5 Reasons Why I Chose A Wavewalk Kayak, by Paul Little

I’m 55 years old and very active. I love to hike, camp, fish, hunt and generally be outdoors. I used to do a lot of canoeing and take weekend trips down trout rivers and streams in North Georgia.

Over the years though, my back has really put a stop to that kind of trip. It hurts to stay in a cramped sitting position too long. Kayaks are even worse. I love them, but they were just too uncomfortable to be in for more than an hour at a time.

Then I happened upon the Wavewalk website while internet browsing one day and the rest is history. Wavewalk put the fun back in kayak fishing for many anglers like me. I became so convinced about the superiority of the Wavewalk brand, I contacted Wavewalk about becoming a reseller for Wavewalk.

I recently received my first shipment and they are everything I expected…FANTASTIC!
The Wavewalk kayak comes closest to perfect for me. Here’s why:

1. I want the most stable kayak I can find because I like to stand up a lot while fishing. The Wavewalk puts your feet below waterline in the twin hulls of the kayak. This flat out makes for the most stable standing position in any kayak. There’s just no arguing about that.

2. I am 55 years old and the ole back ain’t what it used to be when I was twenty something. The sitting position in a Wavewalk kayak resembles sitting in a saddle. It has a 6 foot bench seat that you straddle. You can move around on it and put your feet and legs in a variety of positions that keep the blood flowing and prevent numbness and aching pain in your feet, legs and back.

3. The Wavewalk has many times the storage space of any other kayak on the market and yet weighs only 59 pounds. And what fisherman or camper can’t use more space. It’s a superior feature of Wavewalk Kayaks.

4. Your butt doesn’t get wet in a Wavewalk. The only way you can keep your butt dry in a traditional or SOT kayak is to wear waders.

5. Price. I will admit. I’m cheap. I vacillated back and forth for two years before making up my mind to buy a Wavewalk kayak. I kept seeing kayaks cheaper everywhere else. But I never bought one of them either. The more I thought about SOT fishing models, I saw how cramped I would be. I have good balance, so I’m sure I could stand on one, but getting up to the standing position is what worried me. And it was quite obvious the wet butt problem. Standing in the sporting goods store looking at that thing, I could only visualize a wet butt. So in the long run, stability, no back pain, easy sitting and standing, lots of storage and no wet butt won out for me. I feel kind of foolish for taking so long to decide. Some of the best SOT models cost A LOT MORE than the Wavewalk, and once I was convinced of the benefits, the price objection disappeared.

I’m extremely happy with my Wavewalk, but hey, it’s what’s right for me. I’ll never criticize anyone for what they prefer. We’re all individuals and have good reasons to justify our purchases. Hope to see you on the water soon catching lots of fish. Hope you keep your butt dry. I know I will.

This is a video that I shot while trying out my Wavewalk kayak on the Pumpkinvine, just a few miles from my house. The water was very shallow, but had a decent cruise. Just mute the music if you don’t like it. Enjoy!

Paul Little

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4 Comments

  1. Michael Chesloff

    Hello Paul-

    Your story about the decision making process when selecting a kayak is one of the best I’ve read anywhere. Concise, honest, personal and non-judgmental.

    Thanks for sharing and welcome to the proud family of Wavewalk dealers.

    -Michael

  2. fish kayak

    Thanks Paul,

    I think one of the biggest problems Wavewalk faces is that many people find it hard to imagine a kayak that’s not as crummy as all the other kayaks out there. In the minds of most people, kayaks are associated with instability, discomfort (and often pain), wetness, etc. On top of this, fishing kayaks are perceived as bulky, slow, hard to paddle, and heavy. This image is so vivid in people’s minds that when they see a picture of the Wavewalk kayak, or even a video, some of them think it’s very wide, bulky and even heavy…

    Yoav

  3. sea coyote

    That was a pleasure to read, and I can identify with all five reasons

  4. Fish Wiz

    You can’t fool your own back… 😮
    Nice video!
    FW

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