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Testing the Wavewalk S4 in our maiden offshore voyage

By Magnus Chung

San Francisco Bay Area, California

I finally got a chance to take the S4 out and test it on the water. It’s working beautifully with the Honda 2.3 engine. We actually have 3 people seat in it comfortably and both paddling and using the motor works quite well.

We launched the S4 at a rocky beach, and dragging the S4 over the sharp rocks caused some scratches on the bottom of the S4. This is a minor issue, and I’ve decided not to worry about it 🙂

Overall, I am very satisfied with the S4. Great Kayak and I can’t wait to show it off to my friends on the next fishing trip!

I was too busy with the S4. There aren’t any pics while the S4 is cruising in the water since all three of us were in the S4 and didn’t have anyone to take pictures from the shore.
Here are some of the pics my friend took on the beach –



First time paddling my Wavewalk 500 in Lake Margarita

By Karen Briefer-Gose


First time out, was perfect. All my goofy looking sun protection gear on (don’t care, I’m a melanoma survivor). Loved it! Plenty of room to carry stuff. Not tippy. And no having to extricate myself from it.

Kathi took this video of me 5 minutes into our first outing at Lake Margarita. Felt really comfortable. Headwind gave me a workout, but was fun. My Wavewalk is a zillion times more comfortable and roomy than Kathi’s little 10′ sit in kayak and didn’t mind getting caught in people’s wakes. This is the perfect kayak for me!!!!!


A few days before the trip

Review of the Wavewalk S4 – first impression

By Rafael Francke



Rafael owns a catamaran yacht that he and his wife Heidi designed. For the past six years Rafael and his family have used a Wavewalk 500 as a tender boat for it, as well as a versatile fun boat, which they sailed with a DIY outrigger.
Rafael was looking to replace his Wavewalk 500 with a bigger Wavewalk 700, but he decided to order an S4 as soon as he heard that we were planning to offer such a boat. Rafael and his family waited patiently for several months for the S4 project to materialize, and they were among the first to receive their order. This is Rafael’s “first impression” review of his Wavewalk S4-

Outboard motor: I had no problem at all.

Sailing by wind: I tested the W S4 in light wind, and it handles very nice. Sailing without a rudder, and without a dagger board, I can control the direction by moving my location in the W S4 front and aft.

Very easy seating on the saddle.

Paddle: Too bad I didn’t order an extra long paddle, because I found that my common 8 ft kayak paddle was too short.

The W S4 is more stable than I expected. It’s a real pleasure.

One of our friends likes the S4 and he’s thinking of getting one too.





Read how a few weeks later, Rafael’s S4 survived a car accident, and how he repaired it »

UPDATE (August)

After Rafael repaired his S4, he and his family started using it in various applications –

Says Rafael: –
“The S-4 is alive and well, in the picture, last week the S-4 is decorated for a dinghy party.
There is a lot of interest in it.
In two days the S-4 is going on a camping trip to Oregon to see the Eclipse. We hope to use it on Shasta lake.
When on the water the S-4 is a very stable boat, using the 3 hp Yamaha it moves very nice.
It is little heavy to lift on to our “big” boat, but it pays back when in use on the water.”

My W570 with 3.5 hp Tohatsu outboard

By Warren Thomas




Launching at the beach. I took a SUP board and SUP paddle with me…


On the way to the beach


View of the California coast


Another picture shot from my boat


That red kill-switch lanyard had to be attached to me, of course…


My w570 next to the van


At the beach


Still in the box


My van packed with SUP gear, a W570, my new Tohatsu 3.5 hp outboard motor, and the wheel cart


W570 20-15 with 3.5 Tohatsu outboard.


The Wavewalk TMM 20-15 motor mount model is not rated for such horsepower. This motor has so much torque that we’re not taking any chance…


We reinforced this TMM 20-15 motor mount in multiple points, including doubling the  thickness of its vertical mounting plate.



Me and my dog Rufus made it to California Sportsman Magazine, by Mike Hancock

The editor of California Sportsman Magazine saw my Kayak Blog and liked it so much he ask if it was OK to publish it.
Of course I said no. Ha ha  😉


Cover of California Sportsman Magazine

Cover of the latest issue of California Sportsman Magazine

Trying Out a New Style of 'Yak - Fishing kayak review

My article “Trying Out a New Style of ‘Yak” – A review of the Wavewalk fishing kayak


My dog Rufus is seen in one of the top-right corner pictures of this page!