Designer & Philosophy

Peter Kaupat,   Easy Rider’s Designer
Over 30 Years of Experience & Innovation

Designer with a Passion...
Trained 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 Rider’s 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 Rider’s customers.

Boats with a Choice...
Kaupat 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 designer’s 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, Vision, Commitment...
Personal experience, enthusiasm, and vision are driving the evolution of Easy Rider’s products.

Peter Kaupat, President/Designer
“I wouldn’t build it if I couldn’t identify with the boat! My designs are motivated by my interests and passions. I strive to attain perfected simplicity.”