For paddlers up to 180 pounds and those looking for the most amount of freestyle fun, we recommend the Play 35. For the most stable ride for all sizes of paddler and for those tackling bigger water and harder drops, we recommend the Play 45. The Play 45 is also our most popular option for rental agencies using the bellyak on moving water, as the larger size is more forgiving for a wide range of paddlers.
For those just getting into whitewater, there is no better way to learn the river and its features than on a Bellyak.
Paddling prone allows the river become a full body experience by magnifying the subtle nuances of current and eddy lines. Having a low center of gravity and no fear of entrapment allows you to focus on the experience of learning the language of whitewater. Most people are able to master the remount within the first few minutes of getting on a bellyak versus having to spend their first few days on the water mastering the wet exit. Bellyaks are designed with the best elements of whitewater kayaks, providing unmatched performance, unparalleled access, and world class manufacturing. Bellyak will be your gateway to whitewater bliss.
If you are already a whitewater enthusiast, the Bellyak will provide you an entirely new perspective on the places you play.
“I designed the bellyak by accident, really. I was looking for a way to spice up ‘intermediate’ runs to make them challenging again. I wanted to have the same challenge that I felt on Class V, but without the consequences. Hand paddling a playboat provided this feeling, then hand paddling prone was the next evolution, and then the Bellyak was born!” Adam Masters, Founder and Creator of Bellyak
The bellyak will do everything your kayak can do, and more. The high performance planing hull will allow you to catch every eddy and surf every wave. Want to push it even further? The Bellyak can be paddled on your knees, allowing you to stern pivot, splat rocks and generally push the boundaries of verticality. The best part? You can take first timers on a stretch of Class II and each of you can push your own boundaries. No other craft allows the creativity and freedom of the Bellyak.