The Evolution of the Whitewater Kayak

I forget, sometimes, just how “new” many of the kayakers today are to the scene and what seems like common knowledge to myself and peers, is often quite vague or even unknown historical information to most people. With an influx of new paddlers each year (40% of new kayaks are sold to people who just started that season) and paddlers who fade away and take their knowledge and information with them, history becomes blurred. If you talk to anyone under 40 years old they were not around during the evolution of the kayak, which started around 1992 and didn’t slow down for 15 years, but much happened that seems lost to many.

Read: The Evolution of the Whitewater Kayak, by Eric Jackson.