as an aircraft engineer in his native Germany, Peter Kaupat
worked in the European aerospace industry and later for the
Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. He has lived and breathed
paddling all his life and in 1970, aided by his engineering
background, creative ingenuity, and enthusiasm for the paddlesport,
founded Easy Rider. His enterprising personality greatly influences
Easy Riders status in the paddlecraft industry. An active
part of the company, he is a good listener and troubleshooter
and is accessible to explore the needs of Easy Riders
will often blend sails, outriggers, dive platforms and other
options to create what a given customer needs. Emphasis is
placed on versatility. It is the designers philosophy
that people should grow with their boats rather than grow
out of them. Therefore, many options like spinnaker or airfoil
sails, outriggers, trampolines, and rigid platforms can be
used with most Easy Rider boats.
Kaupat loves to surprise the paddling world with innovative
and new designs. Maneuverability, stability, and dry running
desirable features for paddling Northwestern waters
are design features apparent throughout our line of
boats. He pioneered Multi-Use Craft for rowing, paddling,
sailing; modular kayak designs with interchangeable components;
sectional Take-A-Part Kayaks for the world traveler and for
easy storage; Polynesian-styled outrigger kayaks for high-performance
sailing; Outrigger/Catamaran Systems for safety and versatility,
and innovative Re-Entry Systems. He even designed a unique
double-hulled Sit-On-Top Canoe/Kayak, the Cub Scout, approved
by the FAA to be carried underneath his Piper Super Cub floatplane.
Peter Kaupat and his wife, Barbara, personally test the Easy
Rider designs on travel adventures worldwide.
experience, enthusiasm, and vision are driving the evolution
of Easy Riders products.
wouldnt build it if I couldnt identify with the
boat! My designs are motivated by my interests and passions.
I strive to attain perfected simplicity.