We thought about buying kayak for our own use in Malaysia for a very long time. Having once worked in an outdoor education center where ocean expedition is a major activity, it is only natural that we had a longing to paddle again. While finances and budget has been the major factor holding us back from buying, the other ‘excuses’ includes not knowing where to paddle and where to buy them from.
We decided on them kayaks because it is something that we have always wanted to get. To add on to it, it is going to be our first wedding anniversary soon and we thought this would be a great gift for the both of us. So, out came the bank book and off kayak shopping we went.
We didn’t actually shop to be honest. We have always known Mr Najib of Renegade Quest Sdn Bhd from previous business dealings. He is a very humble and nice chap. He is the main distributors of a few well known kayaks in Malaysia. So, if you are ever considering buying kayaks, forget them retailers…go straight to Mr Najib. His number is 019-2363013 (or just google Perception Malaysia and you will find his website).
Najib showed us a few models of kayak. We already knew what we wanted but having a look around is never a bad idea. While there are newer models (but definitely more expensive), we decided to stick to our plan (and budget!) which is the Perception Swing Plus.
The Perception Swings are rather long, 3.9m to be exact. They are Sit On Tops and personally we think they are the way to go in Malaysia. They are easy to learn, with hatches to carry gear and very stable. It would be a nightmare to use a cockpit kayak in Malaysia with ‘spray skirts’ because of the hot and humid weather. I have previously tested the Swing tandems and they are awesome. Swings are obsolete models but we know for a fact they are good SOTs and within our budget.
With Najib and his cousin’s help, we got both our Perception Swings onto my Vitara. Thank God we fitted the Vitara with a second hand Vitara carrier. We tied them down with tie downs and set to bring the babies home.
The first thing we did when we got the Swings back home was to give it a ‘shower’. After a quick wash, we brought the kayaks into the house only to realize that they were way too long for us to conveniently store them anyway.
Well, there is no way we are gonna be able to fit our kayaks into our storeroom. So, our best next option is to have the kayaks leaning on the wall. With a wall plug through the wall, we are able to secure the kayaks from rolling over.
We have our kayaks and paddles. We now need PFDs and we are all set to go kayaking Malaysia!
Go to www.outdoor-gear-malaysia.com for more information on buying kayaks in Malaysia.