Choosing the right sea kayak can be a difficult choice, especially when looking for your first boat and with the number of designs on the market increasing, this choice is only going to get more difficult... and that's before you even consider colours! There are a few places you can turn to for help however.Your first stop should be friends and fellow paddlers. Many of them will have been in the same position you are in and will be happy to give you help and advice. If you are a member of a club, you will probably end up with more advice than you can handle! Coaches can also be very helpful, using their experience to talk you through the different options and work out which would suit you. At our Mid West Sea Kayak Symposium (which is aimed at beginners and intermediate paddlers), we offer a chance to combine our large demo fleet with the knowledge of the Symposium coaches, and this is a popular option with paddlers looking to buy their first boat.This leads us to the best method for finding the right kayak - try it! Kari-Tek have one of the largest sea kayak demo fleets in the country, including kayaks from SKUK, Rockpool, P&H and more. The kayaks are available to try on our local pond (also known as "Trabboch Ocean"!), or you can hire the boats and try them out on the sea. This gives you the opportunity to see how the boat handles in rougher conditions and also how it feels when packed up with all your expedition gear.
We are also available to provide help and advice, so give us a call or drop by the shop if we can help!