No doubt, kayaking has become a recreational activity that every day brings more fans. It does not take an expert in sports to enable him to manage, so only due to excitement, to know the basics and enjoy nature!
Menorca island is perfect to carry all kinds of sports connected with the sea. With a kayak, you can enjoy breathtaking cliffs, numerous sea caves, in addition to hidden coves virgins get exclusive access by sea. Go with the sea breeze in this paradise island by renting a kayak in any of the companies involved in it. It is a regenerating experience!
Kayak types, types of equipment, techniques and advice
Here are information about the material, parts, lessons, equipment, techniques and tips to become familiar with this beneficial sport:
Building materials affect the durability and performance of the kayaks. The most common and recommended for beginners or occasional use them are plastic. Alloy similar but are more resistant polycarbonate. Like the plastic is recyclable.
More durable, lightweight, functional, resistant to sun and obviously more expensive, are fibreglass. Moulds are usually made in two pieces which are then attached. Finally, craft Kevlar (registered trademark) hold a fibre stronger than the glass itself, are lighter, durable, expensive and difficult to repair.
Essential parts of a basic kayak, stern, rudder, retractable rear access hatch, backrest, rudder ropes, bath, seat, hip snaps, keel, deck strings, pedal, bulkhead, the hatch above estribadura space above, painter and bow.
Types of kayaks: traditional kayaks (cacao rigid hollow tub), inflatable kayaks (easy to carry but likely to burst) and removable, folding kayaks(light, rigid, slow, stable, and expensive compared to a conventional one). Then there are specific according to activity: recreation, hiking, fishing, slalom, sit on top, …
Standard equipment: Wheel (the poles of the blades can be aluminium, fibreglass or wood, and leaves, carbon fibre, fibreglass, plastic or polycarbonate.) Leashes (straps that attach the paddle with the kayak rower or wrist), wearing personal flotation (flotation vests-the most widely used padding-buoyancy compensators), and skirt and “cubre cubiertas” to prevent the water from the tub, etc. Cover pumps, portable, stand, electric, bailers, helmets, waterproof bags, … are some of the necessary equipment to experts who make frequent use of the kayak in less peaceful environments. In Menorca, any company that rented the boat will give you basic equipment necessary to succeed safely.
Techniques and Tips: First, when you take the shovel to stop the same separation between the hands and elbows. With the blade on the head, elbows are at right angles.In each stroke you should consider 3 factors: propulsion, maneuvering and support.
The kayak forward more or less, depending on the drive. The soft corrections due to small changes in the propulsive stroke, allow one or other maneuver. Also, the more vertical feet on we do not support the more efficient the propulsion. The foot support adapted to increase the potential pushes you can give us the sea.
The larger the stroke path (straight and as close as possible to the hull), get more speed. The torso should be vertical, never leaning back. Regular movements, are smooth and coordinated the secret of this entertaining activity. The essence is to move the boat, not water!
The muscles of the torso (abdominals, back and chest) should be responsible for doing the work, to avoid overloading the arms. With effort and perseverance will get a fine workmanship and more rested.
With regard to technologies include drive (put the shovel away from you and perpendicular to the kayak so that when the zoom in, the kayak is moving toward it), caching (which is used in competition to stabilize before the output is given. It is to pretend that you spread butter with the back of the spoon over the toast-water, producing a reciprocating motion of small amplitude, which will give you support), the slap (is to give a resounding blow on the water with the back of the spoon rather flat on the same side where the kayak heel) and overturning and emptying (if you suffer a reversal, leaving the kayak upside down to avoid the more water it and try to get close to water or a quieter side to empty it. Put it parallel to the shore and just gradually empty the sponge or bailer after placing it on its side. If you do not have utensils, lifting the bow can leave most of the water, and place your feet in the bath with a gentle swing drain water without much effort.
In closing, to mention some advanced techniques to further progress in the practice of this activity: the so-called Extensions (types of movements of the hands on the pole), money advanced, technical corrections and postural …
In short, now you know all the relevant aspects to immerse yourself in a unique, fun and healthy. Come and let Menorca love for its crystalline waters, its hidden coves, caves, and the colourful marine diversity that lives and thrives in a sea cut by numerous civilizations.
Kayak routes in Menorca:
1. Maó – Cala Mesquida – Es Grau
2. Es Grau – Port d’Addaia – Son Parc
3. Son Parc – Fornells – Cap de Cavalleria
4. Cap de Cavalleria – Els Alocs – Cala Morell
5. Cala Morell – Ciutadella – Son Xoriguer
6. Son Xoriguer – Cala Galdana – Sant Tomàs
7. Sant Tomàs – Cala en Porter – Binidalí
8. Binidalí – Punta Prima – Maó
Specialized companies furnish you any information on possible routes, and their duration.