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My Hobby- Kayaking Ladies and gentlemen I have come here to talk to you about one of my hobbies kayaking A common misconception is that a kayak is the same as a canoe but this is not the case There are a number of differences between a kayak and a canoe the main difference is that in a kayak you are enclosed unlike in a canoe whose cockpit is much like a boat Also a kayak is normally for one person only and a canoe is for a number of people Finally in general a canoe has only one paddle While a kayak has two that are joined together with one shaft The word kayak means hunters boat The kayak was developed by cultures in the arctic of North America for hunting To these people the kayak meant survival Without it they couldnt get food There wasnt much time for recreation To obtain food they used kayaks to hunt in extremely harsh conditions Archaeologists have found evidence that indicates kayaks to be at least 4000 years old Hunting in a kayak was very dangerous Sometimes a wounded animal wound attack the kayak and walrus and whales were especially dangerous when injured Occasionally the harpoon line would tangle and damage the kayak Because the escaping normally was so hazardous these people became quite proficient in the Eskimo Roll where if you get flipped upside down this is called capsizing you flip yourself up again instead of exiting the kayak The reason for this is that in emergencies exiting the kayak into the water was very perilous the animal that they were trying to hunt could be even more dangerous if they were attacked while inside of the water Rolls that are thought of as tricks now were based on actual survival techniques The hunter may have been hurt by a wounded animal or have their hand tangled in the harpoon line and therefore
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