When the economy is slogging along and generally not doing as well as it could, or should be, people naturally get a little tighter with their spending. That probably has hurt the sale of luxury items, and most folks would put sea kayaks into that category. Related products can't help but be affected by the economy.
It's going to take time and a big political change for our economy to get back on track, so I wouldn't expect any help from that direction for at least 3 more years. The stock market might give some hope for a rebound, but even that looks like it is built on a very shaky stack of digitally generated funny money.
What I see though, is a dichotomy taking place in spite of economics and maybe because of economics. There is growing interest in paddling at least in some areas and that might be that people as always are perennially interested in water based recreation. Sea kayaking is not cheap, but compared to motor and sail boats these days, it is much more affordable. And it turns out to fit right in with the more active type of recreation so contemporary to the times.
Electronic devices seem to be cutting into the printed media, and I guess that's just the way the world turns--for better, or worse.
Edited by magooch (11/15/13 08:16 PM)