There are so many fun activities to do in, on, and around the water; thus, making it a difficult choice a as to which way to spend a day in the sun. Whether it’s a creek, lake, river or the ocean, there are may ways to have fun in the water, and stay cool. Surfing is a water sport in which the wave rider, referred to as a “surfer,” rides on the forward face of a wave, which is most often carrying the surfer towards the shore. Waves suitable for surfing are primarily found in the ocean, however, modern-day surfing can also be done in man-made sources such as wave pools.
Snorkeling is a form of recreational diving that allows swimmers to explore the surface of oceans or lakes, and dive to shallow depths. Basic equipment used in snorkeling are the dive mask, fins and a snorkel. The dive mask allows clear vision of the underwater environment without damage to the eyes. Fins allow a swimmer to propel, his or her self, through the water efficiently and with minimal disturbance to the environment. The snorkel is designed to allow you to submerge your face and head at the surface of the water, and still breath.
Additional snorkeling equipment includes; snorkel, vests for floatation, and protective wet suits for cold water diving conditions. Tubing is a water sport that usually takes place on a large body of water such as a lake or river. One or more tube riders, (often called “tubers”) tether their tubes to a powered watercraft, such as a ski boat or a pontoon boat. The riders are then towed through the water by the watercraft. Noodling is a type of fishing for the thrill seeker.
Although the concept of catching fish with only the use of the arm in the water is simple enough, the process of noodling is more complicated. The choice of catfish as the prey is not arbitrary, but comes from the circumstances of their habitat. Flathead catfish live in holes or under brush in rivers and lakes, thus making the fish easy to capture. To begin, a noodler (fisherman) goes underwater to depths ranging from only a few feet, up to twenty feet, and places his hand inside a discovered catfish hole.
Assuming all goes as planned, the catfish will swim forward and latch onto the fisherman’s hand, usually as a defensive maneuver, as an attempt to protect it’s hole. The fish can be particularly large, in which case, the noodler can hook his hand around its gills to retrieve his catch. This sport has been outlawed in several states due to the many dangers, and risks of the sport. As you can see there are a verity of water sports to choose from when you plan your next out door adventure. From surfing crystal blue waters, to taking chanced in a merry catfish hole, there is a water spot to suit every type of thrill seeker.