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Discussions of Electric Motors on Kayaks at Tournaments Have Anglers Starkly Divided

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Discussions of Electric Motors on Kayaks at Tournaments Have Anglers Starkly Divided

Man-powered versus electric motors; tournament anglers have weighed-in and it isn’t pretty.

There has been a recent surge in social media threads lately concerning electric motors aboard kayaks, and anglers have been going at it like never before. The community of kayak anglers in the U.S. has long prided itself as a group of people that are friendly towards one another, very helpful with information and prideful in the low-impact way they utilize natural resources.

Kayak tournaments are often held in meet and greet settings, with entertainment and food, and have been growing in numbers of participants along with prize winnings; culminating in the record setting payouts at the 2015 KBF National Championship which concluded recently.

Companies like Torqeedo, which happens to be a headlining sponsor for the 2016 KBF National Championship, and their development of an ultralight electric motor and kit for installation, have been at the center of the recent debate.

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