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Sam OBrien

Kayaking In Washington DC – 8 Must-Paddling Spots In & Around The Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC, is known for many things – namely, its museums, memorials, the National Zoo, and the Metro. And let’s not forget that it’s also the home of the political …

What muscles does stand up paddle boarding work
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Sam OBrien

What Muscles Does Paddle Boarding Work?

If you’re new to paddling sports, you’re probably convinced that it’s primarily about arm strength – and I wouldn’t blame you for it. Most people assume the same thing.  When …

What are Paddle Boards Made Out Of
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Sam OBrien

SUP Construction Explained – What Are Paddle Boards Made Of?

Many factors will play into your SUP’s performance, weight, durability, capacity – and, ultimately, price tag. And SUP construction is one of those factors.  What are paddle boards made of, …

Paddle Board Size Chart
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Sam OBrien

What Size Paddle Board Should I Get: SUP Sizes Explained

You want a SUP that is stable and capable of supporting your weight. But you also want a board that is maneuverable, relatively fast, and able to provide an overall …

Kayaks For Hire - Boat Shed On River
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Sam OBrien

Kayak Rental – Everything You Need To Know About Renting Kayaks 

There are many reasons to make kayaking a part of an active lifestyle – the mental and physical benefits being some of them.  That doesn’t mean that you should buy …

How Much Weight Can A SUP Hold
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Paddle Board Weight Limit: How Much Weight Can A Paddle Board Hold? 

You can never be too safe when it comes to water activities; we can all agree on that. And while on-the-water safety generally implies wearing a PFD and following certain …

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Who Is Behind This Site?

Hey, I am Sam. one part of the three man team here at WaterSportsWhiz.com.  For the past 20 years I’ve been progressively discovering the world of water sports.  Trust me when I say that I’ve only barely touched the surface, the subject is as deep as it is wide.

Boats & Boards

Best Sit-On-Top Kayaks

Best Sit-On-Top Kayak In 2022: Top 9 SOTs That Are A Cut Above The Rest

Sit-On-Top Kayaks are a popular choice when it comes to types of kayak and it’s easy to see why.  They offer a variety of positive benefits over their Sit Inside siblings which makes them a more attractive option in many kayaking situations.   But, how do you know if a Sit-On-Top …

Equipment & Accessories

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Whitewater Kayaking Gear List: Everything A Paddler Needs For Running Rapids

Deciding that you want to get into whitewater kayaking is the easy part. But then you start thinking about the equipment you’ll need for running rapids – and that’s where things tend to get tricky. Just look at the extensive range of kayaking gear available on the market today. It’s …

Knowledge & Know-How

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What Muscles Does Kayaking Work? 6+ Muscles That Keep You Paddling Forward

Kayaking can be such an out-of-this-world relaxing experience, so much so that it hardly ever feels like exercise at all. Until the next day, that is, when the muscle soreness kicks in – and you can’t help but wonder:  What muscles does kayaking work? Expert paddlers make it look effortless …