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A decade later – Review of the Wavewalk 500 (W500) kayak, by its designer

Wavewalk 500 kayak (W500)

Why am I writing this review of the Wavewalk 500?

This kayak has been around for close to a decade, and our website features over 200 Wavewalk 500 reviews that our clients have contributed over the years. But I thought that since in the past few years we’ve introduced the bigger W700 and S4, there may be a need for a more comprehensive and professional review that would tell the full story of this kayak, especially in comparison to our new models.

I designed the Wavewalk 500 in 2008. Creating a cast aluminum rotational mold of this size and complexity takes a long time, so we rolled out the first production units of this kayak in 2009.
Despite its small size, the W500 was the world’s most stable kayak for years, and it held this title till 2015, when the bigger W700 came out. A couple of years later, the W700 lost its title to the Wavewalk S4, which is currently the world’s most stable kayak, and is likely to maintain this title as long as Wavewalk doesn’t come out with an even bigger model, which is unlikely to happen. Simply, there is no kayak form that can produce more stability than that of our patented combination of a twin hull and a riding saddle.
The Wavewalk 500 is still the world’s smallest twin-hull (catamaran) in production, and the most stable for its size, and at 60 lbs, it is also the world’s lightest production catamaran.
Despite its small size and light weight, this kayak can carry on board two adult passengers that aren’t particularly heavy – The average man in the US weighs 200 lbs, and the average woman weighs 160 lbs. Their aggregated weight of 360 lbs is exactly the maximum payload we recommend for the W500. The W500 offers limited tandem capabilities, but when it comes to small size passengers such as kids, its capacity is pretty amazing –

Wavewalk 500 kayak with 4 passengers on board- One adult and three children

4 children in a Wavewalk 500 kayak

The W500’s 1:6 Weight to Payload ratio (60 lbs /360 lbs) is remarkable, and only the Wavewalk 700 and Wavewalk S4 offer slightly better ratios of 1: 6.25 and 1:6.5, respectively.

The Wavewalk 500 was also the first kayak to offer full standing capability and zero back pain paddling to practically everyone, including big and tall guys, elderly people, and people with various disabilities, ranging from fibromyalgia and sciatica to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), dislocated vertebrae, and spinal fusion. This is a unique ergonomic advantage that the W500 offers to people who otherwise would have been prevented from paddling, and it’s one of the things that has made it such a special boat.

The W500 pioneered an era in kayak fishing, and to this day, only the biggest SOT and sit-in fishing kayaks that are much longer, nearly 50% wider, and twice heavier than this little, patented twin-hull kayak, can offer a level of stability that comes close to the stability that it provides.

The W500 was much better than the proof-of-concept Wavewalk 300 (2004-2010), without being heavier, so it naturally replaced the W300. I like the idea that after the W700 and S4 came out, the W500 still has its diehard fans.

Changes over time

Over the years, we offered the W500 in a number of configurations that included various types of deck mounted and flush mounted rod holders, flotation devices, anchors, bungees, motor mounts, spray shield, etc., but in recent years we offer it ‘as is’. Nothing beats Simple.

When it came out, the W500 did not feature a saddle bracket, and we left if to the owners to decide whether they wanted us to install this structural accessory in their kayak, or not. In hindsight, that was a mistake on our part, since some people who should have outfitted their W500 with a bracket chose not to do so, and sometimes damaged it. The damage was easy to fix, but still, these incidents could and should have been prevented. In 2013, we decided to offer the W500 with an integrated saddle bracket as a standard feature – Choice is not always a good thing, apparently, and we have learned that lesson.
We also started shipping this kayak in a custom cardboard box, in order to better protect it during transit.

Developments

Years before the Wavewalk 500 came out, anglers already outfitted their kayaks with small, weak, electric trolling motors, Several W300 owners did so too, and one of them, Jim McGivray, in the UK, outfitted his W300 with a 2.5 HP Suzuki outboard gas engine. But Jim’s project turned out to be a little premature, since the W300 was still not the right platform for motorizing with powerful gas engines. It was the W500 who became the first full fledged motor kayak, namely a kayak outfitted with a powerful motor, whose driver can drive it in comfort and confidence in rough water, including in the ocean.

The W500 powered by a powerful outboard gas motor made electric kayaks look like supermarket’s motorized shopping carts. It still does, but when compared to an S4 powered by a 10 HP outboard, even the W500 looks almost like a toy.

