Don Rainey, Kayak Angler, Northern California

California kayak fisherman showing trouts he caught
kayak fisherman from California showing two trouts

Don owns a W300 fishing kayak:

-“I fished for 8 years in an [Brand, Model]. The “L” sitting position and it’s effect on my back is what finished standard kayaking for me… One day I beached the bow of that 16 footer and was still about 10-12 feet out in the water where I was sitting. I discovered I couldn’t move my legs. Getting out of that thing without causing all kinds of laughter from spectators was one of my greatest physical accomplishments.
I was sure I’d avoid those scenarios with the”W”, and I could hardly wait to find out all the wonderful differences.
First of all, let me say that I really loved it from first sight! That said, I was surprised at how different the whole experience is from when I fished from my [Brand, Model].
I guess I was over confident the first time I launched, and the Wavewalk seemed tippier than I had expected. When I leaned to either side or twist to reach aft or reach forward to grab a rod, the boat lurched much more than I had expected. But it was just a learning curve on a new technique, and I didn’t try to stand in it yet the first time..LOL.
After that I had it out a number of times and had a great day of trout fishing on Pinecrest Lake which brought lot’s of smiles to my face. I was sure I was going to completely master it soon.
I loved the boat…just frustrated ’cause some weekends were too cold to go. I have a favorite lake about 24 miles from my house, so I usually get a lot of time. I fished Thanksgiving Weekend on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday.
I get a lot of conversation from folks who are intrigued about the unusual configuration of the “W” and have referred lot’s of folks to Wavewalk’s web site.”

This review was first published on Wavewalk’s fishing kayaks blog >>

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