Bob Taylor, founder and owner of Appomattox River Company, first met Andy Zimmerman "Zimmi" through John Shepperd and Forrest Callaway "Woody" in the summer of 1981. Andy, John and Forrest were from the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area. All four loved the New River in West Virginia since it was the best whitewater river to paddle during the summer, and they paddled together quite often.
Andy and John started building some whitewater kayaks for personal use in Zimmi's backyard. Soon they were making them for friends. Andy's sharp business mind and John's creative construction ability were a perfect match, and in 1986 they went into business calling their kayak company "Wilderness Systems."
Escaping the lights and noise for the brilliant colors and smooth landscapes of the wide-open; you've found perfection. It's only fitting that you choose a kayak designed to match. Since 1985, Wilderness Systems has been chasing that same perfection. Wilderness Systems kayaks are some of the most celebrated in the industry. Innovative designs tuned for performance, premium outfitting and stunning quality make these boats among the most acclaimed in the world. From new entrants to seasoned experts, Wilderness Systems kayaks are designed to get you where you want to be more often - on the water.