Two gals (Carla and Rhonda) from Hunting Beach called and said they’d seen the website, read a lot of the articles about Wavewalks, and, would I be willing to let them take a test run. I said yes, naturally. These gals were experienced kayakers too. They had been renting Sit-On-Tops (SOT) for a couple of years, and were thinking about going and buying two of those…but just for fun and a day out, decided to drive up to a local lake near here, and give my personal Wavewalk a test run.
I referred to this as testing the “HYPE!” in another blog…and Wavewalk users from all around the country (who read that blog) nailed me…and posted a bunch of comments about how…”IF” something is true, it can’t be considered hype.
I responded, yes it can! It’s NOT “HYPE” to those Wavewalk users any more because they’ve tested them and found out for themselves. But, the human mind can generate any opinion it chooses to, especially after a lifetime of reading high dollar “HYPE” advertisements. And until someone actually decides to TEST FOR THEMSELVES! They can think anything they want.
Well, after about three minutes of paddling, both gals stood-up and paddled around standing up. They both loved the comfort and stability of the plastic chair sitting over the hump too! They both said it was just as, if not MORE stable with the chair. I sure think it is! You have four legs (contact points) directly on the bottom, rather than (in my case) a fat behind with it’s weight a little higher up on top of the saddle–still stable as heck though). They also said that with sit-on-tops, no matter what you do, you’re wet after about 10 minutes…just from wave and paddle splash. Not in these.
They also tested stability, by holding onto the chain fence railing beside the dock so they could keep their balance and stand with one leg in the bottom of one channel and lift the other leg completely up–to see how far down the the side with all the weight would go down! And, they could NOT (even standing on one leg) get the side they were standing in to go down enough to take on water. (no picture of that because I had to stand against the boat on the side away from the fence with my only my kneecaps against the boat –no aid or support except sideways movement– to keep it from sliding out and away from the dock while they stood on one leg). They both said what I thought since my first ride in one…if you get that far out of balance (without anything like a fence to hold to) you’ll fall out of the boat — way before you ever takes on water over the side.
Well, guess what? After their tests, they each said they wanted one…before we even got mine out of the water!
Well Humm? Now I’M THINKING, maybe a need to go test a SOT and see for myself the difference? That way I can better explain (with sincerity) why this design is so much better. These girls sure thought so!
So, for the record, two experienced SOT kayakers tested one (mine) for themselves, loved it…wanted both of the ones I had in stock — on the spot! So, they followed me to Simi Valley, loaded them up on top of their “little” car and off they went. As I said, they live in Huntington Beach about 2 hours South of here.
Guess what else. They were very knowledgeable about how to haul and tie down two kayaks on top of a small car too. From their experience renting kayaks. I learned a lot from them.
And one more thing for the record. These two had the strongest…”can do” attitude I’ve experienced since playing profession football. They exuded PMA (positive mental attitude). My wife and I seriously enjoyed being around them. An old expression comes to mid. These two were a “hoot!”
So, you kayakers out there, if you see them standing up and paddling around in their Wavewalks in the South Bay area shout out a Hi from Mike!
Anyway—kayak inventory “0″ presently…but I have three more on order and coming soon.
And FYI, getting calls hot and heavy now. I believe one of the three is sold, and one other is in discussion.
So…it’s “HYPE” if you choose it to be…but until you actually test one for yourself…I believe your own mind is the thing that’s really “hyping” you!