According to the Outdoor Industry Association, kayaking is the fastest-growing human-powered activity in the U.S. From 2001 to 2002, the sport grew 14 percent, and today it boasts more than 10.5 million avid followers. Want to join in the fun? Then check out the top-quality kayaks from WaterMark ( or, which offers a range of selections perfect for everyone — from the novice to the expert — then head for open waters. For ocean kayaking, our favorites are the Sea of Cortez (pictured), and the islands off the coasts of Maine, California, and Vancouver Island. River kayaking enthusiasts will want to paddle the middle fork of the Salmon River, Potomac River (around the Great Falls,
Virginia area), and California’s American River.
— Anna Fialho