Sungin Kim, in South Korea, was the first to drive a W500 powered by an outboard gas motor. It was a 2 HP air-cooled Honda, and ironically, he didn’t like his motorized ride very much, at first, since it was so fast. Later, Sungjin got used to it, and went on many fishing trips in the ocean, solo and in tandem.

Interestingly, around 2010, Captain Gary Thorberg experimented with mounting outboard motors on the side of his W500, but the advantages of transom motor mounts made them become the de-facto standard.

We tested the Wavewalk 500 with a 6 HP motor, and we came to the conclusion that with that much horsepower, it was overpowered. Currently we recommend not to exceed 4 HP with this little kayak.

In 2018, Keith Sylvester was the first to outfit a W500 with a surface drive (a.k.a Mud Motor). Keith’s ride looks good, with no apparent problems. He proved that even the smallest Wavewalk is stable enough to work with such a special and demanding motor, in shallow streams and ponds.

The W500 opened the era of full fledged motor kayaks, and it is currently the world’s third best motor kayak, with number two being the W700, and the S4 being the world’s best and fastest motor kayak, with a top speed of 17 mph, sustained. This record was achieved by Captain Larry Jarboe, of Key Largo.
Oddly, we can’t think of a motor kayak that would fit in the fourth place, not because our competitors haven’t tried to come up with such a product, but because so far they have been unsuccessful. Simply, monohull kayaks don’t work well with powerful motors, and if you modify their form to make them work better, they no longer fit the kayak designation, which all Wavewalk’s kayaks do. Even large-size SOT kayaks that feature an outrigger don’t look good with a motor.
The only class of small watercraft that’s comparable to the three Wavewalk motor kayaks are motorboats dubbed micro skiff (microskiff).

The storage revolution

Ten years after the Wavewalk 500 entered the kayak fishing market, it still offers much more on board storage space than its biggest competitors, whose overcrowded decks and tiny, hardly accessible hatches keep frustrating and disappointing anglers. Indeed, when it comes to fishing kayak design, storage is an unfinished, gloomy story, and a problem solved only by Wavewalk’s kayaks.

How much fishing and camoing gear can be stored in a W500 kayak

Before – How much gear can be stored in a W500 kayak?

After – All this fishing and camping gear got inside the W500

Paddling the Wavewalk 500

Paddling any ordinary kayak is not easy, as soon the paddler faces wind or currents. The challenge is tracking, namely to keep going in the direction that leads you to your destination, and not where the elements drive you. Ordinary, mono-hull (SOT and sit-in) kayaks track poorly, which is why high-end models feature complicated rudders. This is true for both fishing and touring kayaks, but not for the Wavewalk 500, since being a catamaran, it tracks better naturally, and it also offers effective means for the paddler to control its course just by moving forward or backward on the saddle, thus relocating the boat’s Center of Gravity (CG), as explained in this article about paddling and tracking in strong wind »

Indeed, many Wavewalk 500 paddlers who paddle it in strong wind and currents are unaware of the fact that it is missing a rudder, simply because they don’t need such an accessory. No paddler ever put a rudder on their W500, and the only W500 owners to use such accessory are those who sail it.

The W500 vs the W700

The W700 is better than the W500 – It’s faster, more stable, roomier, and it can carry a much bigger payload, or more people on board. It also works better with powerful outboard motors, and it comes with an integrated flotation compartment instead of detachable flotation modules.
The W700 is better for paddling, fishing, and driving, so why do some people prefer the W500? The answer is simple – It’s because the W500 weighs 20 lbs less than the W700, and it costs less too. Not everyone needs a fast and roomy kayak.

After the W700 came out, and the concept of the saddle serving as a watertight compartment (flotation) proved itself, we played with the idea of applying this concept to the W500. But doing so would have added 10 lbs to the W500’s total weight, and we thought that at 70 lbs, and costing significantly more than its classic version, a modified W500 would not be attractive enough compared to the W700 that weighs 80 lbs.

Reach and versatility

Some W500 owners have been using it for nearly a decade, and they’re not planning to switch to anything else (except maybe the W700, or S4). Such is Gary Rankel, a retired biologist and fisheries consultant, who wrote a book about kayak fishing, and one of the best client reviews of the Wavewalk 500. Gary also suffers from back problems, and the fact that he can spend up to eight hours in his W500, fishing, without getting out of it, is amazing to me. BTW, Gary is not the only Wavewalk user who spends such long hours in their kayak, uninterruptedly, which is to say that the saddle seat indeed delivers a back pain free experience.

