Is English language weird or kayakists just not go

4 years 6 months ago #24284 by Korrigan
Is English language weird or kayakists just not good at naming stuff ?

I hope my title is not too provocative but there is something I always wondered and I never saw any info about it.

Why the name "surfski" while these kayaks are not (usually) used in the surf but rather on waves...

and "waveskis" are used in surf and not waves :whistle:

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4 years 6 months ago #24285 by hakkum
Historically the first version of what we now call ski was used in the surf, hence the name.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surf_ski#History

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4 years 6 months ago #24286 by Flowmaster
You can surf waves outside the surfzone, you might find some video's on that :)

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JUST LEAVE FOOTPRINTS

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4 years 6 months ago #24291 by Hiro

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4 years 6 months ago #24295 by Korrigan
Thanks to all for the replies. So to summarize mu understanding, surfskis originally looked like waveskis:



"This 1919 picture establishes
Harry McLaren as the first
maker of surf skis. "

Getting longer they kept their names ans while waveskis appeared in the 70ies, they had to take this name because the name surfski was already taken. I still think it's a pity the 2 names are not switched.
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