Faces of Folbot: Warm Days, Low Tides, New Friends

It’s nearly Christmas and perfect paddling weather in South Carolina. We had the opportunity to hit the water last week with a new friend, Russell. After years on the water with many kayaks (at least one Folbot, a Klepper, a few he built himself) he had given away all of his fleet. Now 80 and traveling in his modified camper, he felt the tug of the sea again and needed a kayak he could store inside his truck. He only had eyes for the long lines of the Cooper and we hit the water with a couple to put them through the paces.

As always on the water, we get to swapping stories and, as always, the customer’s stories are better than mine. I enjoyed hearing about some sticky situations kayaking in Florida’s Mud Lake and truck issues out in the Yukon.

We followed the tide back to the landing and disassembled our Folbots on the dock. As usual, we had a few curious onlookers. The first had known of Folbot his whole life having grown up in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The next two thought kayaking would be fun but didn’t know where they would keep them (at which point we had a nice conversation about the versatility of a Folbot) and the last simply said, “I don’t know what that is but it sure looks like fun.” Agreed.

Whether Russell makes that Cooper his Cooper, we had a great day on the water. If it’s not paddling weather where you are, come visit us at Folbot and we’ll share some stories.


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