People use their W500 kayaks on flat water and in the ocean. Touring and fishing are the two most popular applications for the W500. Other, less common but interesting applications are photography, diving, bow fishing, treasure hunting, sailing, rowing, and servicing big boats (boat tender). They also use it for other outdoor activities as well, from ice fishing in Sweden to duck hunting in various regions of the US.

Geographically, the W500 has users and fans worldwide, including the following countries and regions – Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Australia (countrywide), New Zealand, UAE, Canada (countrywide), the US (nationwide, including Alaska), various parts of the Caribbeans, Panama, Paraguay, The UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Greece.

So this is the story of this little kayak, the W500, as I see after ten years. If you ask me if I would have designed it differently today, knowing that its end weight is required not to exceed 60 lbs, I’d say that I don’t think it’s possible.

 

Yoav

 

Wavewalk® 700 Reviews

Wavewalk launched the 700 series at the end of the 2015 season (in late August of 2015).
Currently, there are 19 full featured Wavewalk® 700 reviews listed on this page.
Per our company policy, each Wavewalk® 700 review includes the full name and state of the person who contributed it, as well as pictures. We consider anonymous kayak reviews and reviews posted under an alias to be worthless, and we disapprove of reviews authored by people who get paid to write them, such as journalists and website owners who depend on paid advertising.
We think a review is meaningful only if its author paid for the kayak they review, and they fully identify themselves as a regular client, or a reseller.
We accept reviews contributed by any Wavewalk reseller who bought a Wavewalk® 700 from us for their own, personal use, and does not resell other kayaks. Whether such person uses their W700 for paddling, fishing, hunting or motorized boating, as its user, they certainly have an interesting insight to share with us and with other users, and we are grateful to them for it, and for being a Wavewalk fan.

List of Wavewalk® 700 Reviews

 

Wavewalk 700 kayak review from DelawareGetting ready to motorize my Wavewalk 700
By Cliff Robbins, Delaware

 

Wavewalk 700 kayak review with a DIY dog platformW700, because of the versatility
By Brandon Hall, North Carolina

 

Wavewalk 700 review from British Columbia, CanadaThe W700 is very stable and easy to stand up in
By Darcy Paulin, British Columbia, Canada

 

Wavewalk 700 review from Cohasset, MassachusettsEnjoying our W700 the old fashioned way
By Katherine McCarthy, Massachusetts

 

Wavewalk 700 review from MassachusettsMy Wavewalk 700
By Joanne Campbell, Massachusetts

 

Review of a motorized Wavewalk 700, ConnecticutWavewalk 700 Test ride 2017
By Rox Davis, Connecticut

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 from MichiganVery comfortable for a good long day on the lake
By Jim Gifford, Michigan

 

Review of my Wavewalk 700 rigged fishing kayakFirst snook and review of my Wavewalk 700 rigged fishing kayak
By David Hernandez, Florida

 

Wavewalk 700 review by Canadian fishing & hunting guideWavewalk 700 review by Canadian fishing & hunting guide
By Russ Popp, Manitoba, Canada

 

Review of a Wavewalk 700 skiff with outboard motor and electric trolling motor, FLWavewalk 700 skiff with 5 HP Tohatsu outboard motor and electric trolling motor
By Captain Larry Jarboe, Florida

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 from MichiganPaddling and sailing the Great Lakes with my Wavewalk 700
By Forrest Henry, Michigan

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 with an outboard gas motor, and with an electric trolling motorWavewalk 700 with outboard gas motor, and with an electric trolling motor  By Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 for cod fishing in the fjords of NorwayWavewalk 700 for fishing cod in Norway’s fjords   By Roine Ankarstrom, Sweden (and Norway)

 

 

Review of the tandem Wavewalk 700 on a Vermont camping tripReview of the Wavewalk 700 as tandem kayak for long camping trips   By Galina Slastenko, Massachusetts

 

 

Review of electric Wavewalk 700 in Key Largo snorkeling tourReview of electric Wavewalk 700 in Key Largo snorkeling tour   By Capn’ Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 with 2.3 hp Honda outboard motorMy motorized Wavewalk 700 with 2.3 hp Honda outboard   By Caleb Jenkins, Washington state

 

 

Review of electric Wavewalk 700 for two fishermen (video)Outstanding! Two fishermen motorizing standing in a Wavewalk 700 boat     Gene Andrews, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 and launching dockWavewalk 700 review and dock launching system     Jeff Goldstein, New York

