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Riding Tropical Storm Irene In The Stand Up Kayak

Earlier today we took the W500 kayak to the beach at lake Massapoag, a 1 square mile lake in eastern Massachusetts, on the path of Irene – a tropical storm at that point in time.
The wind was blowing at 35 mph, with long gusts of up to 55 mph, beating the waters of this small lake to waves between 1 and 2 ft high.
Such waves are almost unnoticed when you’re paddling the W500, but paddling standing up against such powerful headwind isn’t easy, as you’ll see in this movie:

Can you jump up and down, and from side to side in the W500? -Absolutely!
Can you fall down with all your weight without losing balance at all, and rise to your feet instantly and with zero effort? -Absolutely!
-Watch this classic video and see for yourself:

The paddler in both videos is middle aged, non athletic, 6 ft tall (1.84 m), and weighs 200 lbs (90.7 kg)- He’s neither a small sized, lightweight guy, nor an athlete who just graduated from college.

The 28.5″ wide W kayak offers unrivaled stability – Much more than any other kayak, including extra wide ones, and even kayaks outfitted with outriggers.
What’s the technical explanation behind such unrivaled stability? –
Read more about stability in fishing kayaks, and the patented invention enabling this super stability >>

True stand up paddling requires a kayak that fulfills a number of basic requirements. The W kayak is the only kayak offering true stand up paddling – Interested to learn more about stand up paddling? – Continue reading >>

Fishing Kayak Review From Tony DeFusco, New Hampshire Fisherman

Last year, we published this review for the first time, although back then Tony and his daughter Lisa had not sent us pictures. We felt it was important for our elderly visitors, especially those who suffer from serious back problems, to read a testimonial from someone in their condition who enjoys kayak fishing whenever the weather in New Hampshire allows for it…
Now that Lisa sent us these new pictures of her dad in his W500 kayak, we decided to republish this review, and this rime as a full featured fishing kayak review, including even a good looking bass… -Thank you Lisa! 🙂

Elderly New Hampshire kayak fisherman showing bassThe 500 is great. It only took a minimum amount of time of actual paddling to get used to the kayak.
The weather is still bad but I am planning to get out next week and see if I can catch a fish.
My daughter Lisa and I have spent many hours fishing out of the kayaks on the weekends but I have not slimed the 500 yet. Today we had to quit because our hands got so cold.
The 500 is very stable and easy to control. The stability is very important as I had a major surgery on my back last year and somehow it messed up my balance.
You have designed a great craft. Thanks to you I can enjoy fishing again.

Tony

New Hampshire kayak fisherman paddling his kayak

Tony hand crafted his own paddle

Kayak fisherman paddling, New Hampshire



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Highest Stand Up Paddling Kayak – SUP for Fishing Kayak Stability Demo

This is a new demo movie showing stand up paddling from the top of the W500 kayak’s 14 inch high saddle.
There is no point in paddling this way, and we made this movie just to show another, fun aspect of Super Stability in W kayaks.
Naturally, when you paddle standing you want to stand at the lowest point possible, which in the W kayak means the bottom of the hulls, below waterline. In SOT kayaks it means standing on top of a kayak, several inches above waterline, which is noticeably less stable.
We also show a short “What If” sequence, in which the paddler drops down from the top of the saddle into the hulls, and instantly regains balance and control, seated in the super-stable Riding position.

This was also an opportunity to show the 9ft long, extra rigid and durable W paddle used for push poling in very shallow water.


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CHOOSING A KAYAK | STABILITY | MOTORIZING | FISHING | PADDLING | ERGONOMICS | DESIGN | OUTFITTING

Choosing a kayak

  1. Fishing Kayak Reviews
  2. SOT kayak stability, or lack thereof
  3. A decade later – Review of the Wavewalk 500 (W500) kayak
  4. Wavewalk S4 review by its own designer
  5. Happy Birthday W700!
  6. Pedal drive for my fishing kayak?
  7. Review of my Wavewalk 700
  8. Why I became a Wavewalk kayak owner By Michael Chesloff
  9. A Fair-Weather Fishing Kayak…
  10. How to Save Money When Buying a Fishing Kayak
  11. Are SOT Kayaks Safe For Offshore Fishing?
  12. How to Choose a Fishing Kayak That’s Best For You
  13. What Color and Form for My Fishing Kayak?

