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Ocean Kayak® Malibu Pedal Now Shipping

New Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal earning accolades with dealers and tough critics alike

by: Jim Edlund, Traditions Media, LLC

Photo by Courtesy Ocean Kayak
Photo by Courtesy Ocean Kayak
(Nov 16, 2017 - Old Town, ME)

 Introduced this past July at Outdoor Retailer 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ocean Kayak is proud to announce that the revolutionary Malibu Pedal is now shipping.
Malibu Pedal, Ocean Kayak’s latest, is a revolutionary pedal-driven kayak that combines effortless transport, versatility, and the most advanced pedal drive technology on the planet.
Malibu Pedal raises the bar for effortless transport, ease of use, pedal performance, and hands-free fun. It’s zippy, stable and offers turn-on-a-dime performance. Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal is also the most versatile pedal-driven kayak on the water, a boat that will accommodate any watery pursuit imaginable—from lunch-break fitness and easy vacation fun to blue-water adventures. Plus, it’s lightweight, easily car-topped, and has a footprint ideal for easy off-the-water storage. A kid’s jump seat makes family outings a breeze, and it even has plenty of room to bring your dog along for a complete family adventure.
Industry-Proven PDL Drive System

Malibu Pedal’s PDL Drive system is the same rugged and fast foot-powered engine found on the award-winning Old Town Predator PDL. The PDL Drive’s no-fail performance has earned accolades from kayaks of all walks, from anglers to waterfowlers to adventure paddlers-turned-pedal devotees, like Ventura, California kayak/raft guide, Byron Roos-Collins, who recently pushed the new Malibu Pedal to extremes in the waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park in Southern California.
Here is an excerpt from his real-world performance review:
[“In a reclined position with a beverage in one hand, and rudder control in the other, it’s simple to match the pace of friends paddling alongside. It’s the PDL Drive system’s efficiency that makes the Malibu Pedal suitable for longer adventures. With moderate effort, it was easy to sustain a pace of four miles per hour for an extended time. If a situation necessitates speed, the Malibu Pedal can reach up to five and a half miles per hour […] Overall, the Malibu Pedal is a versatile kayak suitable for relaxing pedals on a lake or multi-day ocean adventures in challenging waters. The comfort, speed and agility of the Malibu Pedal are far beyond that of traditional sit on top kayaks. The design and functionality of the kayak shines from loading the kayak onto a car to landing it in surf. The Malibu Pedal’s speed is remarkable,” writes Roos-Collins.]

With an impressive 10.3:1 gear ratio for efficient pedaling, the PDL Drive System is capable of reaching 5.5 MPH. It mounts into the Malibu Pedal in seconds and tips into a docking position for skinny water situations. The PDL Drive System console also doubles as dry storage with a 6-inch access hatch. The pedals are padded for barefoot comfort and grip. The boat is beyond comfortable; the Malibu Pedal’s Element Beach Seat (EBS) is ergonomic and quick drying, and no less than three cup holders ensure the proper placement of your favorite hydration.
“The Malibu Pedal is the perfect choice for those looking for quick and easy family fun on the water,” said David Hadden, Brand Director for Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, Inc.
What has emerged in the form of the Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal is the culmination of countless hours in the lab, in a variety of water applications, and discussions with customers and outdoors enthusiasts around the globe.
“The Malibu Pedal shares several components found on the 2016 ICAST Best Boat winner, Old Town Predator PDL, including the tried and true PDL Drive unit and a redesigned element seat with quick-drying air cooled fabric, waterproof storage for small items and maximum pedaling or relaxing comfort,” added Hadden.
Proven PDL Drive System with splash resistant storage
Slide track adjustable seating
Element Beach Seat (EBS) with mesh storage pocket underneath
Click Seal hatch (under seat)
Pet-friendly bow tankwell with bungees
Three cup holders
Stern tankwell jump seat
Bow and stern carrying handles
8-inch accessory tracks
Price: $2199 MSRP
Length: 12’
Width: 34.5”
Weight: 100 lbs.; (approx. 80 lbs with seat and PDL Drive detached)
Maximum Capacity: 450 lbs.
Available in four colors: Sea Glass, Envy, Sunrise, and Ahi.
Learn more about the Malibu Pedal at 

 About Old Town:
JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that inspires more people to experience the awe of the great outdoors with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft Recreation, Fishing, Diving and Camping.
JOHNSON OUTDOORS WATERCRAFT RECREATION includes Ocean Kayak, Old Town canoes and kayaks, Necky kayaks, Carlisle paddles and Extrasport personal flotation devices. Old Town canoes and kayaks have created genuine watercraft with innovative designs for over 100 years.

Photo by Courtesy Ocean Kayak
Photo by Courtesy Ocean Kayak