Filed Under: Stand up and paddle, sit down and paddle; either way, you'll get to the fish with a grin.
Overview: Hybrid kayak/standup paddle board designed by folks who know the needs of the paddling angler. Stable and maneuverable, with a shallow draft, the Adios SUP-Yak is outfitted with dry storage, wet storage, straps, drink holders, and comfy seating. It's almost as if Diablo Paddlesports wants you to make fishing your full-time job
Appreciate: The contradiction in its capabilities: the Adios was specifically designed to access shallow water, even when loaded with gear. And when we say loaded with gear, we mean loaded: the Adios has a weight capacity of 400 pounds, which means you, your dog, a fully-loaded Yeti Cooler, and all your fishing equipment can angle about without a problem. And yes, you can paddle it standing up even when loaded (but maybe not into a strong headwind; it's not the Adios's fault if you have stringbean arms). The advantage to the Adios over conventional fishing kayaks is the vantage point you gain from the standing position, not only for navigating the shallows, but more important: for spotting the fish. Even if you paddle traditional kayak-style, the Adios is stable enough for you to comfortably stand every now and then to survey your surroundings, without fear of capsizing. And as we all know, capsizing not only spooks the fish, but it also makes them laugh at you
Know: Lots of nice standard features on the Adios. If you're heavy, drunk, or tired, you'll especially appreciate the standup leash, which you pull back on to help you rise from the seated to standing position. You'll also like that your suction-cup-mounted accessories (like GPS, rod holders, and fish finders) will attach easily to the Adios's smooth deck surfaces. Drink holders accommodate cans (with koozies), or 32oz water bottles, and 5 carry handles are smartly located to help you move the boat out of water (you'll need these: at 69 pounds, the Adios can't be tucked under you arm like a newspaper). In addition to these standard features, the Adios can be equipped with several options, some of which are pictured above
Special Comments: If you carry even more weight, or frequently navigate moving water, consider Diablo Paddlesports' Chupacabra model, rather than the Adios. It's two inches shorter, an inch wider, and 13 pounds lighter, all of which combine to provide more agility. This is a good option for heavy anglers who don't want to be left out of the shallow water fishing fun
Cost: $1,499, plus extra for the extras pictured
See it: Here.