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Dave Arruda

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Dave Arruda (aka “Kayak Dave”)

Paddling Region: New England

Current Kayaks: P&H Capella 163, Current Design Vision 120SP

Past Kayaks: P&H Capella 160RM, Perception Eclipse, WSBS Thunderbolt-X, KayakPro Jet, Liquid Logic CR80

Height/Weight/Shoe Size: 5’6″, 125lbs, size 9

Types of Paddling:

  • Sea Kayaking
  • Surf Kayaking
  • Whitewater Kayaking
  • Kayak Racing
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Instruction


  • ACA Certified Kayaking Instructor (Basic Coastal)
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certified


  • Lead Instructor and Co-Owner at Coastal Kayak Educators, Inc, Plymouth, MA (2003-2007)
  • Lead Instructor and Operations Manager at Billington Sea Kayak, Plymouth, MA (2007-Present)
  • Co-Sea Kayaking Chair at MIT Outing Club, Cambridge, MA (2010-Present)
  • Principal Author at (2011-Present)
  • Staff Writer at (2012-2013)

Other Outdoor Activities: Hiking, Camping, Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Traveling, Photography, Swinging in my hammock, and Playing acoustic guitar by the campfire!

4 Responses to Dave Arruda

  1. Laurie Maxwell

    Hi Dave, I’ve been kayaking for about 2 years in an advanced elements inflatable, but it is time for me to purchase a plastic kayak, I have doing a lot of research on the different companies, and I think I have narrowed it down to the Wilderness Aspire 100, I am 5′ 4″ and weigh about 165, is this a good choice for me, I have also looked at the Pungo 100… help?

    • Alex Russo

      Hi Laurie-

      Thank you for your question! The Wilderness Aspire 100 and Pungo 100 are both great recreational kayaks which are designed with similar dimensions and uses. Now the biggest difference between the two kayaks is that the Aspire 100 has a built-in drop skeg. The drop skeg is a unique feature for recreational-style kayaks which can give quite an advantage over other models. The skeg acts like a centerboard in the sailboat and can me easily deployed by a release near the cockpit. When deployed the drop skeg can provide better tracking, especially in windy or choppy conditions where other kayaks may fall behind. In addition, the Aspire 100 is slightly lighter weight at only 44lbs (3 lbs lighter than the Pungo) which may assist with car topping and portability. I would always personally advise that you take both of them for a demo paddle before purchasing if you can. Doing so will give you a good idea of how each kayak performs including if you feel comfortable in one versus the other. Search for a local Wilderness Systems dealer and see if they offer the opportunity to “try before you buy,” because this may be your best first step.

      I hope this helps!


  2. M

    Hi Dave,

    How do we contact you by email? I have a personal question. Thanks!

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