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June 21, 2004

Hi EJ:

You’re probably bombarded with email but what the heck? Figured
as Prez and co-designer of The Wonderboat you deserve a personal note of thanks.

I decided to take up WW kayaking on a whim at 42. I’d built
a great wooden sea kayak and realized that I’d built myself a little Ferrari
& lacked the skills to properly drive it. Anyhow, I ended up taking rolling
lessons with a gifted whitewater instructor. The first time I went to the pool
I saw this guy doing all these very cool (and crazy looking) tricks in his Big
EZ. I’m not incredibly athletically talented (read that as: every skill is hard
fought for), so it took a while, but he finally taught me to roll. Eventually
I became comfortable enough with my new skill that I started to ask questions
about whitewater kayaking. Questions turned into: how about we try it for a
day. After a morning of introducing us to your skills/concepts in calm water,
our instructor took my husband and I down our first stretch of class II water.
I nailed my first combat roll after catching myself on a strong eddyline which
cemented my confidence and comfort. Within a few weeks I was outfitted for a
new obsession! (My sea kayak now hangs, looking gorgeous, from the ceiling of
our garage).

OK, Dawn, get back to the story. So anyway, I ended up with
a Jive which I felt quite stable in on the river and which serves a dual purpose
for me: limited ocean surfing in small waves. At the end of the year last year
a friend encouraged me to try her I3 and I realized that I might actually have
fun in one of these types of boats and decided to start looking for the right
one. I figured I’d kick my skills up a notch in addition to having more fun
on the river with a more playful boat.

Boy am I GLAD that I waited. At that time I had heard that
you’d left Wavesport (good for you for sticking with a long time friend &
design partner over stability and the sponsorship money) & was hoping that
you’d do what you did: start your own company. I didn’t get any boating in over
the winter for various reasons. So, this spring, I started my research again.
My husband works near CCK and went in one day after I’d started expressing interest
in another boat and picked Demany’s brain on what boat might work well for me
(5’4, 120#). Demany recommended the 2Fun or the Fun along with a few others.
Brent reported that: "Demany says all the women who come in and pick up
one of these (fun series) boats want one."

When I heard it was going to be a 26 pound boat, I was on
the horn to the store to see when I could demo it. I think I was maybe the 3rd
or 4th person to try the 2Fun. It was great. I was initially a little panicked
b/c it felt so vastly different from what I usually paddle. I figured I was
in for a potentially LONG day with the little maneuverability machine. I calmed
down a little after practicing some of the stroke drills and rolling a while.
I found out that it has great secondary stability. The bottom line was that
I thought it was appropriately named: ‘Too Fun.’ I had a blast in it. I got
& stayed on a surf wave for the first time that I’d been trying to get on
for a year! It was dry as a bone after a full day paddling and felt great on
the shoulder on the long uphill haul to the car. Even better when I could bench
press it up onto the rack. (Can’t say I can do that with my other boat). My
only concern was that it felt a little snug and I figured that since my primary
purpose was going to be river running that I should wait for the Fun since my
weight with gear, while a little light for the recommended "optimum"
for Fun, its a lot closer than it would be for "optimum" river running
the 2Fun. Demany thought the Fun might be a better fit too.

Let me tell you it was a hard 2 weeks to wait!! BUT, I was
the first one out the door with the designated demo boat on Saturday. At opening
time on Sunday a.m. (on the way to the river to check out how it performed on
class III), I rang up CCK and told them they’d sold a boat. It rolls great and
I love the way it performs. I’m finally catching some waves and feel very stable
in squirrelly water. I’m going to have to work a little with the hip pads* (right
leg going numb even after several adjustments) and with the back band (sore,
despite getting it tightened down with the straps and ratcheted into position).
But, those discomforts are worth putting up with for the performance of the
boat. (BTW, if you have any suggestions to dial in the comfort, fire them at

*I don’t know if you’ve ever considered doing a smaller less
aggressive hip pad as an ‘option’, but that would be my only feedback. (purple,
teal or other ‘female’ type colors might have to slip in there as a suggestion

My bottom line is: Thank You!!! You’ve designed a great boat
that even non physically gifted folks like me can paddle well in. I can just
imagine what I could do with it if I were actually a natural athlete. My husband
would probably have to pry me out of it because I’d likely be sleeping in the
boat! The series name couldn’t be any better: Fun, fun, fun and way too much


Dawn D.