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Order your Wavewalk® factory-direct from us

Wavewalk, Inc. is an American company who manufactures patented twin-hull (catamaran) kayaks and car-top boats that offer unrivaled stability, zero back pain, unmatched ease of paddling, and more storage than any other kayak does. To learn more about our kayaks and car-top boats visit our website wavewalk.com

What is Australyak?

Australyak is how we nicknamed the factory-direct service that we’ve been offering our Australian clients for years.  Our company’s main website features several reviews contributed by Australian clients, some of which are anglers, and others are paddlers and photographers.

How does ordering a Wavewalk® kayak or car-top boat factory-direct work?

It’s fairly simple:
You contact Wavewalk by email, like any other customer does. We offer full technical and marketing support 7 days a week, all year round.
Once you know what model and accessories you want to order, you can pay by international check in US dollars, or by direct transfer (ACH) from your bank account to Wavewalk’s account.
We ship within a few days from receipt of payment.
We ship each Wavewalk® kayak and car-top boat in a custom cardboard box.
Our regular shipping destinations in Australia are the 5 main ports: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.
Your total additional cost for shipping the kayak from the U.S. factory to the Australian port of your choice is $210 US for a W500, and $270 for a W700. This price includes insurance.
Typical transit time from the US to Australian ports is 5 weeks.

Additional expenses in Australia:

  • Duty – Our kayaks, paddles and other accessories are 100% Made in USA, and thanks to the Australia-USA Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) from 2004, duty is the lowest for this class of products (Canoes and kayaks).
  • GST – You’d be required to pay this local tax, as you do for every other product in Australia.
  • Customs clearing fees and port fees that may vary from time to time, and from one port to another.
  • Other expenses may apply, such as local storage or inland shipping to your address if you don’t pickup the kayak at the port.

DISCLAIMER:  The Australian business that called itself Blue Edge Sports had never been Wavewalk’s dealer or its distributor, and while it was active it was not affiliated with our company in any way. Blue Edge Sports did not purchase its stock of Wavewalk® kayaks from our company, and the Wavewalk kayaks it sold to Australian clients are not covered by our warranty. Blue Edge Sports used text and graphics in its website that mislead visitors to think that they are visiting the website of an Australian business that’s affiliated with Wavewalk, and this notion is entirely false. Learn more »

We are interested in recruiting individuals and businesses in Australia to serve as our local dealers and distributors.

 

Bird Watching From the W Fishing Kayak in Australia

Due to back problems, conventional kayaks and canoes have become unusable for Russell, so he ordered a W500 fishing kayak for himself to paddle solo and in tandem with his wife Wendy:

It got a first run up the Canning River. Wendy & I got in straight up and pushed off – I must say it very stable and everything I expected it to be.

Paddling double up required some focus, as I am used to a Canadian Canoe which is what we used in Zimbabwe.

As a fishing and bird watching platform the W500 is certainly is a great unit. The bird watching from the kayak has been great.

Most of my focus has been directed towards sorting out a pulley harness to store the kayak in our garage roof and make it easy to load when we go out.

Also thinking about installing a forward mount electric trolling motor that’s foot controlled and leaves your hands free for other things – used to be great for bass fishing in Zimbabwe.

Everything is fine – have not used the kayak as much as I would have liked.

I am still taking things very slowly still.

Wendy and I have had 2 great trips on the sea out to Penguin Island and Seal Island just south of Rockingham which we loved. On the last trip I had a session standing and paddling on my own which certainly highlighted why I went for the W500, plus how much less drag there is opposed to carrying 2 up.

On Saturday I took a friend up the Canning which he loved.

Plans in April / May to go up to Denmark, 450kms south of Perth to test it on the inlets there & hopefully will get some photos for you.

The only photos I have taken to date are of mostly of birds and some of the seals and for that the W500 has proved to be wonderful – it gets you right into the zone. Within a year or 2 we should also get back up to the Ningaloo reef off Exmouth again which is what I really wanted the Kayak for – To get us out to the whales just on the edge of the reef and the fishing.

I have made up a roof extension frame to help load up the W500 onto our Grand Vitara roof – thanks to the good advice from your site and current project is to make some trolley wheels so I can manage on my own.

At least the w500 gets me into spots that are good for the soul.

Russell

Shaun’s South Australian Kayak Fishing Trip

I did get out in the surf the weekend before last, and managed a bit of stand-up action in some 1m  swell – only fell out once!

I did manage to get out on Saturday morning – the weather was good for autumn – the sea was flat and comfortable! I also used the anchor for the first time and that worked great.

fishing kayak on the beach - South Australia

I was happy to get 3 nice calamari squid in a short time. The largest is 35 cm total mantle length.
I’m still not that game to go too far offshore – about 500m is my limit so far.

Calamari squid caught in fishing kayak - South Australia

This weekend I’ve planned to give it a try in a local river, the Onkaparinga, and maybe flick a few bream lures around.

It can get a bit chilly here in mid winter . The coldest month is July, with a mean 9am temperature of 10.4 Celcius.

The piece of water I was catching dinner from is the Gulf St. Vincent.

If I’m any good, I’ll eventually be able to send you pics of yak-caught King George Whiting, Yellowfin Whiting, leatherjackets, Snook, Garfish, Salmon and Salmon trout, Bream, Tommy Ruff, and (fingers crossed) Snapper -All fantastic sport fish and great on the plate.

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