Practical, safety orientated, semi-private sized courses with experienced instructors. Our unique methods and equipment speed up your learning curve. Click here: Kayak Lessons
News & Programs Updates
K.A. is the authorized TideRace Kayak Dealer for Washington, and we are pleased to introduce TideRace kayak's first roto-molded kayak - Vortex! A TideRace Kayak priced under $2000! Now everyone can own one of the latest and hottest performance sea kayaks. Come see and demo the new Vortex. The Vortex hull design is based on the extremely fun, maneuverable Xtra series, so the Vortex may just be the toughest and best ocean play/rock garden/surfing sea kayak ever. Vortex is sized in between the two sizes of Xtra, and as it turns out the Vortex fits well for about the widest range of bodies of any sea kayak we've tested. They are going fast, but we still have two left as of 11/19/13. More: Sea Kayaks
K.A. is western Washington's Premium Jackson River Kayak Dealer and we have demos available of all the newest Jackson river kayaks: redesigned 2014 Rock Star S,M,L, Karma, Zen, and 2013 Star series! More: River Kayaks
Jackson Angler Kayak demos too! More kayak info and
Valley's new roto-molded Gemini SP is here! If you've been looking for a shorter, lighter, more playful, plastic sea kayak with a skeg that has good thigh braces and is easy to roll, the wait is over. The RM Gemini SP is similar to the fiberglass Gemini SP introduced earlier this year, but it's RM poly construction makes it tough as heck and only $1949.00
Kayak Academy is proud to be the Regional Valley Demo Center and an authorized dealer for Valley kayaks. Valley is the original Brit style sea kayak manufacturer, and they've remade their line with four new models in seven sizes -- all with updated materials and ergonomics - these aren't your father's Valley kayaks. If you haven't tried a Valley kayak since 2010, you owe it to yourself to test the new ones. Try the new Gemini SP and ST and the Etains (available in three sizes to fit most sized paddlers and glass or plastic to fit most budgets). Call or email us for a demo. More Information
WS Tempest Pro is Out of China! Welcome back!
"Pro" is Wilderness System's term for the fiberglass composite versions of their kayaks (as opposed to roto-molded plastic models). In 2009 (remember the financial crises of 2008), cost cutting lead WS to move the production of their "Pro" (fiberglass) kayaks to China. (However, roto-molded models continued to be made in the USA.) In addition to quality control issues, the China built models were less strong. As a result, K.A. stopped selling Tempest Pros from 2009 - 2012. The good news is that starting with Jan. 2013, composite Tempests are no longer built in China and the lay-up has been beefed up to bring their strength back to what it used to be. The current Tempest Pros look beautiful inside and out. So disregard any negative things you read on the Web - it's out of date info, the new Tempest Pro is better than ever -- they are now among the best built kayaks on the market, and a steal at $2999.00 Welcome back Tempest Pro, we've missed you! K.A. is proud to re-introduce quality built fiberglass Tempest Pro kayaks to the NW. More: Sea Kayaks
New River Kayaking Beginner courses! We've redesigned our river kayaking courses and now offer a beginner lesson for novices - "River Kayaking Basics". Follow the "Kayak Lessons" tab then click "River Kayak Lesson List" to see all we offer.
Free! More Information
New Movie! 15min. 2012 SK 401 Exposed Coast Kayak Expedition - Sitka
Go to our SK 401 Exposed Coast Kayak Training Expedition course page and see more short videos of the wildlife, beaches and scenery while kayaking SE Alaska w/ Kayak Academy
Demo a Kayak Any Day
If you have kayak safety training and a kayak roof rack, you may arrange to pick up a demo kayak at our shop and for a free 2 hour test drive on L. Sammamish during business hours. Call us to make a reservation for a FREE demo. Others may arrange for private demos at the park for a fee. We also offer free monthly kayak demos every third Wed. of the month.
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Location: Hazen High School Pool
1101 Hoquiam Avenue Northeast, Renton, WA 98059
Time: 5-7pm (please arrive 15 minutes early)
Cost: $15 plus tax. No memberships required.
SALE, Kayaks, Drysuits, Paddles
Select models from: Valley, TideRace, Impex, WS, Dagger
Buy a spare paddle or upgrade your main paddle
Our biggest drysuit sale ever! 15-25% off!
KA is now a stocking dealer for Thule racks and kayak accessories. See us first for all your roof rack, cradle, truck bed, and Hullavator needs.
Note we also stock Yakima and Malone racks so you can have the best of the best.
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Winter Hours & Address :
Monday - Friday 9am-6pm Pacific DST
Saturday 10am-5pm Pacific DST
Closed at noon:
Thanks Giving Day, Nov. 28th
Christmas Day, Dec. 25th
New Year's Eve. and New Year's Day, Dec. 31st - Jan. 1
11801 188th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
Local: 206 527 1825
Toll Free via Skype: 206 452 3396
or from Skype.com: Staff Kayak Academy
Our shop is midway between Renton and Issaquah, from SE May Valley Rd., go S on 188th Ave SE and Right at second driveway on the Right.
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