Who invented the kayak?
Who invented the kayak?

Who invented the kayak?

Let's go back in time to see that depending on the geographical region, men have always sought to move on water.

Eskimos and kayaking

Eskimos in kayak at Noatak (Alaska), 1929.

The Eskimos had developed skirting kayaks Installed seated at the bottom of the boat, the rower has a double paddle. It has a blade on each side of the boat. It is sheltered from bad weather inside the boat.

Native Americans and the canoe

Native American bark canoe
Photograph of Ojibwe Native American women in a canoe on Leech Lake circa 1896.

Native Americans built canoes . We position ourselves on our knees to propel the canoe using our abdominals. On large lakes and large rivers the paddle is a simple paddle. She is on one side or the other of the canoe.

Canoes or kayaks can accommodate several people.

The evolution of kayaking today

Kayaks have evolved a lot: no more psychosis of having your legs stuck. The kayaks are stable and often self-bailing! On a real canoe that you use on your knees, the animal skins have been replaced by synthetic inflatables or comfortable mattresses!

The images of Tony Estanguet or Denis Gargaud Chanut on TV do not show that these athletes are on their knees in their boats.

Kayak Tony Estanguet
Tony Estanguet at the London Olympic Games in 2012. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN

At Canoë France, canoeing is 100% fun! You will find comfortable boats! Let's leave these champions the discomfort of a competition boat. In Tokyo and Paris for the next Olympic events, these champions will fly the colors of France!

Whether on a large lake, on a body of water or on the rivers of France, you will find a moment of escape according to your desires ! From short hours on the water to long-distance trips, from easy roaming to the sporty river, at Canoë France it's 100% pleasure Canoeing!