fish 05/21/2017 16 Comments
fishing, fishing kayaks, kayak paddling
kayak fishing standing, kayak stabiliy, paddling standing, S4, stable fishing kayak, stand up kayak fishing, tandem, tandem fishing kayak, tandem kayaking, tandem paddling, Wavewalk S4
We’ve already use “unrivaled stability” for the W700, so what shall we say about this new, higher level of stability?…
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This is the first video we shot with our new Nikon P900 with 83X optical zoom. I’m almost happy the Sony we had before broke down 🙂
Pretty awesome, Yoav……….I think you’ve managed to demonstrate Superior Stability.
BTW, those 3 folks look a bit familiar. Where did you find them, and how did you get them paddling so synchronously?
Yeah, I thought they looked familiar to me too! 😮 😀
This movie is a masterpiece of video editing… In reality, most of the time the two guys looked as synchronized as if they had been parachuted into the boat from two different galaxies. At one point, the guy in the middle pushed the front team member with his paddle while she was standing on top of the casting platform without any support. Luckily, she managed not to panic, and she kept standing there. Immediately after that, the rear paddler tried to strangle the middle one with his paddle (Ninja style?), and their on board struggle caused the front team member to lose balance and fall down, but she miraculously managed to stay on deck without falling overboard (water temps still in the 40s), and without hurting herself.
These scenes happened at a great distance from shore, so I couldn’t see them happening in real time. But the camera’s 83x optical zoom captured all the details, and I when I watched this footage in my office I got really mad at these two! They made us lose the footage where the babe stands on the casting platform without the canoe paddle 🙁
I’ve heard of the Flying Wallendas, now we have the Paddling Rosens! I think old dad should join the family on the next excursion and see how that goes! If you all survive, you’ll truly demonstrate Super Superior Stability!
Join these two rascals in the same boat??… Only if get to I sit behind them, and monitor their nefarious activities in real time, and from a close range! And if I detect any mutiny plot, or any other behavioral irregularity, they’ll walk the plank! 😀
No need to get mad at your sons. They are just having fun. That is what the S4 and all the Wavewalks offer, fun for fishing and, now, full family excursions. With all the fun and frolic, the crew stayed dry.
Try having three people stand simultaneously on any other yak design.
Fun to watch, most likely.
I would have been more forgiving, or at least understanding, had the water not been so cold. But it’s still in the 40s (outside temp is 52 F as I type these lines…), and falling into the lake would have been very unpleasant for my wife, who really saved to day by landing on the deck rather than overboard.
Speaking of temperatures, had the water been warmer, I would have gone to the beach and driven my S4 in the salt 🙁
Great video, great watercraft. I got my S4 and I am really happy. So many combinations, I can take my kids with me now. And 44kg is not heavy when you just lift it from one tip. It does fit my short Dodge Caravan, and no more rod holders. I can take the fishing rods inside the hull, TONS of space there. The built in place to mount a transom – awesome idea. Have fun and be safe. Cheers from Canada.
The pictures you sent me that show your S4 secured in your minivan with just the rear tips coming out of the rear door were a nice surprise for me, especially since you had previously described your S4 to me as a “boat” 🙂 Being able to transport a boat inside a normal passengers vehicle means that it’s very portable, namely user-friendly.
From a totally different angle, I remembered discussions I had three years ago with Michael Chesloff about trends in kayak fishing. Michael commented about fishing kayaks becoming increasingly bigger and accessorized in recent years, and he concluded that kayak anglers today don’t really want a kayak, and what they unconsciously want is a boat. I thought Michael’s analysis was insightful, and both in the W700 and S4, I tried to apply the idea of a portable boat that’s not a kayak – The W700 came without flush mount rod holders, and now the S4 takes this notion further than the W700, and it comes with no kayak handles and no kayak deck rigging whatsoever – No eyelets, no lashing hooks, no bungee. In other words – “It’s a boat!”. A decade and a half after the kayak fishing movement began, kayaks still don’t have a good reputation among the general population of anglers, who consider them to be uncomfortable, unstable, wet, lacking storage space, and hard to use since motorizing is much easier than any human powered propulsion… Wavewalk kayaks are comfortable, stable, and dry, they offer plenty of storage space, and they can be easily and effectively motorized, but the S4 also offers the load capacity of a full fledged small boat, as seen in this video, which makes it a full fledged boat in terms of usability, while it still offers a high level of usability as a human powered craft, namely a kayak. This video also shows the S4 used as a skiff, and by this I mean a real skiff, namely one that carries a small group of passengers on board and does not limit its user to solo trips. Arguably, a solo skiff is not a skiff, since in social terms solo equals zero.
Hey Pyt………so, is your plan to store your extra rods on the floor, and not use rod holders? Or do plan on using the saddle holes? Unless you use very short rods, I would think having them on the floor would get in the way on your feet, and would really be a problem with 2 or more people on board.
My plan is to mount 2 pairs of eyelets on each side and hang the rod inside up. Usually 3 rods is fine with me. The third one will rest on the floor or in my hand or in one of the hole. I use 7 feet long rods.
Dear Yoav: will not be bad if one of the holes will be drilled and communicate under the S4 for 2 purposes: I) call of the nature II) using the front wheel from a kids bike (cut the handle) we can push the S4 as a wheelbarrow. Cheers.
Yes, I agree, S4 is a boat that fits into a car without packing it.
Reformulation: You don’t need a boat if you have a S4.
Great video, that is amazing how the S4 moved through the water and handled like a dream.
Yoav, I think you have outdone yourself. 🙂
Perfection in motion……….
Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe all. Rox
Thank you Rox! 🙂
Now I just have to teach this boat to sell itself 😀
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