Growing up by the sea, I’m no stranger to water sports, and was keen to get back in the water as soon as the sun started shining again! I’ve been kayaking since I was a teenager, going out more and more every year. I met my boyfriend two years ago and since then he’s been showing me the ropes of fishing and outdoor cooking too!
Before now I’ve been using a spare kayak that he had, and before that I used to borrow kayaks from a friend. I’ve finally got my own kayak to go out on the water whenever I want, hurray! I choose the lightweight and fast, Fatyak Kaafu kayak with a komfort seat back and paddle. Fatyak are a British kayaking brand based out of Somerset who manufacture a line of easy to paddle, affordable, durable and innovative products designed for all levels.
The kayak body has 2 x dry storage hatches for safe keeping, 2 x paddle parks and 1 x drain plug, complete with deck loop fittings. The Kaafu is full size measuring Length = 3020mm, Width = 770mm, Height = 300mm.
It is lightweight, ideally for women weighing a mere 20kgs with the capacity to hold 130kgs. It was essential that the kayak was lightweight so I could independently lift the kayak on top of my roof rack, even after having a work out on the water! This is perfect when I want to go out with the girls and leave the men at home!
The cockpit has 2 large rubber hatches which stayed dry during my trip out around Falmouth, keeping my belongings safe! The kayak is easy to manoeuvre, with staggered foot braces for resistances, as well as optional leg straps available online. It’s very comfortable and their is a range of optional seats to attach to your kayak.
The Fatyak kayak is a one piece rotationally moulded kayak, no seams no joints and is manufactured using high grade high density UV stabilised polyethylene. It has moulded in padeye fixings giving unsurpassed leak protection.
Special thanks must go out to Fatyak Kayaks for providing me with the Kaafu for review purposes. You can see their full range by visiting the Fatyak site http://www.fatyak-kayaks.co.uk/
Picking a bathing suit that fits one’s body sort can have an bit of a minefield. Fashion hunters educated on their body sort can search for styles that flaunt their best characteristics, and hide away the nasties! Deciding one’s body sort is simple: all that is needed is a measuring tape, and the rest is all below!
Defining your body shape
Pear shape: If your hips are altogether more extensive than both your waist and bust, you’re most likely a pear.
Apple shape: If your waist is essentially more extensive than your hips, and equivalent to or almost as wide as your bust, you could be an apple.
Hourglass shape: If your bust and hips are about the same width, however your waist is altogether more diminutive, you’re an excellent hourglass.
Straight (otherwise called ruler or banana shape): In case you’re thin all around, with no critical contrast between your hips, waist and bust, you’re a straight shape.
Choosing the right swimsuit colour
Pick colors and fabrics that will highlight your best characteristics and downplay your less-adored parts. The mystery to a great bathing suit is attracting the eye to the most complimenting parts of your figure; this will help you to feel more good and looking your best. Here are some fundamental tips to take after:
To highlight a characteristic you like, try on a vibrant colour to attract attention.
To conceal something you don’t prefer, consider going for a dull shade.
If you have pale skin, use dark or profound gem tones, for example, purple and maroon.
If you have dull skin, bright shades can additionally be complimenting. Go wild!
To add volume, (for example, to the bust or hips), pick a piece with unsettles around there.
To shroud volume, (for example, on the waist), use shirred or ruched fabric.
Don’t be reluctant to purchase pieces that don’t match! Let’s assume you need to highlight your bust however draw consideration far from your hips. You may purchase a swimsuit best in a splendid robust or example, and a base that is a dim dark, blue or tan (contingent upon the top).
Choosing the right swimsuit shape
One-piece will conceal your waist. Pick a piece with shirred boards in a dull colour. A high-waisted 1940s-style costume can additionally help conceal a waist. Tankini will highlight your waist, in light of the fact that it attracts the eye to the area of skin that is indicating. Boys shorts make your hips look more extensive, paying little heed to colour. In the event that you have a huge bust and need the hips to match for an exemplary hourglass shape, pick boys shorts.
High-cut two-piece bottoms make legs look longer. In case you’re short, or you’re long in the middle, this is a great choice. Halter tops attract the eyes to the bust, as do triangle tops. Additionally, tie-front two-piece tops attract the eye to the bust, and in addition pulling the bosoms closer to each one in turn, adequately making them look bigger. In the event that you have little bosoms and need them to look bigger, this could be a great fit.
Bandeau tops will make the bust appear more extensive. In case you’re a pear shape and you need to mirror a hourglass shape, pick a bandeau top with unsettles. For an enhanced bust, search for a straight crosswise over cut at the highest point of your bathing suit with wide set straps to minimise your bust. Attempt a swimsuit top with an under-wire and a thick midsection band for additional backing. A thick midsection band will anticipate shaking so that the bra stays where it ought to be and you can’t drop out.
