If you had any doubt about the stability of the W Fishing Kayak… let this video serve as a demonstration of how truly awesome this boat is:
With traditional kayaks, seal launching is typically done from a height of just a few feet, because going too far will more than likely assure a capsize. Also, kids and teens, i.e. inexperienced kayakers, are discouraged from attempting to seal launch due to the propensity for capsize and injury that this technique has. In the W Kayak, even a nine year old kid is able to not only seal launch successfully over and over, but from a height of several yards up a steep slope. Although this isn’t necessarily recommended to the average W Kayaker, it’s clear that this intrepid kid is having the time of his life 🙂
Jesse and his two young kids, a girl and a boy, have nothing but positive reviews for the W Fishing Kayak. This Texan family’s kayak fishing trips have yielded hours of fun and plenty of great pictures and videos:
Jesse’s kids posing with their family’s new W Kayak.
Clearly two very happy campers- fun abounds when fishing from the W Kayak.
Jesse even provided a great video of his kids having a blast in the kayak.
Overall, the W Kayak is fun for the whole family, even kids and teens, without the hassle or boringness of traditional fishing kayaks. Read more about kids kayak fishing >
Almost everyone can agree that going to the beach is fun; sun, waves, and golden sand make a perfect combination for summer enjoyment. The ocean provides an abundance of possibilities for fun activities: swimming, surfing, kayaking, etc. However, both surfing and kayaking in the ocean are activities that are potentially dangerous and unpleasant.
Surfing, or paddling on a ‘stand up paddle board’ [SUP board] both rely on a steady supply of good waves to ride for fun, otherwise you’re just gonna be sitting around bored out of your mind for hours on end. SUP boards are especially problematic because paddling them is an incredibly precarious endeavor- your center of gravity whilst paddling is much to high for the average person to keep their balance, especially if accosted by lateral or head-on waves. Ocean kayaking from traditional kayaks is also outlandish- one wave hits you and you can capsize easily, at best an inconvenience and worst a potentially life threatening danger.
Teens still love surfing and stand up paddling though because of the adrenaline rush of riding a wave to shore, and we flock to the beach every year to do so every year. One new craft, however, has recently emerged as a solution to all the old problems of wave riding: the W Fishing Kayak. The W Kayak allows anyone, even young kids, to surf on their own terms.
Above: two brothers [age 9 and 12] ride crazy waves.
The W Kayak is a kayak for the next generation- not only does it look cool, it outperforms surfboards, SUP boards, and traditional ocean kayaks in every regard. The superior design allows you to stay secure and stable even while crashing waves head on, confronting lateral waves, and riding big waves to shore. This is perfect for kids and teens who want to play in the surf but don’t want to deal with the hassle of waiting for big enough waves and worrying about face-planting in the water. Even in the rare occasion of capsize, flotation prevents water from entering the boat, and its lightweight enough that even a kid could drag it back to shore.
My brother and I [now 16 and 13] have been surfing with the W Kayak for years and its brought us endless fun. If you want to show off your skills and have hours of fun in the sun, the W Kayak is definitely the way to go.
Sam and his two sons, age eight and ten years old, have had many great times going out and bonding on kayak fishing trips. They’ve spent a couple weekends camping and fishing in the months of September and October. In Sept, they went to Lake Del Valle, just south of Livermore, CA. In Oct, they took the kayak to Lake San Antonio, located northwest of Paso Robles. These two pics show Sam’s two sons taking the kayak out fishing at sunrise into one of the coves at Lake San Antonio:
Sam says “the boat is just roomy enough for me to fit myself and the two kids in the boat so we can all go fishing at once,” a great way for both this satisfied dad and his enthusiastic kids to fish at the same time.
Sam and his sons also went to Manresa State Beach just outside Watsonville, CA to go fishing, but the surf was quite large that day and Sam was worried I’d lose my tackle. So instead of fishing, they switched gears and decided to go for a joyride- not something you can do in an ordinary kayak! Sam and his 8 year old donned their life jackets and paddled out to sea, tackling waves up to four feet in height with no problem! Says Sam, “the waves were going over the top of our heads, but keeping the W500 pointed straight into them, I was able to safely paddle out through the waves.”
Just more proof that kayak fishing and kayak surfing aren’t just for adults anymore… kids can join in on the fun too without any danger and can have just as much fun as their parents.
On a windy day in San Diego, CA, Jane, her daughter Netanya, and her three grandchildren, Tommy, Alaris, and Ilana, took their newly christened W Fishing Kayak into the water to paddle and have a good time. All three grandchildren are under 10 years old, with Tommy being the youngest at just 7 years old. Despite their young age, the dauntless trio had no problem paddling both on their own and sharing the boat with their elders.
Says Jane: “It was very windy that day, though the bay was flat water. My nine year old granddaughter Alaris took to it immediately and paddled away (and back again) with no troubles. My seven year old grandson Tommy tried his hand, and you can see we kept him on a loose tether because of the wind.”
All in all, it was a very successful and very fun first trip in the W Kayak for everyone, even the inexperienced younger kayakers. Jane and her family loved the boat so much that she went to the trouble of customizing it with impressive decals and dubbing it the ‘River Cat,’ a cool name without a doubt.