As a freestyle kayak, the WaveSport ZG compromises nothing in the quest for air. By reducing hull rocker and adding side-cut rocker and rails the ZG achieves maximum speed, carvability, and bounce—allowing for inverted aerials on the smaller features that most paddlers typically surf. If you have a hankering to catch big air, the ZG is your boat.

WaveSport ZG 48 / 54 Specs
Length: 6’4” / 6’6”
Width: 24.6” / 25”
Volume: 48 / 54 U.S. gal
Weight: 31 / 32 lbs
Weight Range: 100-180 / 140-220 lbs
MSRP: $999 USD or $1,399 CAD

The WaveSport ZG plays to your tune

When you round up a group of testers everyone comes looking for something different, they all have different paddling styles and they always compare every test boat to their own. The ZG is the only boat that every tester hopped into and instantly ripped.

Sure, we got the usual variations of “It’s not as ______ as my boat,” but overall there was a general tip of the helmet to WaveSport for making a boat that does everything well for a large number of people.

A design so nice we reviewed it twice

The ZG first appeared in our 2004 freestyle boat test with much the same feedback we received a full year later. It is no wonder WaveSport let this design ride for two seasons.

The WaveSport ZG kayak surfing through whitewater
Feature Photo: Rapid Staff

The ZG has the traditional WaveSport lines and feel that intermediate paddlers enjoy all over the river—fast, predictable and smooth. It has decent ferry speed and doesn’t pearl, even though the bow rides suspiciously close to the surface.

Huge air and effortless fun

The WaveSport ZG jumps on a plane quickly and glides deep into eddies. The low-volume balanced ends make for effortless pivot turns and smooth flatwater fun. The ZG’s outfitting is simple and proven to work.

Pros and cons of the WaveSport ZG kayak

PRO: Jack-of-all-trades.

CON: Master of none.

This article was first published in the Summer 2005 issue of Rapid Magazine. Subscribe to Paddling Magazine’s print and digital editions, or browse the archives.



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