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How To Get Started With Kayaking

Posted on January 21, 2021 by Martin Banks

Naturalists and outdoor lovers are continually looking for new ways to explore nature and spend more time outside. If you’ve tried canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing and jet skiing, now’s the time to try kayaking.

This sometimes thrilling but often serene water sport will give you a stellar workout and let you explore places you’ve never been before. Paddle through bayous, down streams and across lakes as you observe nature from a new perspective. You can even hop in your kayak mid-winter to brave the icy waves and appreciate your snowy surroundings.

Does this kind of adventure sound like something you’d enjoy? Get kayaking with a few helpful tips and tricks that will make your time on the water more comfortable and enjoyable.

1. Pick the Right Kayak

Most people know what a kayak it is, but many are unaware there are many different types. From inflatable yaks to whitewater yaks, there’s something for everyone. However, sit-on-top kayaks are probably the most beginner-friendly.This type of kayak is wider, offering more stability to paddlers. It’s also easier to enter and exit since it doesn’t have an enclosed seat.

2. Gather Your Gear

The only things you truly need in your kayak are a life vest — which you’ll be wearing — and a paddle. However, as a beginner, you may want to bring some extra clothing, sunglasses, water, snacks and sunscreen.

Rashguards can also come in handy if your life vest is a little snug. If you want to bring a phone or camera, keep them in an inflatable dry bag just in case you tip over or accidentally splash yourself.

3. Practice Getting In

If you don’t mind getting a little wet, the best place to enter your kayak is in shallow water. Straddle the kayak over the seat and sit down quickly, pulling your feet in last to keep your center of gravity low.

Once you have this method down, you can try entering from a dock feet first. Find one with a kayak launch docking system to make the entire process easier and more efficient.

4. Paddle Properly

Learning how to paddle will be a huge help once you’re out on the water. Study a few techniques and practice paddling forward and backward.

Learning how to stop, turn and move side to side can also come in handy if you run into any obstacles during your adventures. Focus on maintaining good posture to paddle more efficiently and put less strain on your body.

5. Start Small

A mile might not seem very far on land but, once your paddling, a mile can seem endless. Depending on your kayak, your paddling abilities, weather conditions and route, kayaking a mile may take 30 minutes or longer.

Therefore, it’s best to start small and choose a short route for your first few trips. Pick waterways with few obstacles or stay near the shoreline. Fine-tune your enter, exit and paddling techniques in shallow water, too, in case you tip.

6. Take It Easy

From winds and waves to currents and rain, there are many factors to consider before launching your yak. Take it easy the first few times by choosing good kayaking conditions. Study the weather forecast and projected tide, wind speed and wave height before booking your adventure.

Then, plan to head out in the morning when the water is calmer and paddle against the current during the first half of your trip. When you tire, you can simply turn around and ride the waves back if you please. 

7. Ask Lots of Questions

If you’re still unsure about hopping in a yak all by yourself, consider taking a class or going on a tour. There, you’ll build a foundation, learn proper technique and gain confidence on the water.

Ask lots of questions and don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect — and messing up is simply part of the journey.

Kayak Responsibly

Kayaking offers adventure and new experiences at every turn. During your time on the water, you may get up close and personal with wildlife, enjoy breathtaking views and fall in love with paddling.

Just remember to respect nature during each trip. Yak responsibly by refusing to litter or engage in dangerous activities. As long as you keep yourself and mother nature safe, you’re sure to have a great time.

Can Ireland Seriously Challenge for the Six Nations this Year?

Posted on January 06, 2021 by John Harris

Last year’s Six Nations Championship ended up being a rather strange one for each of the teams involved. As the tournament progressed, the threat of Covid-19 became ever clearer, and in the end much of the tournament was forced into postponement. In the end, England didn’t claim the title until October 31st, over seven months after the competition had originally been scheduled to finish.

For every team, it’s perhaps difficult to read too much into their performances at last year’s Six Nations. It’s fair to say that no particular team stood out, and even though England got their hands on the trophy, heading into the final round of fixtures any of three teams could have ended up winning it, with France and Ireland both in with a shout before England sealed the deal with a win over Italy.

