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A fishing kayak review is a testimonial written by a kayak angler, in which they describe their experience with a particular fishing kayak model. In such a review, the author typically offers their observations regarding various features of the kayak as well as its performance.
Some reviews tell the author’s initial impression from the kayak, and others are comprehensive and detailed articles composed after considerable time spent in fishing out of the kayak, and outfitting (‘rigging’) it to fit the author’s particular fishing style and needs,
Any fishing kayak review that’s not signed by its author’s full name and state is worthless as a source of information, because it is suspected to be phony and created by either a person affiliated with that kayak’s manufacturer, or paid by them. therefore, most fishing kayak reviews found on the web lack credibility.
Pictures attached to the review often make it more informative, as well as serve to increase its credibility.
Wavewalk’s website features some 200 reviews that include their authors’ full name and state, as well as pictures, in most cases.
Wavewalk also publishes reviews contributed by its dealers since they use W kayaks for their own personal use, and they neither sell nor use other kayaks. This fact is important, since Wavewalk is the only kayak company who has its fans act as its local dealers.

White S4 arrived

By Jack Snapp



Took off from work early to get my S4 on the water the first time.
Arrived at boat launch and five minutes later was in the water. That’s at first! And without getting wet!   🙂
Easy to paddle seated or standing. Only minor issue was tracking in straight line up-river while coasting. Not an issue going down-river.
Shouldn’t be a problem with two people.
Can’t wait to motorize.
Woo Hoo!!!!!

Oh, love the storage. Can pack it at home and then straight in the water. Same when coming out of water. Not like a SOT kayak where you loading/unloading your gear to transport.
That’s a huge plus for me.







Update I

Spent 3 1/2 hours on Lake Dunlap this morning.
Beautiful day. Got lots of stares. Almost constant paddling, seated and standing.
So comfortable!
Could have gone much longer.


Update II

Had a blast on the water on Sunday. Just need to get used to steering behind me. S4 handled perfectly, even over the wakes from other boats and jet skis. Got a few stares and thumbs up. Plenty of power from the 6hp Tohatsu to get to my fishing spots quickly. Then, I can tilt the motor up and paddle/pole around the skinny water.

Update III

Got my S4 up to 13 mph, but it runs consistently at 11 mph at open throttle. Just me and light gear on board. Wonder if others are experiencing the same, or better. Love to jump the wakes of jet skis and other boats. But, normally not at top speed. It could easily handle a larger motor.

Wavewalk S4 with 2 HP Honda outboard in strong wind, lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

By Pyt Rotary

Ontario, Canada

Lake Simcoe is a 280 square mile lake in Ontario.

12km/h [7 mph] with Honda 2Hp against wind of 24km/h [15 mph]

Lots of fun except my rocky mistake to not have enough gas with me.
I got excited and let the boat run for 15km straight into the lake and realize I am out of gas.
I paddled back half the distance and got gas from shore.
Now I know… From now on I will carry enough gas with me.
Luckily I paid with just one blister on my hand.

I did come back at night and feel SUPER SAFE in it.
It is a great, fantastic boat.


(added comment) –

The S4 is SUPER, SUPER, SUPER stable. It does not sway at all.
I have been in bigger boats with V shape hulls.
Those boats don’t have the same stability on the water as the S4. The waves hammer them straight in the teeth.
The catamaran design cut the waves like a knife cuts through butter.
Definitely there is room for more HP on the S4.

It was my fist ever trip with a gas motor, I do use W500 with an electric motor but never played with gas before. Lots of fun. Now I can reach easily lots of my fishing spots.
Regards from Ontario, Canada.

(added later) –

After 7 years of tests I think I found the best way to store the rods on Wavewalk, at least for me.

The challenge was in S4 where drilling on the back side where the gas engine reside is not much appealing to me.
So what I did was to buy 2 Homer Tool boxes from Home depot $10 each and use the box to store dry different items at the tip of the S4.
The end of the fishing rod where the reel is, rests on the box and the tip is secured on the upper side of the kayak with sticking Velcro (same Home Depot).

I had some exist on water testing and I can carry easily 4,5 fishing rods in S4.
Since I like the concept I start to think how I can fit that in W500.

I got 2 plastic rings from dollar stores (shower curtains rings) and secure them with a round screw inside the tips on back side under the transom. The handle of the rods rest inside the rings, the tip of the rods is secured by same sticking Velcro in front of W500. 2 rods can be stored easily inside a W500 this way.

