Paddle sitting down in your paddle board kayak seat for a whole new experience
Well, paddleboarding is fun, but sometimes you may want to sit down and experience another kind of ride. This is why you can create your own paddle board kayak by just purchasing a kayak seat for your paddle board.
More and more brands are offering an optional kayak seat, like MOAI, Blackfin, Aqua Marina, iRocker and ZRAY. Bluefin even includes a kayak seat in the package with most of the all-around models they sell, which is a great extra to have for free.
So a paddleboard hybrid is always a good idea, and it’s incredibly easy to make it yourself!
How to install your own paddle boards seat? This is very easy!
How To Install A Paddle Board Kayak Seat
Your paddle board kayak seat must be comfortable for you, so you need to set it up right!
It’s effortless, and you don’t need a lot of time to do it. Everything can be done in about 5 minutes.
- Start by placing the seat on your paddleboard in the right position. You will see two sets of straps. Two are meant to be attached on the back, two on the front.
- Attach the back straps to the board.
- Arrange the seat again and attach the front straps.
- Adjust everything so you can comfortably sit in your newly installed seat!
Below is an example video from iRocker setting up their own kayak bundle so you have some visuals of setting up the paddle board kayak seat.
Everything can be done in under five minutes, and you will have the most comfortable paddleboard kayak!
Now, let’s take a look at the various kayak seats available!
Different types of Paddle Board Kayak Seats
It’s important to note that there are two types of seats. You can get an inflatable paddle board kayak seat or a foam paddle board kayak seat.
They are both excellent and straightforward to assemble. The biggest advantage of an inflatable paddle board seat is that if it gets wet you can just wipe it off, when the foam seat gets wet it will soak it up and stay wet for some time.
But then again, a foam seat will be a lot more comfortable and the chances you will fall into the water while kayaking are even slimmer than falling into the water while Stand Up Paddling.
Both versions will offer good back support as they are attached tightly to the board and it will carry the weight of your back. I can enjoy and paddle around on the water more relaxed, as it doesn’t take your whole body to move forward.
An example of a foam seat is the Bluefin kayak seat, this is an ultra adjustable, foam-made seat. As said this comes includes with all of their all-around paddle boards, like the popular Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Paddle Board and the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board.
These foam seats are found in most stores, inflatable seats aren’t used a lot as they are less comfortable in use even though they are also practical. These seats are seen mostly in kayaks, but they can also be used for Stand Up Paddle boards.
The only example I could find of a brand that sells inflatable kayak seats so far is ZRAY, which focuses on the cheapest possible paddle boards so this is most likely done for reducing costs and the cheapest way to create a kayak seat.
Now, why would you want a paddle board kayak seat?
Well, you know better than anyone, but it’s nice to state the facts.
For starters, it’s incredibly comfortable. You can try something new, and see how you like it. Life is a thrill, and it should be exciting! Or like me you can just be lazy, paddle and sit around with your cooler full of cold beverages.
You can bring along your dog, and go together to explore everything you can. And the best part, if your friends have kayaks, you will be part of the group!
Of course, you can pair it with other paddleboarding accessories.
If your chosen seat doesn’t have a storage bag, you can always get your own and keep everything safe. And dry!
Of course you will also need a kayak paddle to go with your kayak seat, so you can paddle on both sides of the board. This will make it possible to reach decent speeds while sitting down.
The Bluefin Cruise has a fiberglass 2-in-1 kayak paddle, the Bluefin Cruise Carbon has a carbon 2-in-1 SUP and kayak paddle included.
If you are looking for a separate purchase of a 2-in-1 SUP and kayak paddle because you already have a paddle board, check out my guide for best SUP paddles.
Top 3 Paddle Board Kayak Seats
Below I will list the best 3 paddle board kayak seats I have seen so far on the market. I have tried out quite a few already and I hope I can give you some good advice on picking your own paddle board kayak seat to get out on the water and paddle.
1. Bluefin Cruise Kayak Seat
The Bluefin Cruise kayak seat is soft, comfortable and not hard to attach to the paddle board. It is really supporting and quite easy to attach to the board. The great thing is that this kayak seat is supplied for free when purchasing a board like the Bluefin Cruise, Bluefin Cruise Carbon or a Bluefin Cruise Junior Board. The 15′ versions of the 2020 boards even contain two kayak seats!
But in case you somehow lost yours or you want to purchase a separate kayak seat for your Bluefin Sprint, this is also possible at Bluefin. This seat fits on the following models:
- Cruise 10’8″
- Cruise 12′
- Cruise 15′
- Voyage 10’10”
- Sprint 14′
2. Ocean Kayak Comfort Plus Seat Back
The Ocean Comfort Kayak Seat offers a lot of back support and it very easy to connect to any paddle board that has D-rings for kayak seat attachment. The high back makes sure it also support the back of tall people.
The soft padding and the adjustable straps make sure you can always sit comfortably in this paddle board kayak seat. The nylon construction is very tough, but also allows for some ventilation so you will not stay wet for long.
Brass swivel buckles for attachment make it easy to attach the seat and get started quickly. The Ocean Comfort Kayak Seat has a lot of positive reviews on Amazon. So far it received 361 reviews, with a score of 4.6/5 (as on 26th of June 2020). It is very popular and for a reason, for tall people I would recommend this paddle board kayak seat as the best option here.
3. Harmony Gear Standard Sit-on-Top Seat
The Harmony Gear paddle board kayak seat is the more budget option in this list, but it also offers less support as the other two because there is only one cord where the other two use a double cord. Still this kayak seat will work out just fine and if you are not too big it will offer enough support.
It will do the trick and offer you support at almost half the price of the other paddle board kayak seats, but it just doesn’t offer the same thick padding and comfort. Which is of course logical for the much lower price.
Conclusion Paddle Board Kayak Seat
Paddle boarding is fun, and you can easily customize it in any way you want. With a paddle board kayak seat you can definitely get the best out of both worlds!
Your back is supported, you can spend less energy paddling if you are too tired to stand up paddle and you are less likely to lose balance.
So why not get out there, sit down and paddle? It is a wonderful experience and you can focus fully on the environment around you, while also being close the the water. When you are paddling on clear oceans or seas you can even watch the fish swim by (I love Greece for this).
Surely you should try this out at least once, just to experience the difference. As you do not need to learn how to stand or how to keep balance, this is also a great way for beginners to get used to the water before stand up paddling.
Now what are you waiting for? Get out there, enjoy the water and relax on the water!
Have you ever tried a paddle board kayak seat? Did you enjoy the experience and will you do this again in the future? Which board did you use for your kayak adventure?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you in the comments to know about your paddle board kayaking adventures!