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Skill Building
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Nature Enjoy, preserve and protect favorite paddling places.
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Profiles Meet kayak designers & adventurers
Kayak Stats
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Surfing
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White Water Yes, some sit-on-tops can be good river boats.
Sailing Rig up a kayak sail or a kite & you're off like the wind! Learn how!
Diving A sit-on-top kayak is the best option for scuba & snorkeling.
Kayak Clubs updated 2010 - & Water Quality groups. A current list of clubs & Meetup Groups.
Calendar
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Yak Makers Comprehensive list of sit-on-top kayak makers with links.
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We are a website that pulls together the best in the sport to help you be skilled and safe in all your kayaking endeavors. Supported by Tom's TopKayaker Shop we also serve as a source for hard to find parts for all makes and models of kayaks.

Our Articles welcome you to the world of Sit-on-top Kayaking. TopKayaker.net is your on-line resource for information about sit-on-top and open-cockpit, self-bailing kayaks; however, this information has proven relevant for paddlers of all types of kayaks, beginner and expert alike, participate in article submissions as well as our lively forum.

Are you looking for an alternative to a canoe or a decked kayak? Feel confined in a spray skirt? If you are interested in paddling a sea kayak, river kayak or just want to float about on a lake or pond, you will find the information you need to get the most out of your paddling efforts right here. Paddlesports enthusiast are using these revolutionary self-bailing, open-top kayaks for all aspects of traditional paddling and expanding their use into other watersports. Scuba diving, snorkeling and spear fishing, as well as pole fishing are becoming popular pastimes with this new form of open-deck kayak. Ocean surfing on a waveski or scrambler is a thrill. You can use a sit-on-top for exercise or outdoors adventure like touring, wilderness camping, nature exploration and bird watching.

If you are, or want to be paddling in flatwater or whitewater, riding waves in a rockgarden, or racing a surfski, then this is where you will want to be when you are not on the water. In these web pages you will be able to learn all about sit-on-top kayaks through reports and articles as well as by sharing your own knowledge in our Sit-on-top Forum. From simple questions about how to attach your backrest to your boat; choosing a paddle; determining the difference between a bowline and a lifeline; what kneestraps and a paddle-leash are for, to discovering new paddling destinations and partners; new boat designs for your particular needs; schools, clubs & outfitters.

Check in with us regularly and share in the diversity of this fun human-powered sport.

We look forward to paddling in cyberspace with you.

Tom Holtey, ACA Certified Coastal Kayak Instructor, PADI Certified Open Ocean Diver, NOLS Graduate & Author of "Sit-on-top Kayaking, A Beginner's Guide," "Tandem Sit-on-top Kayaking," "Kayak Navigation Basics," & "Cold Water Kayaking."

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