|Dan Arbuckle introduces a review of five entry-level kayaks|
Some longtime paddlers may look down their noses when they see.......entry-level boats from big box stores. It’s an easy call if you’ve been paddling for years and invested a large sum in a kayak that’s fit for almost any body of water. But there’s another point of view, as a new YouTube video explains. And it’s notable for several reasons.
First, it was created by Dan Arbuckle, who owns the Headwaters Kayak Shop in Lodi. Dan is well known in Northern California kayaking circles as an entrepreneur paddler who’s very active in the community. He’s also as sharply attuned to social media as anyone I know in the watersports biz. Which is where YouTube comes in.
One of Dan’s latest YouTube videos is “5 Kayaks Under $300:Are They Worth It?” On the day I found it, the video had more than 58,000 hits. The following day, up to more than 64,000. As of this writing, it’s closing in on 125,000 hits – after only a month online. That’s extraordinary for a kayak video that doesn’t involve a shark attack or a ride over Niagara Falls. Dan's 28-minute video obviously hit the right note with paddlers.
Anyone familiar with Headwaters knows that the shop inventory includes some high-end kayaks with price tags of $5,000 or more. (Less expensive but quality boats too.) So you