Last but not least, select the bathing suit suitable to its essential use. It’s pointless purchasing a string swimsuit on the off chance that you anticipate swimming laps or surfing; it’ll be drifting off right away, humiliating you no end.
Swimming outfits are decently constrained as far as animated workouts in a pool or the ocean, yet a more robust tankini might hold tight no issues. Sports bathing suits frequently have added characteristics to help with help, streamlining and solace, so look at them in case you’re anticipating accomplishing more than keeping cool by the pool.
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Kayaking is not only great fun, but also a great work out. Whether you’re seeking a casual day trip or brave in nature, your experience gets considerably greater when paddling in sea water. You need to begin somewhere so I’d recommend learning the ropes with an experienced friend or join a kayak club before plunging your oar in the water. You don’t need the top rated water sports products but they surely make some things easier and more comfortable.
Are we jumping a bit ahead for you? If you’re still looking at buying a kayak then head over to my review of the Fat Yak Kaafu – it’s perfect for beginners.
Prior to launching
Before setting off, remember to bring the essentials with you. I’ve written a post about what you should take on a short day trip when kayaking here. Be sure to dress for the water and not just the weather. You can see the surf forecast online at Magic Seaweed. It’s important to consider the wind and how this will affect you on the water. It’s you’re new to kayaking then try and go on a flat day.
I always make sure I pack a litre bottle of water with me (sometimes if it’s boiling hot, it’s worth taking another bottle!). I keep one in-between my legs within my kayak, and another in my dry bag, secures on the boot of the yak. It’s worth taking snacks too, as all that paddling can get tiring. It’s usually quite a long day out, by the time you get your equipment together, get to the beach and launch. During the summer we could be out from 7-8am and not get home until gone 8pm! Quite often we take a BBQ with us, and set up camp on a private beach.
I’ve been using my HP c150w 8MP underwater waterproof digital compact camera for my kayaking posts. I bought it for when my boyfriend and I went to Spain before Christmas. It’s waterproof up to 3 meters and takes up to a 32GB memory card. Additionally it has two screens, rear facing 2.7 inches and front facing 1.8 inches. It’s not the best quality but it beats using a small dry bag and potentially damaging my DSLR, and was a complete bargain for £55 on Amazon.
Always pack sunscreen! I’m not usually one to burn, but I’ve made the same mistake one too many times, and now never forget sunscreen. I went out last year and it was over cast so I didn’t bother, I ended up coming back looking like a complete lobster, it wasn’t a good look! Be sure to re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours and use a waterproof lotion.
I’ve recently invested in an pair of C Skin wetsuit 5mm boots in addition to my wetsuit. They have been a God sent when transporting the yaks up and down the beach to the water. Forget cold feet, peddle sore feet or getting stung by a weaver fish. I genuinely love my new boots!
Where do you keep all this I hear you ask? There are compartments in my Fat Yak Kafuu, however I store most of the above, along with my towel in my Lomo dry bag 30L daysack. It’s just a simple back pack that is water tight and robust for all weather conditions!
This daysacks have complete carrying system with waist belt, chest strap and twin comfortable shoulder straps. The back is padded and comfortable. Please note that the small, zipped compartment is not as dry as the main compartment as water can penetrate the zip. I didn’t notice this and my lip balm now tastes like sea salt 🙁
What to wear kayaking
This time of year I go out wearing a wetsuit over my bikini, complete with my wetsuit boots to protect my feet. The last thing you want is to be caught a couple hours out when a stormy clouds interrupt your trip, and trust me, it get’s cold on the water in April!
Both my boyfriend and I both have the O’Neill Superfreak wetsuit, so we kind of look like a pair of power rangers! Best features about this suit: It front-entry as opposed to rear entry, so no zip digging into your back when you’re kayaking! It’s stylish and has a pocket and string to attach your keys for safe keeping.
When it’s hot I usually opt for a bikini, but sometimes that’s a little brave if you’re living in England. Instead I’ve been wearing a gorgeous Seafolly rash vest with a front entry zip – perfect when it’s a little breezy out.
Hold the oar with a light grasp. This permits you to control your kayak while staying adaptable and eliminating your chance of straining a muscle. Swift movements with the paddle will increase and keep your direction steady. It’s similar to driving, just focus on the direction you want to go. (Tip: Keep your nose adjusted to the focal point of the pontoon and indicating forward).
Your GPS and iPhone or Android are ideal apparatuses to bring paddling (try the Lifeproof case for your phone). Never rely solely on technology though, as if your battery or signal goes, you don’t want to be left in the lurch. Additionally, never kayak alone, especially as a novice. Bring your friends upon your voyage and make a day of it. Why not bring a BBQ to have a break on a private beach half way?