Our Kayaks

Wavewalk W500 2014/15 Models

Specifications

DIMENSIONS

  • Total Length: 136″ (345 cm).
  • Total Width: 28.5″ (72 cm).
  • Weight: 59 lbs. (27 kg) without added accessories.
  • Hull Width: 8″ (20 cm) in the cockpit area.
  • Saddle Width at Bottom: 12.5″ (32 cm)
  • Internal Hull Length: 136″ (345 cm) available for storage.
  • Cockpit-Opening Length: 72″ (183 cm). Internal cockpit space is longer, in the hull tips.
  • Cockpit Height: 17″ (43 cm) from the bottom of the hulls.
  • Saddle Height: 14.5″ (37 cm) from the bottom of the hulls.
  • Storage: 14 cubic ft. (100 gallons ; 0.4 cubic meter) of internal, dry, always accessible storage space, inside the cockpit, hulls, and 4 hull tips.
  • Draft at 200 lbs. Load: 4″ (10 cm draft at 91 kg load).
  • Colours: Yellow, Green, Sand.
  • Material: Rotationally Moulded HDPE (100% Recyclable). Made in USA.
  • Maximum Recommended Load (MRL): 360 lbs. (163 kg).
Note: It’s possible to load the W500 with more than its MRL, but we don’t recommend doing so.

Structure:

Patented, deep twin hull, US utility patent number 6871608.
The W kayak is symmetrical both left-right and front-rear: Bow and stern are interchangeable.
The entire internal space of the hulls is empty and protected, and serves for storing camping and fishing gear. Passengers occupying the cockpit can conveniently access this 250 litre (66 gallons) dry storage space at all times.
This new type of watercraft is a catamaran in a hydrodynamic sense, since it features two full-featured hulls.
The passengers’ feet reach all the way down to the bottom of the hulls, which also serve to store gear on board, and therefore, the use of the term ‘pontoons’ (floats) to describe this kayak’s hulls is technically incorrect. Draft at 91kg Load = 100mm (200 lbs. Load: 4″)
Material: Rotationally Moulded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) 100%
Recyclable
Country of Origin: Our kayaks, paddles and accessories are 100% Made in USA but assembled in New Zealand
Internal Volume: 117 gallons (15.7 cubic feet / 444 litres).
This doesn’t mean all this space is available for storage, and it certainly doesn’t mean the kayak can carry the equivalent load – See Storage and Maximal
Recommended Load (MRL) -
Storage: Our W kayaks offer several times more storage space than any other kayak. The amount of storage available is equal to the kayak’s internal volume minus the space used by the passenger/s.
The storage space includes the kayak’s two hulls and its cockpit. The passengers can easily access their gear anytime, and the gear stays dry under normal conditions. The cockpit can be partially or entirely covered by a cockpit cover.
Maximal Recommended Load (MRL): 360 lbs. (163 kgs)
in total, including passengers and all the gear they carry, store inside the hulls or attach to the kayak.
Like any other vehicle, an overloaded kayak becomes slower, less stable, and less manoeuvrable.
Weight Limitations for Passengers:
Solo - The combined weight of passenger and gear should not exceed the 360 lbs. (163kgs) MRL.
A person who weighs more than 240 lbs. (109 kg) should outfit their W kayak with a saddle bracket.
Tandem - The combined weight of both passengers and their gear should not exceed the 360 lbs. MRL.
A person weighing over 200 lbs. (91 kg) who plans to go in tandem should outfit their kayak with a saddle bracket.
Always operate your W kayak within the above limitations – Even if your W kayak feels perfectly stable and comfortable,
failing to comply with our recommendations could damage it, and might even be hazardous. More information on loading >

Operating Your W Kayak

  • For your maiden voyage as a W kayaker, we recommend the Riding posture and not the Sitting posture.
  • Practice operating your W kayak on flat water before taking it in moving water.
  • Remember that your experience in paddling canoes or common kayaks is  irrelevant to the W kayak, which offers a much broader performance  envelope. Take your time learning how to operate your W kayak, so that  you can benefit in full from what it has to offer you.
  • You can enter the W kayak’s cockpit from its rear, and exit it from the front – Keep your feet dry!
  • Paddling and motorizing your W kayak from the middle of its cockpit makes it both stabler and faster. You can easily move along your W kayak’s saddle and relocate fore and aft in the 6 ft long cockpit, but remember that normally you operate a W kayak from the middle of  its cockpit, and not from its rear.
  • Surf launching and beaching: Operating your W kayak from the cockpit’s  rear end makes its bow rise. This is an advantage when you  launch your W kayak in the surf, or beach it anywhere.
  • You can make your W kayak go over obstacles sticking out of shallow water – See article and video >
  • Tracking in srong wind: You can operate your W kayak from a point that’s closer to cockpit’s rear, if adding weight to  the stern helps you track under strong wind. Similarly, you can also move forward, in case relocating your weight  towards the bow helps you track and steer under strong wind blowing  from a different direction. You’d never need a rudder to help you track or steer your W kayak. For more information, see full article and instruction video >
  • Tandem paddling is a more advanced application than solo paddling. Therefore, both passengers should first paddle  a W kayak solo and get used to operating it, before they start practicing as a tandem crew.
All W500 Series kayaks come equipped with 4 ergonomic carry handles and a Wavewalk paddle.

 

What Makes Wavewalk The World’s Most Advanced Kayak, And The Best For You?

Some Important Facts You Can Check:
  1. It’s the world’s most stable kayak by far, even stabler than kayaks equipped with outriggers.
  2. t’s the most comfortable kayak, offering you to switch anytime between various positions, so you can avoid fatigue, leg pain, a sore back and a wet butt.
  3. It’s the easiest kayak to paddle, since it tracks better in strong wind, and requires no rudder.
  4. It’s the only kayak offering true stand-up paddling and fishing in safety and confidence, with a 14.5″ high seat ready for if you lose balance, so you don’t have to swim
  5. It’s the most mobile kayak, enabling launching, paddling, fishing and beaching where other kayaks simply can’t go.
  6. It’s the roomiest kayak, offering several times more storage space than any other kayak, and room for a passenger
  7. It’s the most versatile kayak, for any weather and water condition you need, including cold water, shallow water and the ocean surf – even in tandem
  8. It’s the kayak that offers you both the best performance and best value, since you save a lot by not having to purchase a special car-rack, a rudder, a seat, and outriggers