KAYAKING AT THE PUMPKINS
“The universe changes when you go kayaking,” the athletes say. From the surface of water, nature along the coast looks different. And you are completely new to perceive the body of water. It excites, and sometimes scares, with its unpredictability. Experienced kayakers warn: either you will love kayaking from the first trip, or, most likely, you will not board the boat anymore. This water sport catches once and for all.
The idea of kayaking on an extreme pumpkin was inspired by pumpkin harvest festivals, which take place everywhere. For Native Americans, this solar product has been nutritional for centuries. Passion for the fetus was inherited by the sailing colonizers.
In the twentieth century, the epidemic of pumpkin gigantomania spread throughout the world. And the indefatigable imagination of the Americans prompted them to an extraordinary experiment: to make a single-vessel vessel of huge pumpkin. A hole was cut to the size of the rower and the internal contents were removed. The fruit turned into a kayak, and the participant could start.
For the first time at the Harvest Festival, pumpkin races took place in 1999 in Canadian Windsor. That was the beginning of the annual pumpkin regatta. Single pumpkin vessels were made from fruits weighing more than 90 kg. To “get equipment” for such races, you need to work hard – to grow a rich harvest of sun fruit. Pumpkin rowing competitions are now traditional at many harvest festivals. Hence, the most popular pumpkin kayaking is marine (recreational).
On October 23, 2013, the British Dmitry Golitsyn set the Guinness world record for pumpkin kayaking in The Solent Strait. An artist of Russian origin covered a distance of 100 meters in 1 minute 56 seconds. For such a ship, this is an amazing result.
The swim was complicated by wind at an average speed of 3 km / h and ferries that constantly ran nearby. Due to the lack of streamlined shape, a giant head moves slowly along the water. Accelerating even with oars is not easy. The record holder was helped by strength training.
Once a pumpkin kayaker joked: “When pumpkin heads come together, you don’t know what to expect.” In September 2014, in the US state of Utah, the obsession with extreme people reached a whole new level – pumpkin rafting. Four were involved in a crazy campaign. Among them were farmers who grew a huge plant weighing more than 540 kg.
At dawn, athletes delivered a “kayak” to the shore of Colorado. The choice of the river was much crazier than the idea itself and the weight of the pumpkin. Rafting on fast-moving rivers requires excellent equipment, serious physical preparation. The line of movement is difficult to see. It’s difficult to swim in a pumpkin: a kayak made of a giant fruit is slow and strives to tip over. Extreme sportsmen picked up a section of the river with rapids of the third category (out of five existing). Kayakers admitted that they entertained themselves with the hope of just swimming a little in a pumpkin to get new thrills.
The alloy was a success. Each of the four participants passed a rather significant section of the river. Roy Ross Bowman humorously told how a search and rescue service discovered their kayak some time later downstream. From far away, the inverted fetus looked like a victim of drowning. Rescuers wondered where the pumpkin of such large sizes appeared in the river.
Each has its own peak. Someone masterfully demonstrates skillful technique, diving into waterfalls in a picturesque jungle. Someone rafts on a pumpkin on a rapids river. Roy Ross suspects: he who did not swim on a pumpkin does not know the taste of victory. So, there is a great future for kayaking in all its manifestations.