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Kayak Usage :: Getting Down to Details

PLEASE NOTE WHILE THIS INTERACTIVE GUIDE IS USEFUL IN POINTING YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, NOTHING BEATS ACTUALLY VISITING ONE OF OUR KAYAK STORES WHERE OUR QUALIFIED STAFF WILL ASSESS YOUR NEEDS AND HELP YOU CHOOSE THAT IDEAL KAYAK FOR YOU.

Store locations as follows: South Sydney * Central Coast (NSW) * Sunshine Coast (QLD) * Gold Coast (QLD) * Newcastle (NSW) * Canberra (ACT) * Melbourne (VIC)

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OK, so now that you know that BRAND MATTERS, let's try to narrow the list of over 130 kayaks that we have in stock down to one or two that meet your needs precisely. To do this we will ask you a series of question, each answer you provide will bring you closer to that perfect kayak for YOU.

Hopefully if this process helps you in your search for that ideal kayak, you'll reward us by bringing your business to us. After all, we work hard to bring you the best brands at the best prices and if you do happen to find a better price on any stocked item we'll better it by 5%.

Click on the pictures or the links below to select the purpose that best fits the activity for which you plan to enjoy your new kayak.

Recreation

Recreation Kayaking Recreational Kayaks : Sit-in or sit-on kayaks for short distance paddling, fun, exercise, stability, comfort. Speed not essential, for the family or individual.

Characteristically these craft will be shorter and wider than their touring counterparts, for added stability.







Touring

Touring Kayaks Touring Kayaks : For longer distance paddling (several hours at a time), day trips or over-nighters on flat or semi-protected waters (creeks, lagoons, bays, esturies). Something sleek and fast that will get you from A to B in good time, with room to pack a picnic or even your tent plus gear.

Usually these craft are somewhere between 3.8 and 4.8m in length.

If you've been told that you need a sea kayak for closed water paddling (such as Brisbane Waters) then you've been misinformed.

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaks Sea Kayaks : A craft designed specifically for sea touring and expeditions, that can handle surf and swell, perhaps something to paddle along the coast with enough storage for day trips, over-nighters or multi-day trips.

This craft will usually be over 4.5m in length and have a distinctly up-turned bow for lift into oncoming swell and to prevent nose-dive when riding the wave.

Of course, a sea kayak can always be paddled on flat water too, whereas a recreational kayak is not usually suitable for use in the sea.



Kayak Fishing

Fishing Kayaks Fishing Kayaks : Something to give you that edge to get to where the fishing boats cannot reach, a kayak that you can kit out with rod holders, heaps of gear and somewhere to put your catch.

Fishing kayaks tend to be wide and stable with heaps of storage and gadgets galore.

We have at least 12 dedicated fishing kayaks in our portfolio and can also convert almost any kayak into a suitable craft for fishing.





Exercise & Fitness

Fitness Kayaks Exercise and Training : Kayaking in general is good for you and will develop stamina and help build and retain muscles, particularly around the abs and shoulders.

But if you are wanting something specifically to give you a good workout and travel some distance then you'd probably be looking for something long and sleek and not necessarily all that stable.







Open Style Kayaks / Canoes

canoe Open Style Kayaks & Canoes : Traditionally canoes were a favorite option when wanting to go fishing with all your gear, or overnight camping. Canoes offered heaps of storage and were very wide and therefore stable.

Today these requirements can be achieved with open style kayaks, which are generally even more more stable than canoes because of their lower centre of gravity, and track better than the older canoe style craft because of their more defined hull shapes.







Folding Kayaks and Inflatables

Folding Kayaks While the concept of having a kayak that is light and packs into a bag for easy transport sounds great, the reality is that the Australian coastline is simply not compatible with these sorts of craft.

A close encounter with an oyster will have you wishing you had bought plastic. For this reason we do not carry folding kayaks or inflatables.


Surf Kayaking

Surf Kayaks Kayak surfing : Something designed specifically to handle a bit of rough water and catch a wave or two, or alternatively hit the slopes and do a bit of white-water.

These kayaks tend to be flat-bottomed and short for high manoeuvrability. They are not particularly good for longer distance paddling on flat water, although there are a few hybrid kayaks in our fleet that can adapt to both.

Some recreational kayaks are quite good in the surf.



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