“Environmental concerns and the recession have boosted small craft sales” says Johan Loots of PaddleYak South Africa, as reported in the local K&P Herald recently. “Craft such as kayaks are affordable, cost nothing to use and provide easy and eco-friendly exercise outdoors. His trend-setting company PaddleYak Sea Kayak Productions CC is based in Knysna and supplies handmade fibreglass craft throughout the Garden Route, SA and the world. “South Africans are lucky to obtain such craft here; overseas they command top dollar” says Loots, author of two sea kayak guide books, one already translated into five languages. Commercial sea kayaking tours were unknown when he started, predicting a rush of tourists in the 90’s. He found a market for recreational kayaks too and now offers various models including the award-winning PaddleYak Swift Hybrid with which adventurer Riaan Manser circumnavigated Madagascar as well as Iceland. Defining moments for the company were introducing Sweden’s top manufacturer to their first surfski and sending a load of hybrid craft to Norway. Currently the company is preparing a shipment for the Congolese Parks Board. It recently introduced the LAUNCHETTE, a unique platform for launching kayaks, other small craft and even swimmers, from marinas. Loots considers them indispensable for waterside homes. He has also supplied SAB [Botswana] with their first SOLiDFORM parasols; robust umbrellas in fibreglass, intended for harsh environments, replacing flimsy fabric types at hotels, restaurants, golf courses and homes. His first kayak tours were run in Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Hout Bay and Simonstown and subsequently in Mozambique and Madagascar. There is a new overnight kayak tour in Plettenberg Bay and a quintessential tour, the Camino del Mar, has recently been established by him in Spain. Tours are suited to families, travellers and corporate groups. Says the avid Loots, a registered psychologist to boot: “Go kayaking and discover another world on your doorstep!”
PaddleYaK Price List [October 2017] PADDLEYAK PRICE LIST [OCT 2017]. NOTE: Prices EXCLUDE Vat.
Prices are given in SA Rand [ZAR].
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