Quick review of the W500 as the kayak offering stand up paddling in real-life conditions, by Jeff McGovern (movie)

Sometimes you got to stand to see stuff in the water. Better yet if you could actually paddle and get around stuff in the water. Only the W500 from Wavewalk makes it this easy. Standing or sitting paddling this boat is so simple, very comfortable too.
This a simple paddling and standing piece from yesterday going through some very shallow obstruction filled flats around oyster bars. I’ve seen folks in regular sit on top kayaks take some nice chunks out of their hulls in this same area because they could not see the bars.



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11 thoughts on “Quick review of the W500 as the kayak offering stand up paddling in real-life conditions, by Jeff McGovern (movie)”

  1. Thanks Jeff!

    For our blog visitors who don’t know – Jeff is middle aged, 6’3″ tall, and weighs 245 lbs. This is to say he’s not some skinny and athletic college dude who could stand up on a barrel or a piece of Styrofoam, or demonstrate the virtues of some pseudo stand-up kayak.

    Standing up in a kayak means you must be able to get up and sit down swiftly and intuitively, and not have to perform various acrobatic and balancing tricks with a rope, or whatever inadequate accessories your kayak manufacturer installed on your kayak for this purpose. It’s not merely a matter of convenience, but of safety, since being prevented from quickly sitting down and regaining your balance means that sooner or later you’re either going to fall overboard, or just stop paddling and fishing standing up before that, as you realize that your kayak doesn’t offer you to practice this thing in real world conditions.

  2. Jeff is what I’d call a natural professional. He sees and defines things that other people don’t, and he presents them in his unique and interesting way. I’m sure that if Jeff made a movie explaining how he chews gum, it would be interesting to watch 🙂

  3. Nice one, Jeff. Another excellent, real-world view of what makes a Wavewalk superior to all other fishing kayaks. Interesting that it arrived along with John Fabina’s story on stability. I trust these posts will help people see past the all the hype about mono-hull kayaks that circulates on the internet.

  4. Part of this omnipresent hype that kayak manufacturers produce is the claim their mono-hull or tunneled hulled kayaks feature ‘catamaran’ or ‘catamaran style’ hulls.
    However, “Do not attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” (Hanlon’s Razor), and there’s plenty of stupidity and ignorance to go around in this field, including among kayak designers.
    BTW, a few weeks ago I bumped into an article written by a particularly insignificant Swedish kayak designer named Björn Thomasson, who seemed quite happy to expose his ignorance in these matters.

  5. Jeff seems to be one of those rare cases where the paddler needs the longer model of the W paddle.

  6. I thought I knew everything about kayak design, especially sea kayaks and touring kayaks, but before reading this discussion I didn’t know about a kayak designer named Björn Thomasson. Live and learn, as they say.
    Btw, I read some of the stuff on his website, and I got the impression that he’s a pompous ignoramus whose work flatters better known sea kayak designers in the most sincere way 😉 … Kinda pathetic, if you ask me.

  7. Years ago, I was interested in traditional sea kayaks as part of studying kayak speed and safety issues. I read every article I could find on these subjects, and communicated with a bunch of North American traditional sea kayak designers, some better known such John Winters, Nick Schade and Matt Broze, and some less known such as Robert Livingston and Chris Ostlind. It was an interesting period for me.
    I gradually lost interest in sea kayaks as I came to realize that it was a small and shrinking market, and that there were better opportunities out there for the W invention.

  8. Benny, I can only guess that describing this Bjorn Thomasson guy as a particularly insignificant kayak designer is your polite way to say that he’s an imbecile 😀
    It looks like he just can’t come up with anything original, and even his lame fishing kayak design is copied on outdated American hybrid kayak designs. The stuff he writes on his website (in English!…) is a crock. This guy is pathetic –Hasdrubal

  9. Hasdrubal,

    Nowadays, practically anyone can design a monohull kayak and build it, and indeed many people are engaged in such projects for fun, as a creative hobby.
    Most fishing kayak designs out there are pretty lame, and most professional kayak designers aren’t particularly knowledgeable. Some of them, such as this individual, have websites where they present their work and thoughts, hoping to draw attention, get feedback, and maybe even some appreciation. I guess in his mind he’s awesome although his designs are mediocre at best and the articles he produces are laughable – at least the ones in English that I tried to read 😉


  10. Would it also be easy for anyone to make their own w kayak even without prior experience?

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