Yoav, I’m happy to give you my experience-based congratulations on such an excellent design. I’m having a lot of fun I simply wouldn’t have had without it.
My first W kayak session on the water was excellent! –
A little ways out, a couple of guys on SUP boards were heading out about 50 yards to my left; the Hood River sandbar was to my right and I was in very shallow water. I heard one saying “It’s shallow, watch your fin..” I felt somewhat smug since it was obvious to all of us that I was in thinner water than they were, paddling along just fine. 😉
Then I stood up and kept paddling; I heard one say, “yea, it’s a standup…” and then, the other said something about “training wheels”. LOL – some people don’t understand how sound travels over water. I definitely sensed a bit of envy there – if not then, then surely a bit later, as those two headed back to the beach, no doubt pooped-out from nonstop standing and paddling, as I leisurely meandered about, enjoying the fantastic view, sitting and resting frequently.
I love your term, “evolutionary failure.” It’s so apt for sup-boarding. It’s as if a sled-like creature – adapted only to descending snowy hillsides on its belly via gravity – had to suddenly face life on the flat plains, without any significant anatomical changes except the addition of one arm.
Despite all my wishful thinking, I was truly surprised by how much distance I covered so quickly and effortlessly with my W kayak. I could have gone much longer and farther, but the sun was pretty intense and I haven’t seen that much of it yet this year. As it was getting lower, I was seriously tempted to get back out again!
I couldn’t resist the calm, full-moonlit sunset this evening and took to the water again. I’m so glad I did. What would otherwise have probably been a very ordinary, forgettable hour turned out to be a beautiful, rather profound experience.
Once again, I enjoyed a perspective I normally only imagine from shore – but better – and a degree of solitude that’s unattainable within quite a few miles of here by road. The icing on the cake was unexpectedly achieving, in the fading light, a new level of grace and rhythm with the paddle, boat, and water. I’m eager to try to capture some of that feeling on video, in a way I haven’t quite seen in the many great vids online already.
Looking forward to many more spectacular hours and days of paddling, exploring, sightseeing, bird-watching, and fishing, in this wonderful, new kind of watercraft,