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as a fishing boat and tandem kayak for the family and children Family fishing day with the W700 serving various crews     Chris Henderson, Washington

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 fishing kayak from Melbourne, Australia One step at a time – initial review     Dario Lazaric, Australia

 

 

review of Wavewalk 700 kayak from Swedish angler The 700 – More than a surprise     Kent Johnsen, Sweden

 

 

review of Wavewalk 700 as tandem fishing kayak First impression from our Wavewalk 700     Jon Cohen, Massachusetts

 

 

First trip in my new Wavewalk 700 Wavewalk 700 paddling trip in Hilo bay, Hawaii      Jerry Wheeler, Hawaii

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 as a fishing kayak for a big and heavy fisherman For me it is the Wavewalk 700 or nothing        John Sealy, North Carolina

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 as a fishing and crabbing boat My initial observations on the Wavewalk 700      Captain Larry Jarboe, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as a duck hunting boat Great duck hunting boat!        Chris Henderson, Washington

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as tandem kayak A day on Lake Ouachita in our tandem W700      Scot and Mary Alice VanHorn, Arkansas

 

 

Review of W700 fishing and family kayak Wavewalk 700 fishing and family kayak     Jinsub Chung, New Hampshire

 

 

Review of W700 fishing kayak motorized with electric motor “Bonefish”, my customized, motorized Wavewalk 700     Rem Seil, Florida

 

 

Review of fly fishing kayak for heavy paddler Maiden voyage for my Wavewalk 700 fly fishing kayak    Jill Toler, North Carolina

 

 

Dog platform? I don’t think it’s necessary with the 700 Dog platform? I don’t think it’s necessary with the 700   Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania

 

 

300 lbs big guy paddling and fishing standing in a W700 300 lbs big guy paddling and fishing standing in a Wavewalk 700    Ernie Balch, New York

 

 

bass-caught-in-W700-08-26-2015 First fish caught in my new Wavewalk 700     Michael Chesloff, New York

 

 

elderly fisherman paddling standing in his W700 fishing kayak My Wavewalk 700    Scott Cargo, Colorado

 

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Wavewalk® 500 Reviews

Wavewalk launched the 500 series in May of 2009.
Currently, there are over two hundred Wavewalk® 500 reviews listed on this page.
Per our company policy, each Wavewalk® 500 review features the full name and state of the person who contributed it, as well as pictures.
We consider anonymous reviews and ones posted under an alias as being not trustworthy.
A review can be useful under the conditions that its author paid for the kayak they review, that they actually use it, and that they fully disclose their identity as a regular client or a reseller.
We disapprove of reviews authored by anyone who’s paid to write kayak reviews, whether directly or indirectly (e.g. through advertising on their website).

A Wavewalk® 500 owner may have contributed more than one review – For example, an Initial Review written shortly after they have received their kayak, and a Comprehensive Review after having outfitted it for fishing and used it over months or years.
An owner of a Wavewalk® 500 may also review it as a Hunting Kayak, and write a separate review of their boat as a Kayak for Children, or a Fishing Kayak. In some cases, we will publish both reviews, and if we don’t, the reader can find more stories and reviews from that by searching their name, or by contacting us.

Typically, our dealers are Wavewalk fans, they use the kayaks they buy from us personally for paddling, fishing, hunting and motorizing, and they don’t resell other kayaks. All of the above qualifies them as reviewers.

List of Wavewalk® 500 Reviews

Review of the Wavewalk 500 for tandem kayakingW500 substitutes our beloved W700 that we lost in hurricane Irma Holiday and David, Summerland Key, Florida

Review of stable Wavewalk 500 for wildlife photographyWildlife photography from my Wavewalk 500     Hendrik Broekman, Massachusetts

Review of electric Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak with transportation wheelsFirst time paddling my Wavewalk 500 in Lake Margarita        Karen Briefer-Gose, California

Review of my electric Wavewalk 500 fishing kayakWavewalk 500 with electric motor on Lake Simcoe    Pyt Rotary, Ontario, Canada

Review of my electric Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak Catching smallmouth on the Allegheny river    Dave Wayman, Pennsylvania

Review of my electric Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak My Electric Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak    Chan Vannasing, North Carolina

