The W offers you many advantages over the traditional touring kayaks:
Friendliness from step one - easiest to get into and out of:
Just step into the cockpit when you're launching, and out of it when
you're beaching. Forget the complex gymnastics required just to get
into the cockpit of and ordinary touring kayak, and the awkward
maneuvers required to come out of it.
2. Never step in
You can enter the cockpit from the back and exit it from the front, and
always step on dry land. When beaching you can make your W go higher on
land than a traditional kayak would if you sit or stand in the back of
the cockpit and thus raise its bow.
3. Best mobility -
launch, paddle and go anywhere: You
can launch the W practically anywhere, go where no other kayak can, and
beach it in spots that don't fit any other kayak. The surf
becomes a fun place, shallow water and ice are no longer a threat, and
many more launching and beaching spots are at your disposition.
More than just touring - the W is a true exploration kayak.
4. Best ergonomics
and comfort - forget leg numbness and back pains:
You don't paddle the W in the traditional L kayaking position, which is
already a good thing, and you can switch anytime you want between four
ergonomic positions (sitting, standing, riding and kneeling), and
additional, intermediary positions. With the new ability to reduce
fatigue, physical impact and long term injuries you're likely to enjoy
your kayaking trips more than before.
5. Best protection -
stay dry and cozy: Unlike
ordinary touring kayaks the W protects you with 14" of freeboard, which
is helpful against side waves and wind. Additionally, when you launch
in the surf you can raise its bow by sitting in the back of the cockpit
and thus go over the frontal waves instead of through them.
6. Best balance and
natural, powerful leg control: The twinhull, catamaran
design offers maximal lateral stability, while your legs can play their
natural role in full - balancing the boat
and supporting your paddling effort.
7. Best tracking and
effortless, rudderless steering: Forget
about rudders - the W kayak has two lean, straight, parallel hulls that
make it track like a catamaran (I.E. better than a monohull), and for
steering you just lean it into the turn as you do with a bike - and
forget about rudders forever.
8. Biggest and
driest accessible storage space: Forget
about tying gear on top of your kayak with bungee cords just to find
that it's destabilizing you and getting wet, forget about leaking
hatches whose content is unreachable while you're on the water.
The W offers you 10 cubic feet of dry and accessible storage space in
the cockpit and hulls - more than any expedition kayak does.
9. Get some company onboard: If
you're not a heavy person the W kayak offers you the option to paddle
in tandem with another lightweight person, or take a passenger with you
Touring can include flat water one day, a fast river the next day, and
day trip in the ocean the third day, including surf launching.
There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be able to use the same
boat during these three days, yet the W is the only touring kayak that
performs well in all these environments and applications.
11. Reliability: When launching,
paddling and beaching you want your kayak to resist impact and
abrasion, especially in cold water and weather,
when all plastic materials including fiberglass and carbon fiber
composites become more brittle and vulnerable. The W kayak is
roto-molded form High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) - a polymer that has
become synonym to durability.
outstanding experience: Try
to imagine the Winter
Olympics after all sports involving the standing position have been
removed from it (E.G. alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing
It hardly seems possible, isn't it? If you succeed in imagining such a
thing you're likely to start realizing how
fun and exciting it is to paddle standing in full confidence down a
scenic river or on a beautiful lake, as well as at sea. In order to
better understand what it means you should picture yourself going down
a snow covered slope - first sitting on a sled and the second time
standing on skis...
Well - get it?...
13. Simple and
and fun are the essence of what touring and sea kayaking should be in
our opinion, and we've created a boat that offers you the means to
enjoy these activities without the complications, inadequacies and
oddities imposed on you by old fashioned kayaks.
The W kayak delivers an overall better touring and sea kayaking
experience than traditional sea kayaks do.
Enough said for now - how about watching
some of our demo movies?
More food for thought:
Sea Kayaking and touring with
a twinhull kayak? Naturally - Polynesians have roamed
the vast Pacific and Indian Oceans with their catamarans and outrigger
What about the Eskimo
roll? What about it? Do you trust your roll enough
to go surf playing with your kayak? Well, if you do think again. Article in the Gear
Review section of Paddler Magazine: "It is simple to
shift positions on the fly and sit, stand, or kneel
anywhere along the 54-inch-long bench seat. This ability to easily
shift weight and position is especially important in turning the
Wavewalk. Shift a hip or thigh, or offset a foot pressure to push
down on one hull, and the Wavewalk will curve into the turn. Even
a standing turn can be performed with solid stability.
The Wavewalk is a design unlike any we've paddled before. The more
confident we became in the Wavewalk, the more possibilities opened up.
We're still exploring and still learning. And that's part of the
fun." See: Reviews 'OFF THE WALL' - By
Mike McCrea. Paddler Magazine, Official Magazine of
the ACA (American Canoe Association),
and boat review in WaveLength Magazine:
"This is a
boat designed and constructed to liberate a paddler from concerns about
paddling form, good technique, expeditions, navigation, rescue ops or
one’s rank in the pecking order of local paddling hotshots."... -"This
is a craft designed for fun, for simplicity of trips, and even, as the
craft’s site shows, for surfing three to four-footers." See: Reviews Adam Bolonsky - WaveLength
W kayaking in tandem - video
Beaching in a difficult spot
Two big guys paddling in tandem
Paddle over a fallen tree (Watch the video)
Touring sitting or standing
Easy surfing in the riding position
sitting, riding and standing
Kayak trip Photo: Scott, OR