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Submitted: 05-16-2005 by Waltman

It just caught the corner of my eye as I was passing AJ's ski and sport shop in Stowe, Vermont. A kayak of royal blue, hanging up on the used kayak rack outside on their deck, a sleek shaped kayak with a flanged bow. It was early and the store had yet to open. Still, I turned around for a closer look.

I had never heard of Aqua fusion. I saw nothing on here, but discovered that it was made in London, Ontario, by Nova Canoes.

"Canadians really know how to make a canoe and kayak," said a canoeist friend that knew these canoes.

He was right. The Aqua Fusion is just that: a fusion. It is a fusion between rivers, lakes, ponds, and light ocean paddling. My first outing with it was on a considerably bad day for paddling (if I had not been so eager to paddle it, I simply would have said to hell with paddling and gone to the bar instead) with much chop and the hard wall of a good headwind to fight. All this never bothered the fusion. The bow simply cut through the waves like a destroyer and never looked back. It surfed like a dream with the wind, finally, behind me. On flat water the kayak is so effortless to paddle I sometimes wondered if I was paddling at all and it seemed like it wanted to take off out of the water.

The Fusion has what they call a multi-chined hull. This is supposed to help make the kayak more stable in fusing its elements together. It is a different kind of hull design. I have had the Breeze in some moderate rapids and it sailed through them. The hull design does make it more stable. Even when I had the kayak stuck straight up on a rock with rapids pressing down on it, it hardly wavered. I got it off the rock and it just went on.

The Breeze is 11' long. It is more a recreational kayak for all kinds of general conditions than anything specific. This is good. But if you want a good ride for the modest price (these days) of about $550 or so, American (I won't say what I got it for:)), I highly recommend the Aqua Fusion Breeze. It weighs about forty pounds and is relatively easy to maneuver around. It can go just about anywhere. My friend was right about how the Canadians make a kayak.

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