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Blue Edge Sports is a scam. Not Wavewalk’s dealer

Disclaimer –

To whom it may concern –

Blue Edge Sports was never affiliated with Wavewalk in any way

Wavewalk, Inc., the manufacturer of Wavewalk® kayaks, boats and accessories has neither dealers nor distributors in Australia. We sell Wavewalk® kayaks directly to our Australian clients through our Australyak service.

The Australian entity that called itself “Blue Edge Sports” has never been Wavewalk’s distributor in Australia, and it was never affiliated with our company in any way. Blue Edge Sports just offered for sale some Wavewalk 500 kayaks that it had purchased from a local person who had imported them to Australia back in 2012. The owner of Blue Edge Sports did that without our company’s approval.

Despite the fact that Wavewalk never recognized Blue Edge Sports as its dealer or distributor, and despite the fact that Blue Edge Sports is no longer an active business entity, Matt Ginnivan, the owner of Blue Edge Sports openly claims on his company’s Facebook page that he is an authorized dealer of our company. This is a blatant lie, and his claim is fraudulent.

Since Blue Edge Sports was not an authorized Wavewalk® dealer, and anyone who bought them did so at their own risk.
Accessories offered for sale by Blue Edge Sports as Wavewalk accessories were not original ones, and our company does not have any information about who made them, or how they were made.

Blue Edge Sports never bought any kayaks or accessories directly from the Wavewalk company.

Blue Edge Sports has crafted a website and a Facebook page that intentionally gave their visitors the false impression that they are visiting the website and Facebook page of Wavewalk’s official or otherwise recognized distributor in Australia, although our company had nothing to do with Blue Edge Sports.
Blue Edge Sports’ website and Facebook page have propagated blatantly false and intentionally misleading information, including expressions such as “Wavewalk Australia”,  despite the fact that we had warned Blue Edge Sports from the beginning that we are opposed to such deceptive activities, and that their use of such misleading terms and expressions is not an acceptable business practice, and it is both unfair and deceptive to Australian customers. Unfortunately, all we achieved so far was to limit Blue Edge Sports‘ use of Wavewalk’s logos and copyrighted material.

Since Blue Edge Sports hasn’t had any standing as a Wavewalk distributor, they faced problems convincing clients to buy kayaks from them. This must have been the reason why they advertised lies on their website, namely that they heard (quote): “horror stories of custom fees, damaged goods and long waits“, although in reality none of the kayaks we’ve shipped to Australia has ever been damaged, and we ship our Australian clients’ orders shortly after we receive them and the payment for them.

Blue Edge Sports bought in 2012 a small number of W500 kayaks from the person who had ordered them from us, and we think that they have run out of stock. We have no intention to sell our W500 and W700 kayaks to Blue Edge Sports, and we’re looking to recruit an official authorized distributor and authorized dealers in Australia. We advise any person or company in Australia who is interested in distributing our products in this country to ignore Blue Edge Sports’ activities and false claims, and to contact us  »

Getting a Wavewalk® kayak in Australia

Since 2011, we’ve been selling Wavewalk® kayaks factory direct to clients in Australia through a service we dubbed ‘Australyak‘. We ship our clients’ orders regularly to the main ports in Australia: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

Our Australian clients get all the technical and sales support they need directly from us by email and by phone, and they pay us by direct transfer (ACH) or by international check in US dollars.
We charge our Australian clients $210 US in total including insurance for shipping their W500 from the US factory to a major Australian port, and and we charge $270 for doing the same for a W700. Once we know your address we can find the cheapest way to ship the kayak to you.
We ship each Wavewalk® kayak in a custom cardboard box, for maximum protection, and our shipments are insured.
Typical transit time for such a shipment is 4 weeks, but it can take a couple of weeks more, depending on cutoff dates and other factors over which we have no control.

Once the boxed Wavewalk® kayak and accessories reach their Australian port of destination, the client has to take care of customs clearing and transportation from the port to their address. We provide our clients with all necessary documentation for customs.
Australian duty on US made kayaks is minimal thanks to the Australia-USA Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), which dates back to 2004. However, our Australian clients are required to pay the Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST), like they do on all other products.
Other local expenses that Australian clients need to be aware of are port taxes and fees which may vary from time to time and from one port to another, and storage fees if the client requires the box to be stored locally before picking it up.

We can also ship to inland local freight terminals where the client would pickup their box.

How we manage to offer such low shipping rates to Australian ports

Adding $210 and $270 as extra shipping fee to an Australian port helps us pay for shipping to our Australian clients –
The actual cost of shipping a boxed Wavewalk™ kayak from the US factory to a main Australian port is between $450 and $550, depending on whether it’s a W500 or W700, and on the port of destination.
However, we don’t have to charge the full cost of shipping to Australia since our kayaks are already priced with a local shipping component for our US customers. This figure rarely covers our own cost when we ship a single box to an end customer’s address in the continental US, but it does cover much of it. We use these funds to cover part of our cost of shipping to our Australian clients, so they don’t have to pay the full cost of shipping.

We have neither a national distributor nor any local dealers in Australia at this time, and we are looking to recruit such distributors. Learn more »


W Kayak For Fishing and Bird Watching, by Russell Dodd, Western Australia

Due to back problems, conventional kayaks and canoes have become unusable for Russell, so he ordered a W500 for himself to paddle solo and in tandem with his wife Wendy:

It got a first run up the Canning River. Wendy & I got in straight up and pushed off – I must say it very stable and everything I expected it to be.
Paddling double up required some focus, as I am used to a Canadian Canoe which is what we used in Zimbabwe.
As a fishing and bird watching platform the W500 is certainly is a great unit. The bird watching from the kayak has been great.

Most of my focus has been directed towards sorting out a pulley harness to store the kayak in our garage roof and make it easy to load when we go out.
Also thinking about installing a forward mount electric trolling motor that’s foot controlled and leaves your hands free for other things – used to be great for bass fishing in Zimbabwe.

Everything is fine – have not used the kayak as much as I would have liked.
I am still taking things very slowly still.
Wendy and I have had 2 great trips on the sea out to Penguin Island and Seal Island just south of Rockingham which we loved. On the last trip I had a session standing and paddling on my own which certainly highlighted why I went for the W500, plus how much less drag there is opposed to carrying 2 up.
On Saturday I took a friend up the Canning which he loved.
Plans in April / May to go up to Denmark, 450kms south of Perth to test it on the inlets there & hopefully will get some photos for you.
The only photos I have taken to date are of mostly of birds and some of the seals and for that the W500 has proved to be wonderful – it gets you right into the zone. Within a year or 2 we should also get back up to the Ningaloo reef off Exmouth again which is what I really wanted the Kayak for – To get us out to the whales just on the edge of the reef and the fishing.
I have made up a roof extension frame to help load up the W500 onto our Grand Vitara roof – thanks to the good advice from your site and current project is to make some trolley wheels so I can manage on my own.
At least the w500 gets me into spots that are good for the soul.

Russell Dodd

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