At Eddyline our purpose is “to build quality craft that inspire people to safely and equitably enjoy access to clean and healthy waterways”. We strongly support safe paddling, however we are opposed to WA HB 1018 for the reasons that we have laid out in this letter. We do not believe that this approach will effectively promote safe paddling, but we do feel it will unfairly limit access to our sport at a time when people need it the most.
As you browse our site we hope you have found many helpful measurements and feature explanations. In addition to learning about the kayaks themselves, it is also important to simultaneously investigate your own variables that factor into matching you with the best kayak.
You wouldn’t take a road bike down a forested mountain trail, it is important to factor in the type of water that you will be paddling so you can best match the conditions to the performance capabilities of your kayak.
To step into a lightweight kayak is to step into a 5,000-year-old tradition. An ancient creation designed by the creative minds of arctic Eskimos, the first kayaks were made from the skin and bones of sea mammals. These first kayaks took the Eskimos onto the sea, giving them a better way to feed their families and tribes. Today, following thousands of years of evolution and innovation, the lightweight kayak offers a different form and function to the modern paddler.