Freedom Kayaks

Adaptive Kayaks for People with a Challenge


Freedom Kayaks’ vision and the EM1 adaptive kayak design are the result of the hard work and dedication of our Founder, Eric Muller. While Mr. Muller is no longer with us, his legacy continues at Freedom Kayaks.

Freedom Kayaks Eric Muller

Eric Mueller’s Vision for Freedom Kayaks:

“My name is Eric Mueller, I have been a kayaker for the past 20 years or so. I live on Harsens Island, Michigan. To tell you a little about myself, I grew up in a German background family. Yep, you guessed it, no Saturday morning cartoons for us. My dad always had plans for us. I think that’s where first started appreciating the outdoors, and all its wonders. My adolescent years where pretty average -- school, sports and the great outdoors. I went on to graduate from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. I remember coming home from university on break and stopping in Grayling for lunch. Wandering around I stumbled into a kayak store. To my surprise, they let me try out a kayak with no lessons. No instruction, just a life preserver, and the salesman’s famous words, “Don’t flip and you’ll be fine, be back in 5”. I remember slipping into the kayak pushing away from shore. My first paddle strokes where awkward and jerky, to say the least. I was just trying to stay up right! Soon my nerves subsided and I began to paddle. I remember being in total awe, watching the rocky bottom float underneath me, the sea weed flowing with the current, the occasional darting trout. I was hooked! Three weeks later weeks later I was back to buy one. I recall some of my first paddles around the islands. Onlookers from shore, gazing at me like I was an Eskimo lost from the arctic. Kayaking was not as popular as it is today. There is something about kayaking. Something about being under your own steam, going as fast or slow as you want, knowing that I was in a environmental friendly sport, and gliding silently in the water catching mother nature at is own pace. I finally found a sport that suited me.”