Review of Wavewalk 500 with rowing oars, for trolling Wavewalk 500 with rowing oars, for trolling   Billy Boughner, South Carolina

electric-fishing-kayak-from-Alabama-56 My W500 DIY electric fishing kayak   Ricky Bruni, Alabama

fishing-kayak-review-from-Sweden-56 I love my Wavewalk 500   Kent Johnsen, Sweden

electric-fishing-kayak-review-from-Alabama-56 My electric Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak   Jeremy Childers, Alabama

electric-fishing-kayak-review-from-ontario-56 My all-water W500 electric fishing kayak   Pyt Rotary (Thrac), Ontario, Canada

fishing-kayak-review-from-ohio-56 Trout fishing in my Wavewalk 500   Sid Perry, Idaho

fishing-kayak-review-from-ohio-56 The W500: my current pros and cons   Brian Walti, Ohio

white-kayak-rigged-for-catfish-fishing-at-night-56 Cat-A-Yakking – the beginning   Capn’ Larry Jarboe, Maryland

kayak-rigged-for-fishing-idaho-56 Wavewalk kayak rigged for fishing   Sid Perry, Idaho

big snook caught SundaySunday snook   Kevin Wagner, Florida

fishing-kayak-attached-on-top-of-vehicle-FL-56My Wavewalk fishing Kayak   Steve Irwin, Florida

pamlico-river-kayaking-ncKayaking again at 76 with my Wavewalk   Charlie Manning, North Carolina

diy-fishing-rod-rack-for-4-rodsThings are going great with my W500   Mike Brown, Virginia

UK-kayak-fishing-trip-ScotlandFish we caught in the Sea of the Hebrides, Scotland   Charlie Piggott, Kent, England, United Kingdom

two-fishermen-in-tandem-kayak-nyMy Wavewalk 500 tandem fishing kayak (movie)   Sivanesan Rajan, New York

My son caught his first bass on our first tandem launchMe and my son fishing in our new W500 kayak    Gerald Gatchalian, Virginia

wavewalk-kayak-on-top-of-ATVOur Wavewalk kayak in Newfoundland, Canada   Daniel Vogel, Switzerland

30-inch-snook-in-the-kayak's-cockpitMy Wavewalk 500   Steve Lucas, Florida

largemouth bass caught in N MinnesotaMy W500 kayak one year later    Mike Moody, North Dakota

snakehead-fish-pierced-by-arrowBow fishing for snakehead on the Potomac   John Dillon, Maryland

July-4th-bass4th of July bass   Ricardo Moyano, Illinois

tony-paddling-standing-in-his-fishing-kayakStanding and paddling is just awesome   Tony Schiro, Pennsylvania

my-fishing-kayak-without-the-motor-onMy Wavewalk fishing kayak with a 2.5 Suzuki outboard motor   Robert Buck, New Brunswick, Canada

dave-standing-next-to-his-rigged-fishing-kayakOn the gulf many times fishing in heavy seas   David Miller (Crappie Dave), Florida

two-beached-fishing-kayaks-TexasOur multiple W kayak activities including fishing   Aaron and Lynn Söderberg, Texas

underwater-led-light-for-night-giggingTwo 24 inch redfish first trip out   Mike Poole, Louisiana

No Picture icon 56This kayak will open another dimension for me   Charlie Manning, North Carolina

dottie-ann-rigged-fishing-kayak-floridaAnd I love, love my boat…   Dottie Ann Pollock, Florida

5.5lbs-largemouth-bass-caught-in-tandem-fishing-kayak-ny-56.gifTandem kayak bassin with wifey   Clint Miller, Upstate New York

Myron-fishing-kayak-dealer-in-Long-Island-standing-in-his-kayakFirst time in our new fishing kayaks!   Myron McDaniel, Long Island, New York

uploading-wavewalk-fishing-kayak-on-car-rack-FLMy Wavewalk kayak   Judson Bibb, Florida

review-of-motorized-fishing-kayak-MarylandFirst motorized kayak fishing adventures and rigging projects   Kenny “One-Shot” Tracy, Maryland

Wavewalk-fishing-kayak-review-SF-Bay-CA.gifKayak crab fisherman reviews his W500   Edwin Warner, Oakland, California

ocean-fishing-kayak-review-from-New-ZealandWavewalk W500 trial, a dawnbreakers story   Jeff Holden, New Zealand Southern Island

review-of-kayak-for-underwater-scientific-testingW kayak used in underwater robotics tests   Darcy Paulin, British Columbia, Canada

stand_up_kayak_fising_in_the _marshes_around_Morehead_city_NCStuff I take with me on my kayak fishing trips   Steve Anderson, North Carolina

