When a hurricane came through SC a while back, the small creek directly in front of the cabin where Adam lived filled to its banks. It was a small, class II creek with low hanging rhododendron on the bank. With the added high water, it created a “tunnel” down the middle. Sitting in a kayak wouldn’t work, so Adam put the sprayskirt on his boat, duct taped the opening closed, laid down face first and bodyboating was born. A lifelong kayaker, Adam knew this was the answer he was seeking for increasing the thrill of his local rivers, without increasing his risk.
The experience was exhilarating! The first bellyak was made from a cut up kayak, 18 cans of expandable spray foam, 6 rolls of Duct tape and some plastic sheeting. It weighed 80 lbs, and quickly filled up with water, but immediately proved the concept was sound. Built off of a Perception 3D, the first bellyak had many of the key features needed for proper ‘prone kayaking.’