As kayaking catches big wave, authorities cite rookie risks

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As kayaking catches big wave, authorities cite rookie risks

U.S. kayak sales are up 55 percent to $335 million since 2009, according to a trade group, as more people choose a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors.
What’s sometimes overlooked is boater safety, say law enforcers who are rescuing rookies who underestimate the risks of paddling in big open water like the Great Lakes.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson shows off a warning sign he plans to displaying in Port Austin, Mich.
im Schuster, left, and Kevin Hull return to a Lake Huron marina in Port Austin, Mich., after finding waves too rough for their kayaks.

As kayaking catches big wave, authorities cite rookie risks

U.S. kayak sales are up 55 percent to $335 million since 2009, according to a trade group, as more people choose a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors.
What’s sometimes overlooked is boater safety, say law enforcers who are rescuing rookies who underestimate the risks of paddling in big open water like the Great Lakes.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson shows off a warning sign he plans to displaying in Port Austin, Mich.
im Schuster, left, and Kevin Hull return to a Lake Huron marina in Port Austin, Mich., after finding waves too rough for their kayaks.
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