Review_of_fishing_kayak_Puget_Sound_WAFirst pink salmon in my Wavewalk kayak     Chris Henderson, Washington

review-fishing-kayak-outfitted-with-high-seat-and-motor-mount-MaineA kayak I feel I can safely fish out of    Linwood Crosby, Maine

Review of stable kayak for bird photographyPhotographing birds from my W fishing kayak    Harry Selsor, Florida

fishing kayak review MississippiOwner Review of Wavewalk Kayak   Paul Harrison, Mississippi

review of offshore stand up fly fishing kayakI don’t like it, I love it   Bill Davenport, Massachusetts

review of a kayak rigged for fishing, WisconsinHow I outfitted my W kayak for fishing, so far    Larry Durfey, Wisconsin

kayak_review_from_Vancouver_BC_CanadaReview of my new offshore W kayak    Darcy Paulin, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Review of kayak for bass fishing - central TexasReview of bass fishing kayak    Brad Campbell, Central Texas

Review of fishing kayak in Abaco island, BahamasWavewalk kayak in Abaco, Bahamas    Brad Barrett, Georgia

a fishing kayak with a passenger and dog on board - North DakotaFirst Wavewalk – Fishing Kayak Review    Mike Moody, North Dakota

fishing kayak review by family from Phoenix AZReview of Family Fishing Kayak    Avery Sellards, Phoenix, Arizona

Review of kayak for senior and grandchildrenW Kayak With a Crew of Four Passengers    Neville Badcock, Tasmania, Australia

review of stand up fishing kayak from MaineReview of Stand Up Kayak   Barry Greindl, Maine

review of stable kayak for bird watching and photographyReview of Bird Watching Kayak    Don MacAdam, Massachusetts

review of stable kayak outfitted for wildlife photography, IowaReview of W500 Kayak for Photography    Paul Ekman, Iowa

motorized fishing kayak review - AlabamaRigged and Motorized Fishing Kayak    Randy Lester, Alabama

review of stand-up tandem ergonomic fishing kayak, NYReview of Tandem Stand-Up Fishing Kayak    Clint Miller, New York

kayak review, Houston TexasFirst WaveWalk Paddle Trip  Lee Chastant, Texas

review of fishing kayak for ocean researchReview of Fishing Kayak Rigged for Ocean Research    Peter Traykovski, Massachusetts

stand up fishing kayak review, by big guy, South CaliforniaBig Guy’s Initial Review of Stand Up Fishing Kayak    Mike Hancock, Southern California

fishing kayak review from OklahomaFishing Kayak Review    Robin Gleason, Oklahoma

review of stand up fly fishing kayak, FloridaStand Up Fly Fishing Kayak   Ted Stevens, Florida

stand up fishing kayak review from TennesseeInitial Review of Stand Up Fishing Kayak     Jeremy Knight, Tennessee

No Picture icon 56W Kayak For Fishing and Bird Watching    Russell Dodd, Western Australia

Stand Up Fly Fishing Kayak Review     Glynn Gantenbein, Texas review of stand up fly fishing kayak, Texas

review of fishing kayak Arizona / Mexico

Initial Fishing Kayak Review From Mexico     John Castanha, Arizona and Mexico

initial fishing kayak review - stand up fishing kayakInitial Review of Stand Up Fishing Kayak     Jeff Taubes, Florida

kayak review, Victoria, AustraliaW500 Kayak Review     Steve Phillis, Victoria, Australia

Review fishing kayak, New ZealandMaiden Voyage Account, and DIY Wheels For Kayak    Ken From Katikati, New Zealand

fishing kayak review from Northern CaliforniaMy Fishing Kayak Story     George Brewster, Northern California

first review of motorized fishing kayak, CTFirst Time Out In My W502 Fishing Kayak     Russ Hicks, Connecticut

No Picture icon 56Bonding With My W Fishing Kayak – Initial Review     Gary Murray, New Mexico

Review of camouflage kayak for duck hunting, NYReview of Camouflaged Kayak for Hunting and Fishing     Kevin Coughlin, New York

fishing kayak review, New HampshireOffshore Fishing Kayak With Electric Motor and Wheel    Richard Dion, New Hampshire

Fishing kayak review, South CarolinaFishing Kayak Review, South Carolina    Terry Ehrlich, South Carolina

Wildlife photography kayak, AustraliaW500 Kayak With Transportation Wheel   Ofer Levy, Sydney, Australia

