Wavewalk 500 Review by Arizona Kayak Angler Back Pain

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

This is fishing kayak review that appeared on the Wavewalk Fishing Kayaks blog:

I have been looking for a kayak or canoe that fits my needs for quite a while.
I love the sport, and find it a relaxing and useful mode of transportation. However, as I get “older” I found that the body does not necessarily wants to do everything my mind wants to do. I am 65 years old, 5’9” and 190 lbs having had back surgery a few years ago.
The hours on end I used to spend paddling along the coast, around lakes and down rivers looking for thinks to photograph, enjoying the views or drowning some worms became a painful experience after half an hour of sitting in a common fishing kayak in the infamous “L” position.
I could not find a comfortable position and after about one hour I could not get out of the kayak in a graceful manner (actually I had to roll out on the dirt) and was unable to straighten for several hours.
I had to either stop doing what I enjoy, or find a different way to do it.
After a lot of web surfing I found Wavewalk kayaks website and was intrigued by the new design and its claim of ergonomic delights. I was disappointed that there were no dealers or a place where I could actually try it (or even see one,) other than in pictures and You-Tube videos, but my back kept screaming to try it and get my mind off my back, literally, so I called Yoav and ordered a W500.
As soon as it arrived, I went to one of the lakes north of Tucson, AZ and gave it a try. The lake was very busy with many motor boats so the water was choppy with lots of wakes. The W handled well and although at times felt a bit unstable, after getting used to it, it became easier to handle and I enjoyed the outing.

The following weekend I made a trip to San Diego and took the W kayak with me to give it a more thorough workout. In the calm water of Mission Bay it felt a lot more stable and easier to handle. I paddled the kayak for several hours without discomfort to my back.
I went camping in a long and narrow lake in the northern mountains of Arizona. I loaded it with a lot of camping equipment, water, food, etc for a 4-day trip, which was too much, and the overloaded W kayak was riding too low on the water, and felt unstable. So the following day, with an unloaded and lighter W kayak, I was able to paddle 14 miles in it and for about 6 hours, including breaks, side trips, etc. without discomfort, something I have not been able to do in other kayaks.
I am using and enjoying the W kayak very much. It is fun to be able to spend long hours on a kayak again and do the things I enjoy such as photography, fishing and sightseeing in the water. Overall, I am happy with the W.

Jose paddling standing in his fishing kayak, Mission Bay, San Diego
View of Arizona river – Photo taken from Jose’s fishing kayak

Kayak Fishing and Old Age – The Comfort Factor in Fishing Kayaks

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

Here’s a new report about an elderly kayak angler from Florida who couldn’t keep fishing from any type of kayak, because he felt too uncomfortable. In other words, he felt pain – back pain, butt pain, leg pain etc.

This angler used to own a couple of fancy pedal driven fishing kayaks that boasted various ‘ergonomic solutions’, but those expensive kayaks only made him sore and miserable.
Finally he sold all his other kayaks, and got himself a W500, and since then he can go on long kayak fishing trips, and even participate in demanding kayak fishing tournaments.

The question is, how many more people are there in his situation? – Middle aged and senior kayakers and anglers, who just won’t take the physical abuse involved in paddling SOT kayaks and traditional kayaks, and fishing from them…

Kayak Angler’s Reflexions on Kayak Fishing, Old Age, and Sore Backs

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The following paragraph is taken from a new kayak fishing trip report written by Florida kayak angler Jeff McGovern:

A really remarkable thing that struck me about this whole day was the comfort we had fishing from these boats.  None of us are young men –I am the youngest at 55, both Ed and Gary are the 70 year old range.  Between us there have been back issues ranging from simple sciatic problems to major surgeries.  To a man, the W500 is a boat we could use easily and comfortable.  In any other fishing kayaks, our range would not have been as great and there would have been many more stops to get out for unkinking.  This trip was only the start.  There will be many more to come, fishing the waters off  Florida’s west coast in the world’s most comfortable and fishable paddle craft.”

The important point is that elderly kayak anglers may be more aware of health problems, including back pain, leg pain etc., as they’ve had more opportunities to experience such problems, but young kayak anglers and paddlers should be aware of those things as well, since sooner or later they will experience them to some extent.

That is to say that prevention is the best cure, and if you feel uncomfortable paddling a sit-in or SOT kayak or fishing from such a kayak, it’s basically because it’s not a well designed watercraft, and sooner or later it would make you feel worse: Those things don’t just go away by themselves, and more padding in your seat and below your knees may provide you with a momentary illusion of relief, but they can’t and won’t solve your problem.

Read Jeff’s entire kayak fishing report

Old Kayak Anglers and New Fishing Kayaks

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

Most people over a certain age suffer from back pain and leg pain when they go kayak fishing, or just paddling. The older we get, the more difficult it becomes for us to paddle kayaks and fish from them. The main issue is comfort, obviously, but stability is another key factor.

Problems like sciatica, poor circulation in the legs, and fatigue are more common among old people.

Old age restricts our ability to withstand the effect of kayaks’ poor ergonomic design. We feel the discomfort and pain more quickly and for a longer time, and it takes us a longer time to recover. Sometimes we simply have to quit paddling kayaks and kayak fishing altogether.

Here are some fishing kayak reviews from elderly kayak anglers, who tell how the new, patented W fishing kayak help them overcome their physical problems, and fish comfortably:

Fishing Kayak Review By 80 Year Old Kayak Angler From Kentucky (saltwater, offshore)

Fishing Kayak Review By 72 Year Old Kayak Angler From Washington (saltwater, offshore)

Review of Fishing Kayak From Senior Kayak Angler, West Virginia

Review of Fishing Kayak From 67 Year Old Kayak Angler, Florida

Review of Fishing Kayak By 66 Year Old Kayak Angler, Texas

Fishing Kayak Review By Senior Kayak Angler, California

Fishing Kayak Review By 68 Year Old Kayak Angler, Florida