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Add Kayaking, Canoeing, Rowing as Activities on Strava

Rosie
suggested this on February 27, 2012 01:45 PM

Add the ability to mark activities as Kayaking, Canoeing, Rowing on Strava

 

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Admin C.

Great idea.  The data is useful: it would be helpful to associate it with the correct type, rather than workout or ride.

March 30, 2012 09:20 PM
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Warren Bruce

I've used Strava to record surfski (kayak) races but cannot find a "kayak" or "surfski" or "paddlesport" heading.

April 05, 2012 08:26 AM
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Noel Michelson

I too would like to see kayaking included as activities.

April 08, 2012 10:45 PM
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Warren Bruce

Dear Strava Support, could you add a heading "Paddlesports" for us surfski, kayak, and stand up paddleboard racers? My race season has started and I'd like to use something more descriptive than "workout".

April 09, 2012 08:10 AM
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paul clement

Ditto this in a big way!  In fact, the data I collect when paddling does not need elevation beyond the initial setting.  For whatever reason the elevation varies considerably and that is not necessary.  We would only need to know the elevation of a particular paddle (lake at elevation or sea level) for the whole duration.  Thanks!

April 19, 2012 09:51 PM
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Nick Moss

Strava is Perfect for Kayaking/paddlesports. Segments work along river courses or around the edge of lakes and simple "Fastest KM" etc is also perfect. Please include "Paddling" to be generic or Kayaking, Ski Paddling, Standup Paddling, Rowing to be more specific...  Thanks

April 23, 2012 11:57 PM
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Kevin G.

Another vote for at least a generic paddling group if not more specific. Thanks.

April 27, 2012 10:20 AM
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Alyse Egner

Rowing would be a great addition, especially for club and university crews keeping track of course records. More than one "paddling" category needs to be added, since the distances and speeds of the subcategories are so widely varied.

April 27, 2012 04:09 PM
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Beau Whitehead

I race stand up paddle boards and outrigger canoes.  A paddling option would be fantastic!  Currently I use the cycling option to track paddling, as it gives me avg. mph/max speed etc.  But everyone thinks I'm riding a bike REALLY slow, and in the middle of the water (-:

May 02, 2012 11:49 AM
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Tony Goodridge

Please please add Kayak etc.... I had to put my session down to Swim!!! ... after all you have Roller Skiing and how many people on earth does that? ;-p

May 07, 2012 05:19 AM
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C. Dobrovolny

I agree with all the above.  "Paddle Sport" would be great to cover all the paddling activities/races out there!  Thanks!

May 07, 2012 02:47 PM
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Mike Sawyer

Another vote for rowing - I'd like to minimally add time/distance+ data from concept2 rowing machine (stationary trainer). They've sold a LOT of these over the years beyond most crew programs having these, and there is data from the rowing computer you can use/upload.

May 10, 2012 07:46 AM
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Tim Wightman

Yes, please add paddling (surfski, kayak, SUP, etc.) Thanks!

May 11, 2012 11:35 PM
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David Kopf

Yes, please add a "paddle sports" option.

I follow my cycling on Strava, and I just had a V8 moment when I realized I should be tracking my paddleboarding on this site.

May 14, 2012 04:14 PM
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Andrew Barclay

I have only been running for a year and I love Strava but with the stationary rowing as my cross training sport it would be nice to be able to track that as well.

 

May 17, 2012 09:20 PM
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ryan ness

I can't believe you can strava a kitesurfing session and not a kayak paddling session!  I love strava!

May 20, 2012 02:36 PM
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Eric Elms

Add another vote for paddling. Kitesurfing but no kayaking? Seems a little ridiculous.

May 23, 2012 12:05 AM
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Tony Goodridge

SEEMS NOBODY IS LISTENING TO THE USERS!!! - Shame :-(

May 23, 2012 02:21 AM
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Bob Putnam

I don't use Strava, but I would if Strava included Paddlesports as a categorie

May 23, 2012 08:42 AM
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Bob Putnam

I don't use Strava, but I would if Strava included Paddlesports as a categorie

May 23, 2012 08:42 AM
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Daryl Remmler

We need Paddlesports on Strava!!

