Kira Salak is the first documented person to kayak solo 600 miles down West Africa’s Niger River. Her plan was audacious: to paddle 966 kilometers down the Niger River, a hazardous journey inspired by legendary Scottish explorer, Mungo Park, that no person had ever completed solo. She was highly determined and completely alone. Kira needed a boat as tough as she was. She did her research and found Innova to be the toughest, most dependable inflatable kayak…PERIOD.
David Nitsch, a serious kayak enthusiast from Los Angeles, took his fiancee and an Innova Helios 380 for five continuous months in Micronesia. Conditions ranged from glassy calm to feeling the breath of Typhoon Dale. “The boat handled well under almost all conditions. I was able to hold enough gear and supplies for two weeks by myself or one week with a partner. I would also like to comment on the ruggedness of the boat. During the five month expedition, I never had to patch the boat, coming home with only superficial scratches on the bottom.”
“We took our Innova kayak to all the Society Islands of French Polynesia and Kandavu and Vanua Levu in Fiji. We loaded up all our gear plus presents for the local chiefs, and headed way off the tourist map. We stayed in villages that western people hadn’t been to, and the locals were fascinated with the boat. After three months of hard use, still no patches, and this is after 5 months continuous use the year before! When we moved on to the trekking portion of our trip, we just washed the boat off and put it in a box and mailed it home.”