In the seven years since I developed Freedom Kayaks re-entry system, I have met and read about some truly incredible individuals. Individuals who have overcome enormous challenges and are, in my eyes, inspiring. Since building my prototype in 2003, I have had over 40 individuals try Freedoms Kayaks, challenged, and not challenged. From their reactions, emotions, experiences and comments, I can truly say that Freedom Kayaks are more than just a kayak to them.
I have been blessed with new friendships and a feeling that I have invented something that that will truly change lives in a positive way. I would like to share some stories that will better explain the some of the social, mental and physical impacts that this simple kayak has had on some truly inspirational people. But, first I would like to explain a little about Freedom Kayaks' EM1design.
Freedom Kayaks' EMI adaptive kayak design came from a simple image, idea, and was created and developed to meet the needs and desires of the future users, including me. I have spent countless hours incorporating some of the smallest requests, and details into Freedom Kayaks' EM1 design. Some are small changes, but they make an enormous difference to our customers. And, they keep the true kayaking experience in focus.
Freedom Kayaks are not magical kayaks that will always stay up right. They do flip! I designed our adaptive kayaks so they would not hinder the true kayaking experience. And, tipping is part of this experience . . . it’s part of kayaking. The system focuses on two major points 1) the re-entry system and 2) the design (making an adaptive kayak look like a non-adaptive kayak!)
Although, Freedom Kayaks' system may not work for everyone, our system does work well for many, many people. Below are stories about remarkable individuals that have tried a Freedom Kayaks' EM1 adaptive kayak. Through their words, let me convey the social, mental and physical attributes that this ‘system’ has had on their lives.