Stability

  1. Fishing Kayak Stability
  2. SOT kayak stability, or lack thereof
  3. Outriggers
  4. Boat stability in a kayak
  5. A stable kayak for photography
  6. How effective are outriggers for your fishing kayak’s stability?
  7. Do Not Overload Your Fishing Kayak
  8. How Effective Can Fishing Kayaks’ Outriggers Be?
  9. What Makes The Wavewalk 500 The Stablest Fishing Kayak
  10. Kayak Fishing Standing – And What If? (Stuff Happens)
  11. Stability in Fishing Kayaks – Problems and Solutions

Motorizing

  1. Motorizing Your Kayak – Why, How, What Etc…
  2. The perfect boat tender: Wavewalk S4 in a dinghy role By Captain Larry Jarboe
  3. Full size spray shield for motorized Wavewalk S4
  4. Boat for waterfront property
  5. The world’s fastest motor kayak
  6. 10 good reasons to motorize your kayak
  7. Portable boats
  8. The smallest and greatest skiff
  9. Developments in Motorized Kayaks
  10. Wakes are fun?
  11. How much HP for my S4 skiff’s outboard motor?
  12. Jon Boat Stability vs. Wavewalk® S4
  13. Testing 15″ short (S) shaft outboard motor performance with Wavewalk kayaks and boats By Captain Larry Jarboe
  14. How to measure an outboard motor’s propeller shaft length?
  15. Choosing an outboard motor for your Wavewalk® 700 skiff
  16. Outboard motor propeller shaft length for Wavewalk® fishing kayaks and boats
  17. Kayaks and Boats, Kayak vs. Boat
  18. Keeping the cockpit of your Wavewalk dry at sea
  19. Flats boat or bass boat, or something else?
  20. Steering motorized fishing kayaks and small boats
  21. Microskiff
  22. A better two-person fishing boat
  23. Your boat trailer, the abominable fishing-time guzzler
  24. Motorize your fishing kayak?
  25. Thrust in Electric Trolling Motors for Fishing Kayak

Fishing

  1. Bass fishing in Ontario By Boyd Smith
  2. Fishing offshore – the next frontier
  3. More is less in your fishing kayak’s cockpit – Too much stuff and too little fishability
  4. Smarter electric motors and Lithium-Ion batteries – A winning combination for kayak fishing By Gary Thorberg
  5. Ocean Kayak Fishing
  6. Kayak fishing with disabilities
  7. Storage: How Much Gear Can You Store Inside a Wavewalk 500 Fishing Kayak?
  8. A Brief History Of Kayak Fishing – Past, Present, and Foreseeable Future
  9. About Kayak Fishing In Tandem…
  10. More About Dangers To Kayakers and Kayak Anglers in Warm, Fresh Water
  11. Kayak Fishing As An Extreme Sport
  12. Too Much Storage In A Fishing Kayak…
  13. More Storage Than Any Other Kayak: The W500
  14. Stand Up Kayak Fishing and Paddling – For Real
  15. Fishability – How Fishable Are Kayaks?
  16. Lures for Bass Kayak Fishing By Roxanne Davis
  17. Saltwater Fishing Gear Maintenance By Jeff McGovern
  18. Kayak Fishing With Children
  19. The Wavewalk Kayak Combat Position For Fighting a Big Fish
  20. Fishing Standing in a Kayak
  21. Kayak Fishing in Shallow Water
  22. Common Kayak Fishing Myths, Tales and Hype
  23. What To Carry On Board Your Fishing Kayak By Jeff McGovern
  24. Southern Kayak Fishermen’s Complaints
  25. Clamp Mounted Side Mount For Fishing Kayak Electric Trolling Motor

