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Testimonials

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I just spent a brilliant weekend on Jervis Bay and wanted to thank you for encouraging me to take up sea kayaking! It has added a totally new dimension to my life in retirement and I in turn have been able to encourage others to do the same. Comments from friends on the weekend included..."this is like being in a National Geographic adventure that I have only ever seen on TV, and never, ever expected to take part in", or " who would have thought three months ago I would have been doing this!"
Thanks again.
Ralph Wilkinson

OCKY - We have nothing but good things to say about Australis canoes. Our first experience was visiting the factory and being looked after and given a canoe with fishing package within an hour. Great on the spot customer service, we were impressed and couldn't wait to try out our new Ocky. The Ocky is excellent, very user friendly and with the best backrest we have ever experienced, and we have tried and owned many different canoes. Once we had tried our Ocky we decided to order 2 more. This was done over the phone and email. Again excellent customer service with follow up calls in order to execute the order and delivery. The overall experience has been awesome, our beautiful 3 Ocky's are fantastic and we will recommend the goods and Australis canoes to anybody! Thanks again for a job well done, and an excellent product. If we ever need more canoes we know who to contact.
Kind regards
Johanna Harris
Email - 27/6/13

SALAMANDER - "I recently had an opportunity to test the Salamander Sea Kayak on a two week expedition to the Kimberley. Conditions varied from flat, calm, bouncy seas, swirley currents, 12-20 kms currents and huge overfalls and rapids.
On entering the Salamander I immediately found it very comfortable. The thigh braces, that fitted me perfectly, allowed me to be part of the boat, in turn giving me excellent control and edging ability. When paddling in rough conditions the boat was very stable, responsive and manoeuvrable. It performed exceptionally well with a heavy load and maintained its speed, (keeping up with longer, lighter, more expensive sea kayaks on the trip).
An expedition boat must have three hatches, which the Salamander does. Taking into account the features, the performance and the price, for me this sea kayak is the best value expedition boat on the market, and certainly one that I would recommend.
It is a great boat for instructors and leaders who need a responsive, reliable boat. "
Terry Bolland
The above testimonial has been supplied by Terry Bolland of Canoeing Downunder.
Terry is an experienced kayaker who has been paddling for 31 years and has been an instructor for 26 of those years. Canoeing Downunder is located at Bayswater (Perth, WA) and is a stockist of Australis watercraft and associated accessories.

KOMODO - "We obtained a Komodo double sea-kayak so we could train in the craft we were intending on paddling and with the versatility of converting into a single it would allow either of us to train if the other person wasn't available. We also liked the ability of the craft to divide into two for transporting on roof racks and carrying when loaded.
Like everyone else though, we weren’t convinced about the strength of the boat in big seas. So we tried it and tried it and tried it some more. Every time we went out, we liked and trusted it more.
The boat was stable, durable, fast and solid. Reassuringly, the divides between pods didn’t move unless intentionally unscrewed at the end of the paddle. After we had added a couple of small sails, we were happy with our craft."
Greg Matheson
Greg Matheson (with Cameron Bolding) completed a crossing of Bass Strait in a double Komodo modular sea kayak in April 2010

GECKO - "The Gecko is one of the best estuary, small sea kayaks around.
It is at home in all different types of water, flatwater rivers, lakes, small rapids and the ocean. It's the perfect all-rounder.
I recently paddled the entire length (500kms) of the Blackwood River, through shallows, tight turns, thick trees, grade 2 rapids, flat pools and wide estuary waters, taking 8 days."
The following is an extract taken from Terry Bolland's "Blackwood River" trip.
"At this point there seemed to be only one thing in my favour apart from my determination and that was the boat.
So soon into my trip it was proving to be the best kayak for these conditions. It was manoeuvrable so I could easily skirt around the snags and trees, the sloping bow allowed me to run up the logs and jump them. The stability was an asset as I slid and bumped from one hidden snag to another but I was still able to feel confident and in control.
The rudder helped me steer the kayak in and out of places you would not normally go and when my head was down trying to squeeze under the bushes the rudder control was a real bonus.
The Gecko has a relatively large cockpit which allowed me, after each portage to sit my bum in the seat and bring my legs in later, emptying my booties of water at the same time. This method of boat entry was quick and stable.
The Gecko also had good knee bracing which allowed me to lean the boat right on its edge to achieve amazing turning ability.
I was just wrapped in the boat and it was these reasons why I chose it to do this trip. "
Terry Bolland
The above testimonial has been supplied by Terry Bolland of Canoeing Downunder.
Terry is an experienced kayaker who has been paddling for 31 years and has been an instructor for 26 of those years. Canoeing Downunder is located at Bayswater (Perth, WA) and is a stockist of Australis watercraft and associated accessories.

