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High Kayak Demand & Covid-19 Disruptions

Written by Matt Charette on May 08, 2020

(Updated on 5/21/2020)
There is nothing better than getting out on the water with friends and family. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has swept the world, and affected the liberties we so took for granted. We are being forced to adventure in a socially distant manner, keeping our distance, being careful about what we touch or who we are with. None of us could possibly have foreseen the impact that this global pandemic has had. It has affected our day to day lives, it has affected how we approach recreation, and it has affected supply chains in a big way.

The sheer numbers of people across the country who have bought a Vibe kayak in the past 6 weeks and distanced themselves in the outdoors for healthy fresh air and sun has been incredible. However, that extremely high volume of kayak sales taking place alongside supply chain disruptions and closed warehouses across the globe has temporarily depleted our current kayak and accessory inventory.  We started seeing some inventory come in on May 20th, and still have LOTS more coming in every day. But felt it was our duty to not only thank you all for continuing to support Vibe, but also to inform you to the best of our knowledge on what was happening.

People around the globe are waking up every day to a new reality. Restricted access to their family and their friends, juggling working from home while simultaneously caring for their now homeschooled children. Watching the news and reading the headlines that grow more and more dire with each passing day. There is no denying that getting outside in a time like this is just what we need. Many states have recognized this and are encouraging folks to get outside and recreate in a safe and responsible manner.

Getting out to enjoy everything the natural world has to offer will always be the best “medicine”. Studies show that sunshine and fresh air are not only good for the body, but for the mind. From building up the immune response, to resetting us mentally, and even having a hugely positive affect on depression and anxiety. Mother Nature is more important than ever. Being cooped up inside just allows you time to stress, and worry. As soon as you hit the water that stress has a way of melting away. This can help loosen muscles, relax the body, and allow you to feel better physically and mentally.  So you could say that getting out on the water is just what the Doctor ordered.

Paddling is the perfect physical distancing activity. Not only does it get you outside in the fresh air and sunshine. It also gets you much needed mental and physical exercise. Getting out with a small group of close friends and maintaining distance is easy out of a kayak, and you can still share your adventures with each other. So don’t put adventure on hold, get out there and enjoy the world around you!

Always be mindful that this is a fluid and evolving situation and what was a guideline yesterday, may not be today. Keep yourself up to date on local restrictions and guidelines, don’t trespass on closed property, respect landowners’ rights to close down access. We are all in this together and if we all put in the effort we will get through this together. If we are not careful, we could ruin future access to the water, so please be respectful and follow all federal, state, and local guidelines, rules, and laws. 

We will see you all on the water as soon as we can! Be kind, be respectful, and most importantly be adventurous (safely). 

And if you'd like to be notified when the kayak or accessory you're interested in is back in stock then navigate to your future model, click on the "notify me when back in stock" button and we'll ping you when it's available!

Thank you so much,
The Vibe Kayaks Family. 

No Drama. Just Adventure.


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