Review of fishing kayak by senior kayak fisherman with a back conditionFishing Kayak Review     Tony DeFusco, New Hampshire

Fishing kayak review from Northern CaliforniaFirst Impressions W Fishing Kayak Review    Sam Wire, Northern California

fishing kayak review - Virginia

Review of Stand Up Tandem Fishing Kayak    Tom Soska, Virginia

review of offshore stand up fishing kayak, ItalyReview of Offshore Stand Up Fishing Kayak    Danilo Russolillo, Rome, Italy

review of kayak for tandem paddling, Ontario, CanadaReview Of The W500 As A Tamdem Kayak    Boyd and Sandy Smith, Ontario, Canada

review of fishing kayak, OhioQuick Review of W500 Fishing Kayak    John King, Ohio

Initial review of fishing kayak, llinoisCatching Fish in Maiden Kayak – Review    Matt Green, Illinois

fishing kayak review and trip report, TexasFishing Kayak Review and Trip Report     Jerry and Valerie Hudgens, Texas

fishing kayak review, Ontario, CanadaW500 Fishing Kayak Review    Bruce Parks,Ontario, Canada

No Picture icon 56Kayak Review by Kayaker With Spinal Fusion    Laura Palestrini, Georgia

No Picture icon 56Initial Review of Kayak for Big Guys     Jim Addison, British Columbia, Canada

Review of fishing kayak / tandem - TexasBass Kayak Fishing in Tandem    Marshall Godfrey, Texas

TX angler landing big fish in his kayakTouring and Fishing Kayak Review     Jesse Martinez, Texas

Review of fishing kayak, offshore, New ZealandOffshore Fishing Kayak Review    Dennis Hodgetts, New Zealand

No Picture icon 56First W500 Fishing Kayak Review From Dubai, UAE    Richie Peel, Dubai, UAE

review of stand up fly fishig kayak, CTShort Review of Stand Up Fly Fishing Kayak   Jay Petersen, Connecticut

paddling with disabilitiesKayak review by disabled kayaker    Jos Nieuwenhuijsen, Netherlands (Holland)

small sailing catamaran kayakW500 Sailing Kayak    Rafael Francke, sailor

initial review of fishing kayak, Norway, ScandinaviaInitial W500 Kayak Review    Eric Overdijk, Norway

fishing kayak review from MississippiFirst Impressions From W500 Fishing Kayak    Paul Harrison, Mississippi

Rigged fishing kayak, TexasFishing Kayak Rigged With a Detachable Wheel    Ray Schwertner, Texas

Rigged fishing kayak review, South CarolinaAmphibious, Rigged Fishing Kayak    Stan Trojanowski, South Carolina

No Picture icon 56Review of the W500 as Tandem Kayak    Ann Hubbard, North Carolina

Review of stand up fly fishing kayak, FloridaStand Up Fly Fishing Kayak Review   Kevin Eastman, Florida

Review of stand up fishing kayak, ArizonaStand Up Fishing Kayak Review    Jose Fernandez, Arizona

Review of fishing kayak, Ontario, CanadaFishing Kayak Review    Pyt Rotary, Ontario, Canada

kayak anglers looking at beached fishing kayaksFly Fishing Kayak Review    Bob Smaldone, Maine

Mike in his stand up fishing kayakFishing Kayak Review by elderly paddler    Mike Ratigan, upstate New York

Bowfin caught in fishing kayak, MinnesotaFishing Kayak Review     W. Taylor, Minnesota

Fishing kayak rigged with seat for a dogFishing Kayak With Dog Seat     Kay Rankel, Wisconsin

Motorized fishing kayak with folding outriggersOutrigger Motorized Kayak    Brian Vickery, California

Fishing kayak in Huntigton Horbor, CaliforniaOffshore Fishing Kayak Review    Alfred Jay, California

Fishing kayak review - AlaskaFly Fishing Kayak Review     Carl Williams, Alaska

Rigged Stand Up Fishing kayakRigged Offshore W500 Fly Fishing Kayak    Craig Masterman, Massachusetts

Rigged fishing kayak, North CarolinaRigged W500 Fishing Kayak     Darrell Beam, North Carolina

Fishing kayak beached, South AustraliaOffshore Fishing Kayak Review     Shaun Wilkeson, South Australia

Fishing kayak rigged with rowing oars, PennsylvaniaFishing Kayak Rigged With Oars     Dave Baumbaugh, Pennsylvania

