Some of you all may know Adam Masters – he hosted the first ever Asheville MUni gathering known as the Southeast MUni Fest in 2008. He’s also the rider in the picture on the header of this blog. Adam really was a role model for me when I started on one-wheel a few years ago. Due to a knee injury he’s cut back on unicycling. In the meantime, he’s been developing a really cool product called the Bellyak. The Bellyak’s kinship to kayaking is a decent analogy for what unicycling is to it’s two wheel cousin.
Read this profile about Adam in this month’s issue of WNC Magazine.
On the bank of the French Broad River near Asheville, there are at least a dozen Frankenstein model boats congregating in the back room of Bellyak’s design facility. These foam creatures in varying lengths, shapes, and colors are the forefathers of two polished Bellyak designs set for their official market debut at the Outdoor Expo in Salt Lake City in August.
Bellyak is just what it sounds like, a first cousin of the traditional kayak which you ride on your stomach. Wearing webbed gloves, riders use their arms to paddle and can pop up to kneel or stand. Adam Masters crafted the prototypes after a roaring trip down a flooded creek. He wanted to see if he could kayak the waterway laying on top of his boat, rather than locked into position with a spray skirt. The ride was a blast, and the idea was planted for a new type of watercraft.