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All You Need to Know About Canoeing

Since Canoeing became an Olympic Sport in 1936 it has gained a huge following, and has become a popular choice for betting enthusiasts. Initially considered as purely recreational or a form of exercise, the sport has advanced over time, and today there are many types of Canoeing to be enjoyed.

The most popular professional forms are Sprint Canoeing, Canoe Polo and Canoe Marathons. While each of these disciplines brings much excitement, betting on Canoeing makes it even more riveting.

Betting on Canoeing

In this technologically advanced age, there are plenty of sports available to bet on, so why choose Canoeing? What makes betting on this sport so enthralling is that there are many potential outcomes to any given paddle. There are no certainties in this sport, and players have shown that they enjoy betting on games with less certainty than others. For instance, if you are watching a football match, there is a choice of two teams for the win. When it comes to Canoeing there are many participants, and as there are many possible winners to choose from, the betting odds are lower. The rush that comes from winning with lesser odds is undeniable. As there are many participants to choose from, there will most likely be fewer people betting on the winning athlete, and therefore the sweep will be even bigger.

Types of Canoeing

One of the most popular forms of the sport is Sprint Canoeing, which is what most people will be familiar with. In this form, an open-boat canoe is used and is propelled by either one, two or four paddlers in a kneeling position. Distances raced are generally between 200m and 1000m, and of course the lesser the approximation between the canoe and the water, the faster the canoe goes and as such narrower canoes are used for this sport.

Another discipline of this sport which attracts a lot of attention is the Canoe Marathon. This variation sees athletes paddling over large distances generally with a time limit. One very popular competition sees competitors paddling over 540 km and they have just 88 hours to complete this course. Many tournaments occur in segments of rivers and contain obstacles which have to be avoided.


It is hard to pinpoint exactly when canoes where first used, but it is widely believed that the oldest form of the canoe is the ‘Pesse’ which originated between 8200 and 7600 BC. Originally made from hollowed-out tree trunks, the canoe was used for transport, trade and even warfare. Canoes were a popular choice for traders, and at the height of this trend, canoes were being built to accommodate up to 12 people, as well as almost 2,5 tonnes of cargo. Many don’t realise that the design of the canoe has remained relatively unchanged over its thousands of years of use, but rather the intended purpose has changed. While it still remains a hollowed out shell with pointed ends, it is no longer widely used as a form of transport, but rather as a recreational or professional choice for many athletes.

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