13 thoughts on “How to capsize a Wavewalk kayak (movie), by Daniel Vogel”

  1. Daniel-

    Wow! It looks like you had to take the Wavewalk and the passengers beyond a 45 degree angle to get it to tip. Of course for your son this is simply great fun.

    Brilliant idea to store the second paddle underneath the W500… invisible until needed for tandem paddling.


  2. This clip makes the w500 look very wide… 😉 … much wider than any kayak or canoe…
    so wide that it must weigh a ton, and be a barge to paddle 😀 😀 😀

  3. And just in case someone stumbles upon this blog post without prior knowledge, and misinterprets Marco’s pun :
    The Wavewalk 500 kayak is 29″ wide and it weighs 60 lbs.
    It’s also the easiest kayak to paddle, especially in adverse conditions such as strong wind.

    Live and learn, and leave nothing to chance 🙂


  4. I keep watching this video, trying to see it through the eyes of a skeptic. I even tried 1/4 speed in the settings. Nope, it really takes an extreme lateral force to make it go over.

    Then, after several viewings I noticed something else. When the kayak flips you see that it doesn’t take on any water at all. The floatation doesn’t even come into play. Apparently the hull just seals against the water and it bobs like a cork. Looks like it would be easy to right, it as the hull has no water inside.

  5. Great video. It does show what you have to do in order to get the boat to tip over. I recommend that everyone who buys one should take it out and tip it over. This time of year with the hot weather find a nice warm swimming spot and do that. Then see what it takes to get the boat right again. That information obtained in play might be vital if you are fall fishing or cold water fishing.


  6. Michael,

    It’s not that easy to right and recover a W, a canoe or a sit-in kayak, because when the boat is on its side it scoops water in an amount that’s relative to its weight.
    Once the boat is righted, the user has to bail this water out of the hull, or at least most of it. This is done with a hand bucket or a hand-activated bilge pump.

    It the case of the W kayak, the detachable foam floatation modules comes handy:
    Before the user flips their W kayak back, they can attach all the floatation that’s available to them on the side of the cockpit’s spray deflector that they plan to have the kayak pivot around. When the floatation is attached there, below waterline or near it, it will help the kayak float higher, rotate more easily, and scoop less water while it’s on its side.

    Having said that, if you’re close enough to shore, it would probably be easier for you to drag or push your boat to the beach, and right it there.
    If you flip your W kayak in the surf, the waves are likely to do this job for you anyway.


  7. After watching this video a couple of times I concluded that Daniel wanted to capsize it, and not just check how stable it is, and that he managed to carry out his plan only after he leaned out of the cockpit and held the coaming while dragging the kayak down with him… Capsizing this thing on flat water is possible but it sure is hard work..
    Anyways, it looks like these guys had a lot of fun!

  8. Ha ha! 😀
    This is one of the funniest movies I’ve watched in a long time. You two deserve a prize for this performance 🙂


  9. This is a funny movie, but why make it a “featured movie”? Do you want to teach people how to capsize their W? 😉

  10. Hasdrubal,

    We made it a featured movie mainly because it’s fun to watch, and part of the mission of this blog is to provide entertainment – in case you didn’t notice 😉 But it also shows how hard it is to capsize this kayak, and it’s another way to demonstrate its stability.
    Here’s a similar one, without the capsize ‘Happy End’ –

Leave a Reply