In Ireland’s case, last year’s third-place finish is difficult to analyze given the unique circumstances surrounding their campaign. After all, it was Andy Farrell’s first Six Nations in charge after replacing Joe Schmidt as head coach, and the impact of the pandemic certainly didn’t help as Farrell tried to find his feet in the job.

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Why Manchester United and Gambling Go Together

Posted on January 05, 2021 by Dennis Hamming

Manchester United, one of the world’s most famous football clubs boasting more silverware than any other club in the United Kingdom and over history one of Europe’s elite teams, alongside only Barcelona FC, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Whether you love them or hate them, week in week out they capture a large amount of viewers. With their never say die attitude (well, at least over Sir Alex Fergusons’ 25 years in charge) and high tempo football it’s been a very intense and exciting roller coaster ride for us all! 

Why are slots similar to watching Manchester United?

Watching Manchester United gets the heart beating, a buzz that you may find similar to that in playing slots. They are both built on the same fundamentals. A long, sometimes controversial history. Both were created at very similar times. Manchester United were founded in 1878 and were formally known as Newton Heath L&YR Football Club. The original slot machine was made in New York by Sittman and Pitt in 1891, although very different to the slot machines you find nowadays especially to slots available in an online casino but the concept was the same. Manchester United and slots, although both dont always win, at some stage eventually they will. 

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The Easiest Online Casino Games Proper for Beginners

Posted on December 30, 2020 by Cathy Carter

Have you always wanted to play online casino games, but you don’t know which one to choose? Maybe you started playing selected games and gave up after finding them challenging and losing a lot of money on bets. 

Whichever the case, there are easy games that you can pick and start playing right away without getting frustrated. 

But which are these games? There are many types, but two of them stand out as the simplest and most exciting for beginners looking for fun and a chance to make money.   

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Athletic Wear Made For On And Off The Golf Course

Posted on December 29, 2020 by Peter Martel

Are you perfect in swing and an admirable putter, but lack when it comes to the matching golf wear? If yes, you are in for a treat; here, we will introduce you to some well-known golf apparel brands and authentic style. Let’s get started to add some stylish athletic wear in your wardrobe for the golf course. Get ready to get overpowered with some interesting golf wear ideas.

The right dressing for the golf course

As you embark to another 18-hole adventure, do it in style. Athletic wear will not only create a distinct and attractive identity for yourself on the course but will also make you feel relaxed as you stretch your arms and legs.

While most golf clubs do prescribe the golf attire, however, you have the freedom to deviate a little and create a signature style for your own, something that gets you noticed and draws everyone’s attention.


Well tucked collared or polo neck shirts are suggested, even if you are at the course as a spectator. For ladies, the sleeveless shirts are appropriate on hot summer days. Avoid oversized shirts that may look sloppy. Also, ladies to dodge tank tops or the ones that show cleavage.

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Making NCAA Basketball Predictions for Beginners

Posted on December 24, 2020 by Kumar Vishnu

Basketball can be serious business to a lot of people, and NCAAB (National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball) can be an extremely important part of college basketball for many fans. Even before games start, it is easy to focus on future NCAAB picks, and there is sometimes money to be made in making NCAAB basketball predictions of your own. But why do it, and what is it for?

Why should you make NCAA basketball predictions?

Predictions aren’t just a personal preference that you use to focus on a team that you like: they can be an important way of trying to identify possible upsets and underdogs and can really draw you into the experience. For some people, they are also a good way to make money, focusing on personal or ‘professional’ bets before the games have even begun.

Beginners and newcomers to the idea of predictions need to remember that there is no such thing as a “100% chance” of a particular result – there is a reason that upsets have become so popular, with many players actually hoping for them simply because of the drama and excitement that they can cause.

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    • Matt Snell: Super Bowl Hero
      December 24, 2020 | 4:06 pm
      Matt Snell

      The Vintage Sports Then and Now Athlete of the Month was the key weapon behind the most important upset in pro football history.

      While Joe Namath was the face of the 1968 New York Jets and Super Bowl III, Matt Snell was the backbone of the New York offense and primary weapon during the shocking victory.

      In many ways, the foundation for the 1968 championship squad started to be built in the 1964 AFL Draft when the Jets selected Snell, a star at Ohio State, with the third pick in the first round. Occurring at the height of the AFL-NFL player war, Snell was also drafted by the New York Giants in the 4th round of the NFL Draft (49th overall pick).

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