SALAMANDER - Following weeks of intensive research into the many different types of touring kayaks on the market, I decided that the ‘Salamander sea kayak’ from Australis Canoes & Kayaks would be capable of withstanding the toughest of situations while I was on the river for 3.5 months. I knew that I would be encountering shallow & fast flowing narrow rapids from the start of my trip at Biggara in the high country of Victoria & that I would also be facing long, wide, open stretches of deeper water towards the end of my trip heading into South Australia. There would also be strong cold winter headwinds & choppy river swells to deal with.
My Salamander was intended to get a real ‘work over’ of its full capabilities throughout the trip, in all weather conditions. This included heavy rains, sub zero temperatures, muddy & rocky riverbanks, fast flowing shallow pebble races, & also being dragged fully loaded up some very steep riverbanks & over all sorts of difficult terrain along the river.
The Salamander cockpit had plenty of room & was easy to get in & out of at all times, even on the steepest parts of the rocky or muddy river banks. The moulded seat & adjustable backrest were comfortable for long days of paddling in the kayak – up to 9hrs a day in all weather conditions. This included choppy river swells up to 1 metre & in strong headwinds up to 60km/hr.
The Salamander’s steering system which compromised of a foot pedal/rudder system was ideal for turning quickly in some of the tight & fast flowing river bends in the high country. The firm foot rests & thigh braces were of great assistance in stabilising the kayak through some of the tougher sections of the river & through the choppy large lakes. The rear rudder system on the kayak was easy to operate with the pull of a cord on the side of the kayak, making it very easy to engage/disengage the rudder when launching or exiting the kayak.
Overall I was extremely pleased with the way the Salamander Kayak handled the challenging solo journey. I honestly cannot fault any part of this tough & durable plastic kayak, especially as I gave this kayak a work over of its full capabilities.
The kayak was easy to manoeuvre around countless obstacles on the river & it was comfortable to sit in & paddle for long periods of time.
With a weight of around 30kgs (with sail system fitted) it was easy to transport & easy to remove from the roof of the vehicle singled-handedly while training prior to the journey & also while on the Murray River.
I would highly recommend this kayak for ‘any type’ of an extended trip through even the harshest & toughest conditions, which is exactly what I encountered on an daily basis over 3.5 months along the magnificent Murray River.
A massive thank you to the entire team at ‘Australis Canoes & Kayaks’ for supplying me with a reliable, extremely tough & high quality Australian made product to successfully complete the journey.
Thank you!
Mark Walsh - Kayak4Life - "One man, one kayak, 2,400 kms along Australia's longest river....raising funds for The Cancer Council"
The above testimonial has been provided by Mark Walsh who, in 2012, paddled the length of the Murray River to Goolwa at the mouth of Lake Alexandrina.

SARATOGA - "The Saratoga is an excellent entry level touring kayak for paddling on inland waterways. I chose the Saratoga for our hire fleet as the boat has lots of features found in longer sea kayaks at the affordability of the smaller boat.
Slightly wider than most kayaks of this length, the Saratoga is extremely stable in all conditions. I hire the boats knowing when paddled sensibly clients are unlikely to capsize. The large cockpit gives me confidence in that unlikely event of a capsize, my clients will be able to exit the boat with ease. With plenty of room in the rear hatch, clients can pack a picnic or carry extra clothes confident they will stay dry (although we still recommend that they use a dry bag to be sure). The up turned bow allows the boat to cut through waves in windy conditions.
The Saratoga comes with or without a rudder. Clients have said that they do find it easier to paddle in strong crosswinds when the rudder is fitted.
Clients come back after many hires with comments like...
"I thought kayaking would be much harder! Yes, you are right, the boat is so stable. I felt really confident that I was not going to capsize"
Rohan Reynolds
The above testimonial has been supplied by Rohan Reynolds of Real Fun.
Rohan, an experienced whitewater paddler with over 25 years experience, lives and works in Canberra. Rohan has been introducing people to the sport of canoeing and kayaking since 1990 both as a freelance guide and now through his adventure company Real Fun Pty Ltd and hire business Row 'n' Ride.

SWAGMAN - "Using an Australis Swagman canoe for one of our recent filming and photographic expeditions was the best thing we could have done.
We ventured deep into remote coastal wilderness and this canoe proved to be incredibly stable, strong and perfect for the occasion.
Gliding effortlessly and silently through the crystal clear waters, we were able to get very close to wildlife and we felt like explorers of a new frontier."
Cliff Guy
The above testimonial has been supplied by Cliff Guy, Photojournalist and Documentary maker

SWAGMAN - "The biggest boat in my hire fleet, the Swagman is ideal for young families to get together and experience paddling. Due to its size the Swagman is probably the most stable canoe on the market. I am comfortable that parents can take their children for a paddle with minimal risk of capsize.
I have even had a mum, dad, 2 kids and alsation hire the boat for a paddle on Lake Burley Griffin. I always advise clients not to tie dogs into the boat, just in case the dog decides to go for a swim mid paddle. if the dog does go overboard let it swim to shore before you try to get in otherwise you all might take an unscheduled swim yourself."
Rohan Reynolds
The above testimonial has been supplied by Rohan Reynolds of Real Fun and Rapid Descents Whitewater Rafting.
Rohan, an experienced whitewater paddler with over 25 years experience, lives and works in Canberra. Rohan has been introducing people to the sport of canoeing and kayaking since 1990 both as a freelance guide and now through his adventure company Real Fun Pty Ltd and hire business Row 'n' Ride.

Overall I was extremely pleased with the way the Salamander Kayak handled the challenging solo journey. I honestly cannot fault any part of this tough & durable plastic kayak.