When Did Kayaks Come Out?
Kayaks were first used thousands of years ago by the Inuit and Aleut people of North America. They were made out of animal skins stretched over frame-like structures. They were coated in whale fat to keep icy water outside, and paddlers sat on seal bladders filled with air. This was a form of hunting, and kayaks became a crucial part of their daily lives. But what happened when kayaks started being used for transportation in general? 2 person fishing kayaks
Kayaks were initially used by Inuit and Aleut peoples of North America for hunting marine mammals. They may also have originated in Siberia. During the early 1800s, they were adopted into European and French cultures. This explains the wide variety of designs that kayaks came in. Today, kayaks are used for many purposes, including hunting, recreational use, and exercise. And since they are so versatile, they can be converted into anything from a toboggan to an oceanographic vessel.
In the 1970s, the kayak industry exploded in the U.S., with many companies making kayaks for the first time. Eddyline, for example, developed the WT-500 as a beginner-friendly kayak. Its first touring design, the Orca, was introduced in 1978. In the same year, Wilderness Systems, a whitewater boat company based in North Carolina, bought the rights to produce the Seafarer kayak and made it the world’s best-selling kayak.
As the kayak industry developed, so did the materials used for making them. The Eskimos used driftwood and whalebones to build kayaks. They wrapped the frames with seal sinew, then covered them with caribou skins to protect them. As Europeans began to use kayaks, Germans invented a collapsible kayak made of rubberized canvas. This invention made it possible to transport kayaks over land. Modern polyethylene kayaks are made by a variety of methods, but most are moulded.
The first kayaks were used for hunting in cold waters. But after the 1936 Olympics, the popularity of kayaking in the U.S. increased, and kayak races became a common sight on ocean bays and slow rivers. It became so popular that the Olympic Games included kayak races. A thousand-meter race, for instance, became a popular event. And by the 1990s, kayak races were even included in the Olympics.
The history of kayaks is interwoven with Canada’s. Not only have they played an important role in land exploration, but kayaks also played an integral part in settling the continent. As Canada’s 150th birthday approaches, we may want to celebrate this rich history by using kayaks as part of our Canadian adventures. After all, the first kayaks were crafted from fiberglass and rubberized fabric. Then, rotational molding made plastic kayaks much smaller and stronger. Today, most kayaks are made of polyethylene resin, with a few crafted from sturdier materials.