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Different Types of Water Sports

Water is an ideal sporting medium. There is an increased margin of error, enhanced skill set with increased physical exertion and strength required, in most water sports. Plus it makes a great spectator event. For a competitive spirit, the thrill of a jet ski race or the beauty of a synchronized swimming meet is like no other. Below some popular types of water sports are listed along with a short description. They are divided, based on team or solo events and also dual, where the sport can be performed in solo and as a team.

Solo Water Sports

Wind Surfing
The radical technique of surfing combined with sailing know-how and skill, is what wind surfing is all about. The equipment used here is a surfboard with a sail fixed on a movable mast. The windsurfer has to move with the waves to control the board at the same time, manage the sail according to the winds. This is a surface water sport and there are a lot of competitions, both local and international as well as an Olympic event for this sport.

Fishing
This water sport can be a lazy, relaxed activity or a frenzied and highly competitive sport. There are different types of fishing sports from big-game fishing to fly fishing and deep-seas fishing. The species and quantity of catch required, depend on competition rules and area of fishing (sea, river or lake).

Jet Skiing
Race across the water’s surface on a high powered speed machine. Jet skiing is basically racing over a body of water on a one man watercraft machine. Fancy stunts and tricks like flipping, jumping over a ramp can be done with freestyle jet skiing. Competitive racing is also done between 10-20 racers over a set course.

Wakeboarding
Imagine surfing while being towed along by a high-speed boat. That’s wakeboarding in a nutshell. The board here is a wakeboard, a specifically designed board with fins and weights, to allow the rider to manipulate the board with his/her feet. This sport is partially inspired by snowboarding and is often performed on smaller water bodies like lakes.

Skimboarding
Again a board sport but with a twist. Unlike surfers who start deep into the waves by swimming to deep parts of the ocean, skimboarders start at the beach, wading with the board into the wash of previous waves. They then catch the next wave back to the beach. The board is smaller than a surfboard. Skimboarding can be done in lakes and rivers as opposed to surfing, which requires a large body of water.

Team Water Sports

Water Polo
This sport is very energetic and involves a full body workout, as players must swim and defend the ball as well as try to score in the opponents goal. It’s a lot more like handball played in water rather than polo. This sport is very intense and competitive, with a lot of strategies and techniques involved in the gameplay. There are numerous competitions and it is a very old Olympic event as well.

Rafting
Thrill-seekers and extreme sports aficionados treasure this action-packed, water sport. An inflatable raft must be maneuvered over rather rough or dangerous water by a team of around 4-12 people. This sport is a famous leisure sport, an ideal vacation sport and depending on the location and water current speed, slightly dangerous.

Duo Water Sports

Water Skiing
Another water surface sport, water skiing is basically skiing on water. An individual uses 2 skis or a single ski, to skim or glide along the surface of water and is pulled along by a high speed powerboat, with the help of a ski cable or rope. On a competitive basis, show water skiing and slalom skiing are followed, along with standard dual skiing.

Diving
What’s there to it, step off a board and jump. Actually this water sport is a little more complex than that. Particular diving and jumping forms and rules exist and in some cases, acrobatics while falling or mid-air, must be performed. In addition the height of the jumping platform and the depth of the pool are added considerations. Diving is a very popular and intensely competitive Olympic event. It can be done solo or synchronized, where 2 divers must mimic or perform opposite diving forms, while diving simultaneously.

Other water sports are :
Kite Surfing
Scuba Diving
Underwater hockey
Underwater rugby
Canoeing
Kayaking
Parasailing
Synchronized swimming
Those were the different types of water sports, classified by number of participants. To sum up, sometimes water sports can be dangerous or extreme, other times action packed and full of thrills, whether for leisure or competition, their appeal is universal.

By Rave Uno

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