Stealthy Kayak

Freestyle kayaking is a relatively young offshoot of the canoe sport, where athletes perform maneuvers similar to those of skaters, snowboarders or surfers. This freestyle kayak design by David Laudert aims to improve upon the ergonomics, appearance, and overall user connection to the kayak. The athlete “fuses” with the hull and is fully supported within the interior without the use of straps that normally hold an athlete in place, relieving the fear of getting stuck under the boat in the event that it turns over and simultaneously enhancing the adrenaline-pumping experience.

Designer: David Laudert

9 Comments

  • Andy Hinton says:

    what straps hold a kayaker in place??? a spray-deck stops water from entering the boat and has an easy to use quick release handle at the front…

    this contraption above has actual leg straps holding you in place! there’s more of a risk as there’s more chance of snagging on debris if you capsize… not a very good design! why re-design something that already functions perfectly already?!?!

  • Christopher says:

    looks like a surf-ski, except that your design now is a bucket to hold a lot of water, making it heavy, slow, and not what you you want.

    I like the concept of side-cuts in the hull – so they work?

  • jimmy c says:

    It’s a noble idea, but Andy Hilton is right, those leg straps are even more dangerous. What you should do is keep the leg room, but have the skirt go over that.

  • what straps hold a kayaker in place??? a spray-deck stops water from entering the boat and has an easy to use quick release handle at the front…

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