Wavewalk 700 paddling trip in Hilo bay, Hawaii

By Jerry Wheeler

Pahoa, Hawaii

Took my W700 to Hilo bay and to the river. Just paddling, no fishing today. Recreation on the Kayak without fishing suites me fine, and I left my fishing rod on the bottom of the boat. I shot a video in the choppy waters. It was a fun day on the waters, but for only about 4 hours. The sun was a bit harsh.
Here is the video and some pictures,

My Wavewalk 700 Microskiff on the beach

[ADDED LATER] –

“…I felt safe that day on the waters. The beginning of the voyage I paddled the protected part of the Bay behind the 3 mile jetty. The W700 performed very well. It will take you the distance even at an easy pace.
Eventually I decided to take on the unprotected coast line. So I got out there so far and decided to take a break and have a snack. Heading back I was fighting quite a bit of chop and swell. So I decided to kick it in gear and paddle hard so it wouldn’t take forever to get back. The W700 is amazing. It will pick up and go.”

The coast viewed from my kayak

The coast viewed from my kayak (3)

kayak trip in choppy water Hilo bay

Choppy water in Hilo bay

clouds over the coast

view of the beach Hilo bay

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beach with calm water

big hotel

bridge and hotel Hilo Bay, Hawaii

Bridge over the river

my Wavewalk 700 under the famous bridge on the river

view of Hilo bay from my Wavewalk kayak

view of the beach in a protected area

 

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4 Comments

  1. fish

    Thanks Jerry,

    Great pictures and video!
    I’m glad to see that you’re already paddling in the open ocean, although it looks quite windy and choppy out there…
    I like the way your white ‘Microskiff’ W700 looks on the background of the black Hawaiian sand – nice shot!

    Yoav

  2. Michael Chesloff

    Hello Jerry-

    Beautiful photos and the boat seems very steady in the video. But please, tell us about your experience. This was your first time out in some pretty bouncy water (at least compared to the lakes here in upstate NY).

    How was the W700 as you paddled with/against the wind? Did you feel secure?

    Kayaking minds want to know! 🙂

    -Michael

  3. Jerry Wheeler

    Michael, I felt safe that day on the waters. The beginning of the voyage I paddled the protected part of the Bay behind the 3 mile jetty. The W700 performed very well. It will take you the distance even at an easy pace.
    Eventually I decided to take on the unprotected coast line. So I got out there so far and decided to take a break and have a snack. Heading back I was fighting quite a bit of chop and swell. So I decided to kick it in gear and paddle hard so it wouldn’t take forever to get back. The W700 is amazing. It will pick up and go.

  4. Michael Chesloff

    Thanks, Jerry. The part of your answer that tells the story is:

    “Eventually I decided to take on the unprotected coast line. So I got out there so far and decided to take a break and have a snack.”

    I guess if you were in the rough chop and decided it was time to eat, your comfort level must have been pretty damn high!

    I’ve been to Hawaii and don’t know of any place more beautiful. Please keep sending us your stories about paradise.

    -Michael

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