A Kayak is a narrow watercraft which is moved with the use of a double-bladed paddle. It usually can take 1 -2 people depending on the style and design of the craft. The word kayak originates from the Greenlandic word qajaq.
A traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits where each paddler sits. The cockpit is usually covered by something called a spray deck which prevents water from entering the boat through the cockpit and causing it to sink.
Many modern kayaks now have a sit on top design, which removes the need for a spray deck. this means that you do not need to learn how to eskimo role in order to paddle, which makes them a lot more beginner friendly. It also puts more people at easy when they feel that they do not have to be “sealed” into the kayak.
A Sit On Top Sea Kayak
A Sea Kayak is a kayak that is specifically designed for the ocean and usually has one or two storage compartments that allows the paddler to transport more equipment while still keeping it dry.
An Epic Surf Ski
Surf Skis have be born out of the traditional kayak and a sit on top design. Surf Skis are designed to be lighter and fast than Kayaks, and sometimes have a less stable design. However more and more modern surf ski manufacturers are building stable surf skis which appeal to beginner paddlers.