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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.

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.

In 2018, we moved our office to Rhode Island, The Ocean State.

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 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 1,800 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.
115 Terrace Avenue
Riverside, RI 02915
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.

The World’s Best Fishing Kayak In Reality

Marketing hype is everywhere, but reality is there too, and you can see it with your own eyes:

This is the first movie in a new series proving the absolute technical superiority of the W500 in all aspects of kayak paddling and fishing, starting from dry and easy launching.
BTW, can people who use other kayaks even imagine what we’re talking about?…

You don’t have to run towards the kayak and hop into it as this movie shows – You can simply walk in, and settle inside comfortably, taking your time.
In any case, your feet will stay dry, and you’ll enjoy a 100% hassle free launching.

The movie shows some pretty energetic stand up kayak paddling, but you can do the same in a perfectly relaxed manner, paddling on both sides of your kayak, or on one side with a canoe style J stroke.

As for beaching, you just slide to the back of the kayak’s cockpit and by that raise its bow, so you can easily slide it up and land on firm ground, step out with no problem, and keep your feet dry, as usual with W kayak paddlers and anglers.


In The Press: Florida Sport Fishing Magazine About Our W500 Fishing Kayak

It’s not often that a major, mainstream fishing magazine reports the fact we offer something new, useful and exciting to the fishing world.

Mike Genoun, the editor of Florida Sport Fishing magazine published this short news story in the New Products section of the magazine’s March issue (paper):

Story about the world's most stable fishing kayak - Florida Sport Fishing Magazine

Thanks Mike!