When the average teen thinks of kayaking and kayak fishing we all picture the same thing- either crazy people risking life and limb paddling through rapids and waterfalls or more predominantly a bunch of boring middle aged people sitting around in their kayaks cruising slowly down rivers and streams…
However, a new kayak on the market seeks to change all that. The W Fishing Kayak, a super stable craft, brings a whole new dimension to kayaking that’s finally bringing a spark of fun to kayaking and kayak fishing. The reason this kayak is so much more fun than your parents’ traditional Sit-on-Top [SOT] kayaks and Sit-in kayaks [SIK] is because it allows the user to paddle standing up- an unheard of feature in these old school crafts.
“But what about Stand Up Paddle [SUP] boards?” you ask. Don’t they allow you to paddle standing up too? Although these trendy new-age surfboards do technically let you paddle standing up, they are a minefield of problems and hassle.
Stand up paddling on SUP boards can be fun… until you wipe out headfirst from even the smallest of waves and the slightest wind. After just a few minutes trying to use these contraptions, which are the epitome of instability, anyone except the most experienced surfer will find themselves bruised, exasperated, and soaked.
The W Kayak solves the problem of stable stand up kayaking handily- the dual hull design makes it possible for even the clumsiest person to do anything they want standing up: paddling, surfing, fishing; it’s all a no-brainer. This opens up endless possibilities for hours of fun on the water, and the ability to stand up and do tricks at whim is sure to excite any kid or teen who’s tired of the confinement of traditional kayaks.
This kid, just 12 years old, shows off his skills while at the same time demonstrating the incredible stability of the W Kayak. Stand up kayaking is no longer a fantasy… it’s a reality and a reservoir of potential fun just waiting to be explored by young kayakers.
Fellow teens fear not- from now on you need not cringe when your parents tell you it’s time to go kayaking! The W Fishing Kayak makes this once tedious ordeal into loads of fun.
Here’s a video of Lorenzo and his two cousins having fun paddling their W Fishing Kayak in a nice canal near their home in Gouda, in the Netherlands.
Lorenzo and and his cousin, both in their teens, take their toddler passenger for a chill ride, and the W Kayak shows no strain supporting their combined weight.
Once they unload their young accompanier, the two have some real fun, paddling full steam ahead in tandem and then taking turns solo.
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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 >
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.”
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.
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