May 23, 2012 09:10 AM
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Jay Dean

I'll add my voice to the chorus. I love Strava for cycling but use another tracker for rowing on the bay. Obviously altitude is not a consideration, but distance and heart-rate should be tracked. There are ways of getting stroke rate, the equivalent of cadence, from the phone accelerometer, which would really complete the package.

May 24, 2012 09:38 PM
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Kieran Kobelke

ROWING and Stationary Rowing is a must... definitely a lot more people would get involved if it was an option.

May 24, 2012 11:01 PM
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Tony Goodridge

IS NO ONE FROM STRAVA GOING TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE or even just answer the question?

 

Even RUNKEEPER logs rowing!!!! _ may just have to go back there.

May 24, 2012 11:32 PM
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Bomber Cuff

Great request, As an adventure racer the 4 key sports of running, riding, swimming and paddling are what I am looking for.

May 28, 2012 06:07 PM
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Ramon Hermida

One more for kayaking ... right now I am logging them under wind surfing :)

May 29, 2012 05:16 AM
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Gareth Stears

Another one.....I would LOVE a kayaking or paddlesport option!!!!

May 29, 2012 03:54 PM
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Vincent Huang
I'd like to see all the paddle sports listed as each provides a different workout...SUP, outrigger canoe, kayaking ,shell sculling and rowing .Thanks for staying on the cutting edge
May 29, 2012 05:15 PM
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Todd Nelson

Another vote for kayaking.  I logged my last one as workout.  Not sure how I got over 200 feet of elevation change; I agree that elevation should not be shown, but I love the map.  Lake Tahoe was great!

May 31, 2012 12:24 PM
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Nigel Hoschke

Me too, please add paddling, or the sub types - kayaking, surf ski etc.

June 10, 2012 07:05 PM
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Charles Lundy

I have been doing a lot of training on the concept 2 ergo, Concept 2 have a great online log like Strava. But it would be great to be able to load all activity together, cycling rowing, ergo all in the one location. There are other 3rd parties that have apps that link into the concept 2 ergo.

June 12, 2012 03:27 PM
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Randy Meyer

I do lots of paddling please consider adding Kayak and SUP to the list.  

June 17, 2012 02:00 PM
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Eric Milbrandt

Yes, PLEASE add kayaking or paddle sports in general.

June 20, 2012 08:31 AM
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David Kopf

Here's a thought: Maybe it'll take some activity on our part to convince strava that there is a reason for this.

In other words, start creating segments, following people, etc.

For now, label 'em workouts, but name every ride with either Kayak, SUP, row, outrigger, etc. in the name of the activity.

If a bunch of people start doing it, Strava will want to cater to the need.

June 20, 2012 03:29 PM
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Beau Whitehead

Great idea David.  I try to include SUP in all my titles.  Glad I'm not the only one.

June 20, 2012 07:56 PM
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Jay Dean

Yes, a good idea. I can upload some rowing from Runkeeper, and try recording in Strava this weekend.

June 21, 2012 10:19 AM
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Nick Fratello

Please add SUP as an activity type. Thanks. Strava is great!

June 22, 2012 07:54 AM
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Jay Dean

Used Stava to record my row this morning. It did a good job with the route, speed and heart-rate, but couldn't figure the calories. When I changed the "Type" to "Run" I get an estimate of 1500 calories which is probably about a third too high, but I get the split times and pace  for each km, which is great. NOTE to Strava... if you ever get to adding rowing and paddling, the split times, like on a run activity, are very useful, and the calorie burn is probably a bit less than for a run of the same distance and speed.

June 22, 2012 12:37 PM
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Bruce Brereton

Also, let people add any items they want. The list should be more configurable.

June 24, 2012 12:22 PM
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John Dawson

Add Paddlesport, kayaking, paddling ... don't care what you call it, but please, please, please add it.

June 25, 2012 06:23 AM
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Graeme Jones

I'm a cyclist but train on a concept 2 rower at home. I would be great to add my rowing to strava.

June 25, 2012 07:40 AM
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Marc Mone C… ..

There is a real need to have Kayak as an activity...Thank you Strava

July 01, 2012 06:23 AM
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David Whiteis

One person suggested removing the elevation data once you implement the "kayak" workout type, but I would suggest against it. My regular kayak route includes a couple of places where I have to portage for a short distance to get past some rapids while going upstream. I like seeing the little bumps in the elevation data, it helps me see where the portage places are.

