Find the right crossover kayak or recreational kayak to suite your needs. Recreational kayaks are designed for flatwater kayaking and easy whitewater paddling. They have large cockpits and flat hull shapes so they're relatively stable and easy to get into and out of. Crossover kayaks let you paddle both whitewater and flatwater with one boat. These kayaks are great for wilderness trips where you have to carry overnight gear (many have water tight hatches) and plan to encounter whitewater along the way.