Introduction to Kayak Polo Gear
Although it is similar to equipment used in other kayaking sports, kayak polo gear is specialized for safety and performance in kayak polo games.
We usually play with a men’s ball in practices, men’s and mixed games. For women-only games we play with a women’s ball, which is slightly smaller and lighter.
The picture shows a men’s ball.
The boats are 9-10 feet long, slightly diamond-shaped, and have bumpers on the front and back for safety.
Polo boats have displacement (rounded) hulls and tend to sit relatively close to the water. Most are scooped at the front and back to make the bow and stern easy to dive. Whitewater paddlers may initially find them somewhat tippy, but they are also correspondingly easier to roll.
Portable Floatation Device (PFD)
There are several different common blade shapes (the picture shows a common asymmetrical shape), but in general they are optimized for a fast, vertical stroke.
Players typically use paddles in the 194 – 210 cm range, depending on the player’s height. Polo players usually use paddles that are slightly longer than an equivalent whitewater paddle, but shorter than paddles used for sea kayaking or recreational kayaking.
As in many other kayaking disciplines, we wear sprayskirts to keep water out of the cockpit of the kayak. The sprayskirt is worn around the waist like a skirt and then grips the edge of the cockpit to keep water out.
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