July 03, 2012 07:28 AM
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Nigel Hoschke

It is hard to believe that walking in snowshoes is more popular than kayaking. I have been using that category to separate my paddles from runs and rides.

July 03, 2012 05:01 PM
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Nigel Nosering

Dear Strava Support, could you add a heading "Paddlesports" for us surfski, kayak, and stand up paddleboard racers

July 05, 2012 04:43 AM
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Warren Bruce

I originally posted here April 5. Still no "paddlesports" or "kayak" heading. I'm considering using Endomondo http://www.endomondo.com/home as they have "kayaking" and "rowing" workouts.

July 05, 2012 08:44 AM
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Marc Mone C… ..
I think out of respect to all the loyal Strava users that the company make some type of statement as to what their plans are with regard to the kayaking and or paddling option for saving such workout. I myself will discontinue the use of this app if it can't compete with other like apps or the diversity of the athletes that want to cross train and monitor their fitness. Please let us know your intentions so we can make an informed discision
July 05, 2012 08:54 AM
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Warren Bruce

I agree with "M" in the previous post.

Anyone else?....

July 05, 2012 10:42 AM
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Tony Goodridge

What is MEGA annoying is that no one from Strava have had the good manners to answer this thread.

July 05, 2012 10:45 AM
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David Whiteis

Hey Tony Goodridge, are you a paid Strava subscriber or do you use a free account, if you don't mind me asking?

July 05, 2012 11:15 AM
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Beau Whitehead

Tried Endomondo... very inaccurate in regards to max speed.  Showed me hitting 6.24 when I generally hit 7.7-8.5mph on the same downwind run & tide flow.

If I paid for Strava Premium, i'd probably cancel, but since it's free, I don't really mind it calling my paddles 'bike rides.'  Sure seems like a simple fix/addition though.

July 07, 2012 11:44 AM
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Jay Dean

I've used RunKeeper for a couple of years to record my rowing, and it's adequate. After experimenting with Strava for rows I think you are correct that the ground track (or "water-track") and speed from Strava is more accurate. I record them as "Runs" in Strava, as I like getting the km splits, and the "Best Efforts" section is kinda interesting. Of course, it's mislabeled, and I think the calorie estimate is off, but the run screens are pretty good for rowing. I do wish I could get a heart rate average for the whole workout though...

I do export the GPX files from Strava to keep my activity records in RunKeeper complete, at least until the day when I can do everything in Strava. It is certainly the better tool, and unmatched for cycling.

July 07, 2012 10:14 PM
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Dane Roberts

yep it'd be great to have kayaking, or more generic paddling, added as an activity type. I call my paddling various things such as nordic skiing, kitesurfing etc due to lack of a decent option. Bizarre it hasn't already been added given so many requests over several months. I'm clueless with IT, but can't imagine it's all that hard to add another option to a drop down menu? correct me if i'm wrong about that!

July 08, 2012 02:38 AM
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Warren Bruce

This might get some response. Copy and paste this

Hey Maruice, have you seen the number of requests lately for the addition of "paddling" to the list of activities: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/21067997-add-kayaking-canoeing-r...

and send it to: notifications-support@strava.zendesk.com

July 08, 2012 08:50 AM
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pete chiou

Yes, please - a Paddle category in addition to Ride or Run would be awesome. 

July 10, 2012 09:32 AM
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Renier Eggink

This would be brilliant ! Brilliant way to train for races too !

Getting my Garmin edge 500 / 800 soon !

Strava please add this feature !

July 17, 2012 05:43 AM
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Dale Schaper

I vote for a generic paddling category or better yet more the specific ones of rowing, kayaking, canoeing.   I whitewater and flatwater kayak as well as use a home rower in the garage.

July 18, 2012 04:57 PM
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Piper Stevens

Rowing would be a great addition. Not having it available creates one huge question mark in terms of power output. Watts are trackable on an ergometer (like a Concept 2); it should be pretty easy to establish a correlation for on the water performance, especially since there is no incline to factor in. Pure speed and weight.

July 19, 2012 09:11 PM
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Tim Burne

Another vote for kayak - Also, KEEP the elevation data. It might not be that accurate, but WW kayaking definitely goes downhill. It's intersting to see the difference in starting and finishing elevation, even if the accuracy in the middle of the run can be a bit haphazard - especially in steep sided gorges.

