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Short Review of W500 Fishing Kayak, by Anthony DeFusco, New Hampshire

Tony is an elderly gentleman from New Hampshire. Together with his daughter Lisa, he picked up his green W500 here, in Sharon, Massachusetts.
In most cases, our clients order by mail, or buy from our dealers, and I don’t meet them face to face, unfortunately. Since I actually got to meet Tony and Lisa, I felt like publishing Tony’s short review, although we normally don’t publish a review unless it’s accompanied by pictures:

The 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


First Impressions From W500 Fishing Kayak – Paul Harrison, Mississippi

I’m very satisfied so far.

First trip straight to the Gulf of Mexico beach near Biloxi, MS. Practiced in a protected cove for 30 minutes or so, no problems with launching, beaching, and seated paddling (of course I’ve read all the advice and observations of others). Very stable and secure and comfortable. Will need to practice tight radius turning. Then out past the rock jetty into 1 to 2 ft choppy waves. No problems there either, straight on or side on to the waves … with the wind and waves, or against, no big problems. On way back into the cove did a little standup paddling. Was successful but practice will be needed here too for secure fishing and paddling. Amazingly there were 100s of people at the beach but no other paddlers. Guess they didn’t want to get wet and cold (water still warming up). Not a problem for me.

Next took W500 about 4.5 hrs north of MS coast to a remote wildlife preserve lake filled with cypress trees and logs. Beautiful day. Launched across a pile of floating logs and limbs at the bank and slid right over them without wetting my feet. Did a little fishing with no luck due to muddy water conditions. Great paddling, will need to decide anchor scheme so I can stay on a promising spot with less trouble in wind or current. Can really see that the W500 is comfortable and fun to paddle, but it’s real strength is allowing the average person to do OTHER things on the water like fish, hunt, explore, wildlife & bird watching, camp, etc. It will be great for river and beach cleanup days that are held in our area, due to its mobility, stability, and payload. A lot of fun and scenic river float trips are in our area too that I look forward to.

Paddled the bayou behind my home for the first time today and was able to have a comfortable standup session of about 30 minutes with no problem. Nice to see what is going on out ahead, fish tailing, birds, etc. Great exercise too.

BTW, it’s not very cool but my first kayak paddle is two 5ft (cheap) wooden canoe paddles spliced together, overlapped about 1ft, with two hose clamps. I can adjust the length until I decide what length paddle I really need. Total cost about $6 (already had the two paddles).

thanks … Paul

fishing kayak at cypress grove, MississippiMy W500 fishing kayak at Cypress Grove


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Kayak Fishing as an Extreme Sport

For most anglers, kayak fishing is an extreme sport. Extreme in the sense that an angler fishing from a kayak is compelled to give up the two essential things that any regular fishing motorboat provides, which are adequate stability and elementary comfort. The third requirement, storage space is important as well, but less than the first ‘must have’ two. Indeed, fishing kayaks are not stable enough, and they are extremely uncomfortable, when compared to regular size boats. As for storage in fishing kayaks, the situation is as dire as it is with regards to stability and ergonomics.

Kayak fishing promised a cheaper, hassle free, low maintenance, lightweight, car top form of fishing craft, and a direct, sporty experience. However, today, out of tens of millions of Americans who fish from boats, merely one in every thousand fishes from a kayak, and this is after a decade of promises that ‘kayak fishing is the fastest growing outdoors sport’, etc.  The bulk of US anglers have followed neither the kayak fishing pioneers nor the fishing kayak manufacturers’ hype, and since growth in kayak fishing participation is no longer as fast as it had been several years ago, it is safe to say that the US kayak fishing market has matured. This is partly a result of decreasing enthusiasm from new participants, as well as a high dropout rate that has been typical to this sport since its early beginnings.

Yes, but…

But kayak fishing feels extremely uncomfortable only if you’re fishing from the old fashion, sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks and sit-in kayaks. In contrast, when you fish from a W kayak, you experience a level of comfort that’s equivalent to that of fishing from a regular size boat, and some W fans would argue that you feel even better.

When stability is concerned, the level of stability an angler experiences while fishing from a W500 kayak is on par with what they’d feel fishing in a regular size fishing boat, in the sense that they are not required to constantly address the issue of balancing, and they can fish standing up with ease, comfort and confidence that are outside the world of fishing kayaks.

The W500 is the only kayak offering storage space that’s dry and accessible any time, and as much as any kayak angler may need, even if their fishing trip includes camping, and therefore carrying on board numerous and bulky items that so far only canoes and regular size boats could carry.

The future

This is to say that kayak fishing has a future, and a bright one, but not as the extreme sport it’s been for most kayak anglers so far. The future of kayak fishing as a broad base sport and leisure activity depends on the participation of regular people, who care about their personal comfort, and demand a performance level in stability and storage that is not sub-minimal.  In other words, the future of kayak fishing is W kayak fishing.



Wavewalk

Wavewalk, Inc. Background and Timeline

Wavewalk, Inc. was founded in 2001, in Massachusetts, by Yoav Rosen.
The company develops and manufactures small watercraft and related accessories.

