Synopses & Reviews
Kayaking is one of todays fastest growing outdoor sports, and Knack Kayaking for Everyone
makes joining in easier than ever— whether you seek solace on a lake, want to run rapids, or prefer paddling with dolphins. It takes you from store to shore, and beyond. Full-color photos throughout accompany succinct, step-by-step instructions on every aspect of the sport—from what equipment you need to basic strokes, from navigation to rescues and, yes, exactly what to do if your boat tips. Also included are ideas for fun and games and for special paddlers. Over 450 color photos covering:
Recreational * Whitewater
Sea Kayak Design * Gear
Storage * Launching & Landing
Strokes * Rolling * Signaling
Navigation * Rescues * First Aid
Weather * Expedition Planning
Care & Repair
Knack Kayaking for Everyone is the most visually driven and yet informative guide to every aspect of an aquatic sport whose popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. The first chapters comprise an idea-packed buying guide to kayak design, kayak features, accessories, and gear. The book then presents step-by-step information on transporting, launching and landing, basic and advanced strokes, techniques, navigation, rescues, and expedition planning. In addition, it fully explores recreational (flatwater) kayaking, whitewater kayaking, and sea kayaking, providing instructions for each. Ideas for fun and games and special paddlers (children, the elderly, the handicapped) are also included, as are chapters on weather and first aid.
Knack Kayaking for Everyone is aimed at both beginners and casual paddlers, covers both sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking. There are no good, public statistics on the crossover among practitioners of sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking. Modern recreational kayaks, however, are useful on still water and in relatively slow streams (Class 2 and maybe low-flow Class 3), theyre relatively inexpensive, and a lot of paddlers these days start in them and use them in a variety of water types. Thus there is a lot of crossover among beginners and casual paddlers.
About the Author
Bill and Mary Burnham
are the author of two award-winning books, Florida Keys Paddling Atlas
and Hiking Virginia,
both FalconGuides, and are also the authors of Knack Car Camping, The Complete Florida Beach Guide, Day Hikes Near DC,
and numerous other Falcon books. The couple guide kayak trips, write for several publications, and post their adventures on
burnhamvirginia.com and BurnhamGuides.com.
Stephen Gorman is a photographer and writer whose photo-essay books include Northeastern Wilds. His work has also appeared in Knack Car Camping, Knack Canoeing for Everyone, and Knack Dog Care & Training, and in such magazines as Outside and Audubon. Visit the photographer at www.stephengorman.com. Eli Burakian is a freelance photographer. Visit the photographer at www.burakphotography.com.