July 26, 2012 05:11 AM
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Mike Randolph

Another vote for Paddling Activity would be great.

Although I would like ocean activities like SUP or traditional prone Paddleboard. 

Thanks for a great product!

July 30, 2012 10:35 AM
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Piper Stevens

One of the issues with water sports is the fact you don't follow as tight a course each time. If your path drifts by more that 75% the segment is omitted. These sports (with the exception of river kayaking, I suppose) would need additional latitude for reliable data capture and interpretation. My guess...

July 30, 2012 10:41 AM
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Chris Jackson

What's the holdup on getting this done?  

July 31, 2012 10:19 AM
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Thomas Farmer

+1 for Paddle Sports!  Kayaking to be specific...

July 31, 2012 08:22 PM
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Warren Bruce

I'm considering moving to endomondo. http://www.endomondo.com/login

July 31, 2012 08:25 PM
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pete chiou

Endomondo looks great, and it has paddling.  Signed up.

July 31, 2012 09:22 PM
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Beau Whitehead

I tried Endomondo for a week and found some features to be way off, particularly top speed, and avg speed.  Total distance was a little wonky too.  I'd be interested to see what you guys think.

August 01, 2012 08:20 AM
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paul clement

This is turning into a useful message board for what to use instead of Strava.  Anyone at the mothership listening???

August 01, 2012 09:03 AM
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Abel Wolterbeek

Canoeing would be great. Just strengthening the people here, I hope, by saying this.

August 03, 2012 05:17 AM
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Espen Slemdahl

Jeeeez! This is unbelievable! Why aren't any at Strava responding? Is there somekind of fault? Are they not connected to this thread? Btw - I agreee with most people above, and clearly there is a need for a paddlesport category. Let's hope....

August 04, 2012 03:40 AM
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Warren Bruce

This might get some response. Copy and paste this and send it to : notifications-support@strava.zendesk.com

Hey Maruice, have you seen the number of requests lately for the addition of "paddling" to the list of activities: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/21067997-add-kayaking-canoeing-r...


August 04, 2012 07:10 AM
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mauro franic

Please add at least generic rowing or kayaking.   Or how about a generic activity where the user specifies the name of the activity and the performance parameters to display?  

August 04, 2012 04:22 PM
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Brad Smith

Please add Surfski as a category, otherwise a generic Paddling will do!

August 05, 2012 04:57 AM
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Admin C.

Good suggestion from an earlier post.  Email sent to Notifications Support regarding this activity addition.

August 05, 2012 05:18 AM
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Bomber Cuff
Just finished a great 2 day paddle. Alas, loaded it up as a workout.
August 05, 2012 06:02 AM
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Andy Locke

Please add kayaking (paddle sports) as a category

August 06, 2012 07:13 AM
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Chris Auld

+1

 

Please add paddling (including power support for those using ANT+ paddles)

Please add Rowing (including power support for those using Concept II PM4 computer with v24 Beta firmware that outputs to ANT+ exercise equipment profile)

 

Thanks

Chris

August 06, 2012 09:14 PM
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Marty Wallace

Please add kayaking or paddling as an activity.

Thanks

 

Marty

August 09, 2012 11:41 PM
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Aaron Grissom

I have to agree Kayaking would be a great addition.

August 10, 2012 12:23 PM
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Mike Skirha
+1 to add "Kayak" as a category
August 14, 2012 04:01 AM
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Erik Blom E.

+1 for Kayak, Surfski, Canoe, Rowboat - and maybe even Walking on water!

August 15, 2012 03:02 PM
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Adam Bies

Add me to the list favoring this request. I mean come on guys — it is just another entry in a database table!

"Boat" would suffice! Would beat all the people i see using "Kite Surfing" to log their canoe / kayak runs!!!!

August 23, 2012 07:55 AM
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Erik Blom E.
August 23, 2012 01:06 PM
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Cameron King
C'mon guys - surely this has to be one of the easiest feature requests to implement! You could either have seperate labels for "kayaking", "canoeing", other paddle sports, etc. (my preferred option), or lump them in together and let the users add their own comments to each activity in order to keep track of what the activity was. I know this will make it hard possibly to draw comparisons between different activities, but the same must be true with the existing categories "windsurf" and "kitesurf" as speeds and times obtained doing these activities will be affected by the wind conditions when they were undertaken.
August 24, 2012 05:21 AM
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Adam Bies

Considering how long it takes to change a ride into a run, and how the interface and stats change accordingly — it is surely a bit more complicated than a simple category entity in a database. But, then if they are listening and implementing more sports into this site — then the stats they could potentially provide about your paddles could be quite interesting. Speed in knots? LOL...