Ed with a 27 inch redfish caught at the fcka kayak fishing tournamentW500 Fishing Kayak Review    Ed Wheeler, Florida

Richard in his fishing kayak, Crystal river, FLElderly Fisherman’s Fishing Kayak Review    Dick Sherman, Florida

Ken fishing standing in his kayak, WashingtonOlder Fisherman’s Stand Up Fishing Kayak Review     Ken Short, Port Angeles, Washington

No Picture icon 56W500 Fishing Kayak Review    James Phillips, British Columbia, Canada

Standing up in fishing kayak, Seattle, WashingtonStand Up Fishing Kayak Review     John Hunter, Seattle, Washington

No Picture icon 56W500 Kayak Review    Claire Gignac, Ontario, Canada

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One step at a time

By Dario Lazaric

Melbourne, Australia

I haven’t been in a lot of kayaks before.
I’ve been out with my wavewalk a couple of times, even caught a fish. Stood up, paddled, good fun.
It was tough paddling against the wind and waves, but I’m very happy with it, and it can do much more than in the conditions I took it out in.
Will take it out again sometime when the wind isn’t too strong. I want to get the motor on board as well, but one step at a time. I need to get an anchor, how do I attach it?
Very happy with it. I feel very safe and happy in the wavewalk.

 

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4 hp mercury outboard. Fitting the transom mount

 

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20″ propeller shaft

 

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Will need wheels to carry the wavewalk to the beach with the motor attached to it.


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Blue Edge Sports is a scam. Not Wavewalk’s dealer

Disclaimer –

To whom it may concern –

Blue Edge Sports was never affiliated with Wavewalk in any way

Wavewalk, Inc., the manufacturer of Wavewalk® kayaks, boats and accessories has neither dealers nor distributors in Australia. We sell Wavewalk® kayaks directly to our Australian clients through our Australyak service.

The Australian entity that called itself “Blue Edge Sports” has never been Wavewalk’s distributor in Australia, and it was never affiliated with our company in any way. Blue Edge Sports just offered for sale some Wavewalk 500 kayaks that it had purchased from a local person who had imported them to Australia back in 2012. The owner of Blue Edge Sports did that without our company’s approval.

Despite the fact that Wavewalk never recognized Blue Edge Sports as its dealer or distributor, and despite the fact that Blue Edge Sports is no longer an active business entity, Matt Ginnivan, the owner of Blue Edge Sports openly claims on his company’s Facebook page that he is an authorized dealer of our company. This is a blatant lie, and his claim is fraudulent.

Since Blue Edge Sports was not an authorized Wavewalk® dealer, and anyone who bought them did so at their own risk.
Accessories offered for sale by Blue Edge Sports as Wavewalk accessories were not original ones, and our company does not have any information about who made them, or how they were made.

Blue Edge Sports never bought any kayaks or accessories directly from the Wavewalk company.

Blue Edge Sports has crafted a website and a Facebook page that intentionally gave their visitors the false impression that they are visiting the website and Facebook page of Wavewalk’s official or otherwise recognized distributor in Australia, although our company had nothing to do with Blue Edge Sports.
Blue Edge Sports’ website and Facebook page have propagated blatantly false and intentionally misleading information, including expressions such as “Wavewalk Australia”,  despite the fact that we had warned Blue Edge Sports from the beginning that we are opposed to such deceptive activities, and that their use of such misleading terms and expressions is not an acceptable business practice, and it is both unfair and deceptive to Australian customers. Unfortunately, all we achieved so far was to limit Blue Edge Sports‘ use of Wavewalk’s logos and copyrighted material.

Since Blue Edge Sports hasn’t had any standing as a Wavewalk distributor, they faced problems convincing clients to buy kayaks from them. This must have been the reason why they advertised lies on their website, namely that they heard (quote): “horror stories of custom fees, damaged goods and long waits“, although in reality none of the kayaks we’ve shipped to Australia has ever been damaged, and we ship our Australian clients’ orders shortly after we receive them and the payment for them.

Blue Edge Sports bought in 2012 a small number of W500 kayaks from the person who had ordered them from us, and we think that they have run out of stock. We have no intention to sell our W500 and W700 kayaks to Blue Edge Sports, and we’re looking to recruit an official authorized distributor and authorized dealers in Australia. We advise any person or company in Australia who is interested in distributing our products in this country to ignore Blue Edge Sports’ activities and false claims, and to contact us  »