In 2004, the company began selling its products factory direct, mainly in the US and Canada, and since then our products have been serving paddlers, anglers, hunters, divers, scientists and engineering companies worldwide.
More recently, we’ve started distributing our products through local dealers and distributors.

In 2005, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Wavewalk utility patent number 6871608 for our invention enabling the creation of a new class of small, personal watercraft, or super kayaks called Wavewalk® kayaks, also dubbed W kayaks and boats.

About Wavewalk® kayaks

Wavewalk introduced improvements in paddling, fishing and motorizing by offering  the world’s most stable product in the category of personal, small-size boats. Our patented W kayaks are stabler than the biggest and widest fishing kayaks, as well as canoes and kayaks equipped for outriggers (external stabilizers).
Wavewalk® kayaks have completely eliminated back pain, leg numbness and other physical discomfort commonly experienced by people who paddle sit-in and sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks, and fish from them.
When compared to canoes and other kayaks, Wavewalk® kayaks offer enhanced speed, control and tracking capabilities, as well as unrivaled mobility.
Wavewalk® kayaks offer by far more storage space than any other kayak, as well as better protection from the elements.
Some of our customers motorize their Wavewalk® kayaks, thus effectively turning them into personal, car-top motorboats that are comfortable and stable, and offer sufficient storage for touring, as well as for long camping and fishing trips, in fresh water as well as in the ocean.

Products – OVERVIEW

  • Our first kayak series was the 300 (2004-2010). It included the original version (2004-2007), and the redesigned version (2007-2008). 2004 was also the year in which we introduced our paddles, which we haven’t changed at all since then.
  • We introduced the 500 series in 2009, and it became a classic almost overnight. Anglers who use a W500 consider it to be the world’s best fishing kayak, mostly because it is back pain free, and much stabler than all other fishing kayaks, regardless of their size.
  • In the fall of 2014, following the success in motorizing Wavewalk® 500 kayaks, we introduced a version of the 500 series named the 570 model for offshore fishing.
  • In August of 2015, we introduced the 700 series that offers a level of stability that only full size boats (e.g. Jon boats) can offer, and allows for two anglers to fish out of it as well as motorize as they would in a boat. For these reasons we describe this new series as a two-person fishing boat that’s lightweight enough for one person to easily car-top. Needless to say that the 700 is unsurpassed as a paddle craft.
  • In the fall of 2015, we introduced a joystick steering system for motorized 700 boats that makes driving safer, easier and more fun, both seated and standing.
  • May 2017 – Our new Series 4 (S4) of portable boats / ultralight skiffs / paddle craft is breaking stability, payload, and speed records.

Trademarks

  • In February 2014, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registered the stylized letter W as our trademark, based on our use of it in commerce since 2009.
  • In December of 2015, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registered the word Wavewalk as our trademark, based on our use of it in commerce since 2007.
  • In 2016, the USPTO extended the registration of the Wavewalk trademark to a range of additional products and accessories.

Our company is dedicated to creating the world’s best kayaks for paddling and fishing, and the world’s best portable boats. We support our clients in a broad range of applications and regions. As far as one can judge from our customers’ testimonials, we’ve been successful in that.

About our website

In order to provide our customers with as much information as they need about our Wavewalk® kayaks, we created a website that features dozens of technical articles, dozens of demo movies, hundreds of full-featured kayak reviews contributed by customers, hundreds of trip reports, and more. Currently, our website features 1,600 pages, and it keeps growing…

We’re always happy to provide answers to your questions by phone, text, and email, or through your comments on this blog.

Special thanks to a large group of people who’ve contributed stories, pictures, videos, rigging ideas, fishing tips, and a lot of talent, experience and good will. The list of these people is long, and this website’s Contributors page honors those of them who’ve contributed the most.

CONTACT US

 

Call or text us: 774 315-6009

Email us to support@wavewalk.com »

Our address
Wavewalk, Inc.
3 Nicole Road
Mansfield, MA 02048
United States

Contact: Yoav Rosen

 


 

Address for factory pickups only:

Wavewalk c/o Rotational Molding Technologies
67742 County Road 23
New Paris, Indiana 46553
Phone: (574) 831-6450
Contact: Jimmy Rogers, Josephine Steele
Please call in advance to schedule pickup

The World’s Most Stable Fishing Kayak In Reality

Kayak fishing hype is everywhere, but the truth has a value of its own, since it can be demonstrated and proven in real life:

Kayak stability without comfort and safety is a misnomer, and so is kayak fishing standing and stand up paddling without comfort and safety.
It is not reasonable to expect a paddler or angler to rise up from the L position to a standing position, and it is reckless to expect that they’ll sit down from a standing position in case they lose balance, which always happens when you stand up in or on top a kayak.
This is where the 14 inches high W500 kayak saddle shines…

Stability is essential for fishing out of a kayak. Read more about what makes the W500 the world’s most stable kayak »

This short video shows in slow motion the stability offered by the W500 fishing kayak in the riding position:

More on paddling and fishing in the riding position »

NEW: 

If you’re impressed with the W500 kayak’s extreme stability, watch the W700’s absolute stability:

 

 
A 205 lbs man can stand in full confidence on the side of the W700. This revolutionary stability puts the W700 in the boat category. It is no longer a kayak as far as stability is concerned.