Paddling

  1. Paddling in Strong Wind
  2. KAYAK TOURING
  3. Paddling 340 Miles in a W500 Kayak By Clint Harlan
  4. Wavewalk kayak tracking a plus in strong tidal current By Art Myjak
  5. What makes the Wavewalk 500 faster and easier to paddle than other fishing kayaks?
  6. How to Keep Your W500 Fishing Kayak Cockpit Dry
  7. About Rudders and Fishing Kayaks
  8. Paddling and Kayak Fishing in Cold Water and Weather
  9. Headwind and Side Wind – Paddling in Strong Wind Without a Rudder
  10. Getting Trapped Inside a Kayak
  11. Are Sea Kayaks Seaworthy?

Ergonomics

  1. Ergonomics and Biomechanics in Kayaks
  2. What Is kayak Back Pain, And What Does It Mean For You?
  3. Resting in Your Fishing Kayak – Don’t Fall Asleep!
  4. Lumbar Spine and Kayak Back Pain: Facts
  5. Kayak Fishing Safety: Is It safe To Paddle An Uncomfortable Kayak And Fish From It?
  6. Stretching in Your Kayak to Relieve Fatigue and Pain, and Improve Circulation
  7. Kayaking Back Pains and Leg Numbness
  8. Range of Motion and Protection From the Fish – Kayak Comparison By Jeff McGovern
  9. Casting From A W Fishing Kayak Compared To Casting From Sit-In and SOT Fishing Kayaks By Jeff McGovern
  10. Whether paddling or fishing in your kayak, try to stay dry
  11. Kayak Fishing From the Mounted (Riding) Position
  12. The Yak Back – What Your Fishing Kayak Shouldn’t Do To You
  13. Common Kayak Injuries

Design

  1. Personal Catamaran
  2. The secrets of the SOT kayak’s underside
  3. About fishing kayak design, innovation, upgrades, accessories, etc.
  4. The Hybrid Fishing Kayak – Facts, Hype and Plain Nonsense
  5. THE BARGE – A NEW CLASS OF FISHING KAYAKS
  6. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Aesthetics and Performance in Fishing Kayak Design
  7. Paddle vs. Pedal Drive in Fishing Kayaks
  8. Back Pain, Good Posture and Kayak Fishing
  9. Kayak Side Flotation- How it Works and Why Use it
  10. Kayak Hydrodynamics, Hydrostatics and Biomechanics As Speed Factors
  11. The Evolution of the Kayak
  12. Versatility: From Specialized Kayaks to Broad Range, High Performance Kayaks
  13. Mobility: The New Dimension in Kayak Design

Outfitting

  1. Full size spray shield for motorized Wavewalk S4
  2. Watertight riveting in kayaks and boats
  3. Aluminum rivets in fishing kayaks and boats
  4. Whatever floats your boat – flotation for fishing kayaks
  5. Dog on board
  6. Some Practical Advice About Rigging Your Fishing Kayak
  7. Rigging Your Wavewalk Kayak With a Milk Crate – Is it Necessary?
  8. How to Avoid and Repair Scratches in Your Kayak
  9. Wheels For Fishing Kayak Transportation
  10. Detachable Flotation For Fishing Kayak

Wavewalk Demo Movies

Quick Review of W500 Fishing Kayak by John King, Ohio

I have only had the w500 out a couple of times, and so far I love it.
Fishing out of it is great and easier than I thought it would be.
My son uses a sot kayak for fishing and he tried the w500 and was impressed with the stability, and how well it tracks.
I hope to get some more time in it soon.
Our weather here (condition of the waterways) has not been great, and my work schedule has been a bit taxing but should slow down in a couple of weeks.
I hope to retire next year, and the w500 is going to be getting wet a whole lot.
Still planning out the rigging and should have some of it completed before I take it out the next time. I have noticed you have picked up some more distributors.
When anyone asks me about my w500, they definitely learn that I am very pleased with it.

John L. King

New: Read John’s full review of his now rigged W fishing kayak, with pictures >>

New: Watch movie of John running rapids in his Wavewalk 500 kayak >>


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