Thursday, February 2, 2017

Big Guys, Heavy Guys, Elderly Guys, Disabled Guys... - Back Pain and Kayaking Don't Necessarily Go Together Anymore

Being a big guy almost always means that you're going to feel uncomfortable sitting in a kayak, whether you just paddle it or you also fish from it.
The same is true if you're overweight - Being seated in the notorious L position is definitely not going to make you happy.
And if you happen to be elderly, you're probably going to avoid paddling kayaks and fishing out of these uncomfortable and tippy little boats.
Being disabled is tough enough, without having to balance yourself on top of a kayak, or having to struggle with getting in and out of it, as well as experiencing back pain.
Well, it's all true for Sit-In Kayaks and Sit-On-Top (SOT) kayaks, but it is definitely not the case with Wavewalk kayaks and boats, which are tiotally back pain free, even if you fall into one of the above categories, and even if you fall within all of them, as this elderly, big heavy and disabled fisherman from Texas explains in his comprehensive Wavewalk 500 review -

"I am 61, 280lbs, retired, 100% disabled, veteran Navy Officer.
I have a very bad back resulting from damage done while I was on active duty. My back has 4 bad disks in the lower end, three bad disks in the neck, and pinched nerves going to my legs. Added to this I suffer from Fibromyalgia. My meds for the most part keep the pain at a semi-manageable level, but the hurt never goes completely away. If I can help some other Vet or civilian with frequent orthopedic pain be able to enjoy kayaking it’s good enough for me....   - Before I found the Wavewalk 500, kayaking was beyond my capability."

Good news that should give hope and relief to many people!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kayaking with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Pat Irwin from Homer Alaska has MS, and he writes:

"The Wavewalk position is working great for me. I can now enjoy all that Homer, Alaska has to offer by way of the water and I can get a good workout as well without my legs going numb. I have MS [Multiple Sclerosis] and exercise is crucial for me to stay ahead of this disease, and cycling is getting to the point that it’s hard for me to even get my heart rate up much less get a workout. The Wavewalk now allows me to work my strong upper body, get a good workout, and enjoy the beauty of Alaska’s coast line.
I may even catch a few fish!
Thank you for making this possible."

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Drive your motorized fishing kayak or boat in comfort

Driving a motorized fishing kayak or a small motorboat can be a pain, literally.
Outboard motors are great, but they're not exactly designed for maximum comfort, and their tillers are basically just simple devices that allow the driver to direct the propeller and set the RPM, which makes them easy to operate, but not comfortable to use.
In most small boats such as dinghies and Jon boats, the driver sits at the rear part of the boat, namely the stern, next to the motor, or right in front of it, and holds the tiller's grip handle. This can work without any problem for a short drive, but the fact that in most cases the driver has to turn sideways makes things a bit problematic for longer trips.
Driving with an articulated tiller extension allows the driver to sit facing forward, which is a considerable advantage, since the driver no longer to twist their body and stretch their left arm backward, but having to control speed and direction with one's forearm, wrist, and elbow can be hard over long distances.
The next step in comfort is driving with a steering wheel. This makes steering very easy, even over long periods of time, but the steering wheel is fixed in one position, and doesn't allow switching from driving seated to driving standing...
And this is where the joystick steering shines, as this video shows:

Note how easy and natural it is for the driver to stand up and sit down, and how stable he is evenin this choppy water, and when performing sharp turns standing up.
No back pain, no shoulder pain, no wrist pain - Just pure fun!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Some Updates About Kayak Fishing With No Back Pain

No Back Pain -Biomechanical and Ergonomic Solutions in Kayak Design

This comprehensive article pretty much summarizes all that you need to know about what you should expect as far as back pain is concerned, when you consider fishing from a kayak. It explains what causes discomfort in a kayak paddler's back, what leads to pain, and what are the dangers in paddling and fishing over a long period while suffering from back pain, namely the risk of back injury.

Another excellent article on this subject is named Common Kayak Injuries.
As its name indicates, it focuses on the more severe aspects of paddling kayaks and fishing from them, which are various injuries, including back injuries.

The article Lumbar Spine and Kayak Back Pain focuses on what happens to your lumbar spine when you sit in a kayak for a long time, and what drives the pain you'd start feeling after some time.

We recommend reading these articles attentively, since back problems are the number one source of disability in the US, and kayaking (including kayak fishing) has become synonym to back pain. 
This is to say that many people seem to develop back problems that may be avoided if these people were more aware of what causes back pain in the first place, and acted sensibly.

And finally, we'd like to recommend this basic, common sense rule: When in doubt, don't.
If you feel any discomfort, let alone pain in your back while kayaking, or after paddling your kayak and fishing out of it, it's a sign you shouldn't ignore or dismiss, because your body is sending you a message that means "Problem!"