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After the great response to our first article about the  SUP-YAK, we decided to check in on the Texas duo of Thomas Flemons and Jay Korbell to see how things were progressing and ask them a few questions.

YakAngler (YA) When did you first start work on the Sup-Yak? 

Thomas Flemons of Diablo Paddle sports (DP) Standing up to paddle a kayak has been something that we have always done to scout rapids and stretch our legs, problem always was, how long can we stay up.  When I saw the emergence of the Stand up paddleboard, and people starting to fish off them, I realized that there was a sweet spot in there for a multi purpose platform that you could comfortably sit or stand in to paddle or even pole.  Like a mini-skiff for all waters, Huck Finn style.


(YA) How long have you guys been working on the hybrid paddle board kayak idea? 

(DP) We launched the company and concept on March 1, 2009, but it was campfire talk long before that.

What are some of the benefits of the Sup-Yak vs. a Paddle Board or Kayak? 

(DP) Stability and Versatility, you are not committed to sitting or standing to navigate waterways.  If you hit a headwind or need to make tracks, sit down and paddle.  If you are getting into good fishing cover or just want a bit of different paddle to the next place, fine, it’s all there.  Dry storage, drink holders, a comfortable seat, or the higher vantage point of standing.

What makes this SUP Yak different from other Paddle boards on the market? 

(DP) Dry storage, seat, and ability to take a higher weight capacity are the primary differences.

Are the boats made like standard roto-molded kayaks? 

(DP) NO, right now all of our boats are thermoformed ABS.  A high quality, impact resistant acrylic

Diablo's Sup-Yak Version 3

You said the current Sup-Yak had changed from the one pictured on www.supyak.com what changes have you made? 

(DP) All the pictures on the website are our first generation boat; we are now on our third generation that we’ll be going to production with.  Trial and error.  Get it right before it gets out the door.

Do you see the paddle-board becoming a main stay in the Kayak Fishing industry? 

(DP) I definitely think it should.  It is one of the oldest and simplest designs to make yourself mobile on the water.  It is a great way to get out and fish and still have the challenge of staying up.

What efforts have you done to move this spectrum of the sport inland? 

(DP) We are starting from the inland prospective.  I am more of a river rat myself, and we originally designed this for the Texas Rivers.

What is Diablo’s vision? 

(DP) To provide a product for all types of consumers, allowing them to enjoy the aspects of kayaking and standup paddle boarding  with one versatile craft and getting people on the to enjoy and respect it.

When will Diablo Paddle Sports officially start selling their boats? 

(DP) February 2010

Can people order a Sup-Yak early? 

(DP) Sure, call or email me and we’ll get you taken care of.  More information will be available on our website shortly.

Finally do you plan on giving a Sup-Yak to Mark and Adam of YakAngler ? 

(DP) Get me enough sales and I’ll do anything!  Cheers buddy, tf

I would like to thank Thomas Flemons and Diablo Paddle Sports for taking time out of their hectic schedules to talk to us.  If you would like more information about Diablo Paddle Sports or their Sup-Yak check them out at www.diablopaddlesports.com

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.

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