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Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. If you’ve thought about getting in to stand up paddleboarding (SUP) now is great time to buy a board so that you don’t miss any of those early warm days.
2013 has brought on a new era of fishing kayaks in terms of comfort, stability and innovation as kayak manufacturers continue to get more and more involved with the growing sport. If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you might’ve caught our post about how Native Watercraft has been taking advantage of social media to take customer input on new kayak designs through a process they call “Automatic for the People”.
Native Watercraft is debuting their Adventure Fishing World Championship this year and we couldn’t be more excited. Taking place in the Florida Everglades, this won’t be your typical kayak fishing tournament as it combines teamwork, navigation, fishing and paddling into one event.
Native Watercraft is a favorite brand in the kayaking industry. They constantly strive to create innovative designs that have resulted in things like their foot powered Propel Drive, easy to use Groove track system for accessory mounting and even the unique stand up paddleboard/kayak hybrid Versa Board Angler.
A few months back, I wrote a short piece that caused a bit of a stir. Apparently “storing your kayak for the winter” didn’t resound well with many, especially those residing in more temperate regions (tongue in cheek of course).
Chris Hackerd, VP of Store Operations and one of three ACK co-owners, is an avid mountain biker, birder, ‘yak angler and all around outdoors-man. Recently, Chris traveled east to North Carolina to celebrate his grand mother’s 80th birthday and took the opportunity to visit many of the manufacturers based out of the area including Confluence, Legacy, Werner, Eno, Astral & Feel Free/Pyrahna.
Even though 2013 isn’t quite here yet, many of our kayak vendors have already started delivering new kayaks, some never before seen models and others with updated features. Some of the most notable launches are the new Native Watercraft Slayer, Feel Free Moken 12.
Over the last several years, we’ve begun to see a new revolution in kayak design focused on customer convenience specifically the integration of a kayak wheel. At first I was skeptical but through multiple uses I have personally grown to appreciate their usefulness.
There is no doubt that Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) are the latest craze in the paddling world but it’s easy to see why — the boards look slick, are easy to lug around and offer both a unique workout and a new perspective on paddling. In fact, SUPs have gained so much popularity over the last few years that they have been turning the heads of some top kayak manufacturers.
Native Watercraft featured this short video of Steve Gibson (of Florida’s South Drawl Kayak Fishing) explaining why he prefers fishing in kayaks to fishing in motor boats. We liked what he said and wanted to know your reasons too!