August 24, 2012 06:12 AM
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Scott DeLeeuw

I would like rowing added as well.  Seems no one is listening on this one though...

August 24, 2012 08:08 AM
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Adam Audette

Please add a Paddlesport category! 

August 24, 2012 01:55 PM
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Warren Bruce

I just received this from: notifications-support@strava.zendesk.com
Mat Gordon, Aug 24 03:19 pm (PDT):

Hello-Thanks for your feedback. We've received a lot of requests for this, and though I can't make any promises, I'll pass your thoughts along.Thanks very much!

Mat
Strava Support Team

I have a good feeling about this. I think Matt will be able to come through for us.

August 24, 2012 05:16 PM
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Alan Torrigino

Hey Strava, Love you work and what you have given us. Please consider adding a paddle sports such as kayak and SUP. Thank you very much of your consieration of this and other's request. Regards,

Alan

August 26, 2012 05:40 AM
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J Rice

HUGE YES!  It would be very helpful for crew!  There are even reasonably good equations for caloric cost etc. so that's not a problem.  COME ON STRAVA!

August 29, 2012 02:20 PM
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Kevin Bruton

Me Too!, Just uploaded first SUP with 910xt!, Doesn't seem to allow uploading directly, had to export from Garmin connect and then I chose Workout which gives minimal information, getting 1Km split times would be useful and people could create segments and compete would be great incentive to power a 500m  paddle for King of the Water title :-) 

August 30, 2012 02:02 AM
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Jay Dean

Kevin: I enter my rowing as "Run" on Strava, which gives me the km splits and "Best Effort" scores, which is useful, along with the Suffer Score. I edit the activity title to note tat it is a row and not a run. I think the calorie estimate is a bit high, and would like to get a figure for the overall heart rate average, but otherwise the "Run" information works well.

August 30, 2012 11:34 AM
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stu brock

please add this feature, i would really like to load up my surfski training :)

September 02, 2012 10:29 AM
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Ellen Wood

I went kayaking this afternoon and was surprised to discover that 'Kayak' was not an activity option when I went to upload my data.  But I could select Kite Surfing.... how random is that?????    How many people Kite Surf and how many of those wear GPS devices?   Please add kayaking, rowing, canoeing, and SUP as activities.   Combine them if necessary. 

September 03, 2012 08:11 PM
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Roy Løvland

+1

September 03, 2012 08:34 PM
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Warren Bruce

+2

September 03, 2012 09:26 PM
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Ian Lochrin

+5

September 07, 2012 07:36 PM
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Scott DeLeeuw

Make sure to like at the top as well, I think that's what matters most.

September 08, 2012 08:36 AM
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Aaron Frank

Stationary rowing is a must!  The Concept 2 ergometer has a performance monitor that logs tons of info for each workout that can be uploaded to your computer, thus should be uploadable to Strava.  Shouldn't be that hard to do.  As for the other paddlesports, including on the water rowing, that should be a simple matter of adding more categories with the same algorithms used for running / cycling.  Come on, Strava, chop-chop!!

September 11, 2012 09:03 AM
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Kieran Coghlan

STRAVA!!!!!   For crying out loud, your FOUNDERS were both Harvard Crew Rowers!!  How can you NOT have rowing and C2 ergometers available?  It should have been the fourth activity after bike/run/swim! I mean c'mon... YOU'RE ROWERS!! Sheesh.

At the very least please add a simple manual generic "paddle sports" entry so that we can manually track our workouts.... but that should only be an interim solution while you work on a full-blown paddlesports category(ies).  The C2 ergo especially should be added, given it's already set up for transferring its data to a computer for analysis.

AA-RON!  I was just about to notify you of this thread and there you are with the most recent post!!  And only 45 minutes ago!  ;-)

September 11, 2012 09:55 AM
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Mo Ma

Please add rowing/canoeing/kayaking! As you see many of your users are waiting for it!

September 12, 2012 12:01 PM