Now I am still in doubt to install the same rings in S4 as well since the setup is so successful for me in W500. I will still used the Tool boxes as storage (2L of gas, gloves, tackle, ropes, anchor).

More kayak fishing with Pyt in Canada  »


We launched the Wavewalk® Series 4 dubbed S4 in May of 2017. So far, it has been acclaimed by its users as a very comfortable and easy to paddle kayak, and a high performance motorboat in terms of fishability, versatility, comfort, load capacity, stability, and seaworthiness.
We publish a Wavewalk review only if it features its author’s full name and state, and pictures (or videos).
We publish reviews contributed by Wavewalk dealers as long as they use our kayaks and boats themselves for paddling, fishing, touring, hunting etc. We listen attentively to what they have to tell us because we think such people know what they’re talking about. We also recommend that our clients consult with them.


Motorized Wavewalk S4 rigged for lobster fishing    By Jesse Stephenson, southeastern Florida



Review of my Wavewalk S4   By its own designer



Testing the Wavewalk S4 in our maiden offshore voyage   By Magnus Chung, Northern California



Review of the Wavewalk S4 as a shrimping boat   By Fin Gold, North Carolina



Review of a Wavewalk S4 with a 3.5 HP motor, and paddlingGold’s S4 – pics and videos of first tests   By Fin Gold, North Carolina



Review of a Wavewalk S4 motor boat with a 6 HP outboard, and three anglers fishing standing in itMy Wavewalk S4   By Mike Silva, Massachusetts



Review of a Wavewalk S4 motor boat with an 8 HP outboard, Rhode IslandMaiden voyage with my Wavewalk S4 and an 8 HP Mercury outboard motor   By Paul Partridge, Rhode Island


Review of the Wavewalk S4, PennsylvaniaWavewalk S4 first impression   By Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania



Initial review of the Wavewalk S4 as a solo kayak for paddling, TexasWavewalk S4 for solo paddling, and updates on driving with an outboard motor    By Jack Snapp, Texas



Review of motorized Wavewalk S4 on Lake Simcoe, OntarioWavewalk S4 with 2 HP Honda outboard in strong wind, lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada   By Pyt Rotary, Ontario, Canada



Review Our Wavewalk S4 tandem kayakOur Wavewalk S4 tandem kayak    By Carl & Nichole Rodgers, Florida



Review of the Wavewalk S4 skiff with 3 passengers on board, and a new Tohatsu outboard motorWavewalk S4 skiff with 3 passengers on board, and a new Tohatsu outboard motor
By Captain Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida



Review of My Wavewalk S4 in brownMy Wavewalk S4 in brown    By Lee Trolan, Virginia



Wavewalk Series 4 review and testing, St. Augustine, FloridaWavewalk Series 4 review and testing, St. Augustine, Florida   By David Hernandez, Florida



Review of the Wavewalk S4 – first impressionReview of the Wavewalk S4 – first impression   By Rafael Francke, California



Review of the Wavewalk S4 driving in ocean waves – first impressionSeaworthiness: Driving the Wavewalk S4 in 3-5 ft waves   By Captain Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida



Wavewalk S4 first sea trial on windy day, with 5 HP outboard motor. Review and video.Wavewalk S4 first sea trial on windy day, with 5 HP outboard motor. Review and video.
By Captain Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida


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Our Wavewalk S4 tandem kayak

Carl & Nichole Rodgers


We took the boat out for the first time last night and it was the smoothest I’ve ever seen the back waters around here and no boat traffic. We paddled around for hours watched the sun go down on the gulf, saw dolphins, fish, and listened to music under the stars.
Loving the boat!













Review of my Wavewalk 500 with an electric trolling motor and transportation wheels (video)

By Eric Klimstra

Ontario, Canada

I was lucky enough for someone to be selling their Wavewalk on kijiji and I became the proud owner of this 500T.

I was at a pike tournament this weekend and I was taped showing off my new ‘toy’ … I thought you’d want the video so here you go:



I was meaning to do a video when I was done setting it up but of course the cool design blew this guy away and he offered to do one. Tonnes of people asked me about it and I demo’d on the water how stable it was for most.

I made the wheel system and use the inexpensive red carabiner style ropes to keep it with me when I go in the water.

I still plan to do some more tweaks over time but this first time out was a blast.

Keep up the good work… I think a 700 is going to be in my future so I can fit a couple people comfortably for fishing.