (similar to “stage left”)

River Right  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The right side of the river from the kayakers heading (similar to “stage right”)

Rudder  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Often a vertical blade attached to the stern of a kayak made of wood, plastic or metal that is used to control the direction of the boat. The paddle can also be used as a rudder in a technique called a j-stroke.

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Seam  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The connection point between the top and bottom parts of kayaks that are constructed in two parts. This part of the kayak is usually a different color than the rest of the boat.

Single Kayak  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A kayak designed for one paddler.

Spray Skirt  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A skirt made of nylon or neoprene that is worn around the paddlers waist and fits securely over cockpit opening to prevent water from entering the boat. A mandatory piece of equipmen when paddling in wavest for whitewarer or learning to roll a kayak.

Stability  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
How simple or difficult a kayak is to flip. The width, design of the hull and height of the boat all effect this.

Starboard  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
To the right of the kayak.

Stern  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Back end of a kayak.

Swamped  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
When your kayak has taken on a substantial amount of water or is completely filled with water.

Sweep Stroke  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A technique in which the blade is moved in a wide curve. This serves as both a method of moving the kayak forward through the water as well as efficiently controlling its direction.

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Tailwind  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
Wind that is blowing in the direction of travel.

Tandem Kayak  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
A Kayak designed for two paddlers.

Throat  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The connection point on a paddle where the blade and shaft meet.

Tracking  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The ability of a kayak to travel in a straight path.

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Waterline  Print this definition  Create a PDF file 
The level or height of the water outside the hull of a kayak.

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