When the Wild
One was designed and prototyped the aim was to produce a kayak that
could be used in all commonly paddled waters by paddlers of widely
differing size and abilities. The idea was to come up with a design
that could be paddled miles along a canal one day; the next spent
paddling whitewater grade 3 and the day after that covering long
stretches of coastline in exposed conditions. The easiest mistake
would have been to put too much emphasis on its whitewater performance
and end up with another unexceptional (and so-called) ‘all-rounder’
that was never designed or intended for serious use on flatwater
or the sea. Instead, special attention was paid to the rocker -
the curve along the keel from bow to stern and crucial to paddling
speed. A unique asymmetric rocker was developed during prototyping
and combined with a modified shallow arch hull. The blending of
these hull lines give the ‘Wild One’ a level of displacement paddling
performance unique in this type of kayak.
The result is a stylish kayak that is comfortable, fast, agile,
able and dependable in all water conditions.... a design without
Paddling speed and directional control not normally found
in a canoe of this design and size due to its exceptional hull design.
Cruises easily at 3 knots, with a fast touring speed of 4 knots.
The ideal kayak for learning essential paddle skills and for progressing
onto more adventurous water.
Whitewater Fantastic downriver paddling, rapid resurfacing,
precise breakouts, good wave surfing and easy looping with predictable
stopper handling; all you could want in an all-rounder. Sport spec
is suitable for use on up to grade 3 whitewater (grade 4 with optional
Sea Paddle comfortably through chop and short seas
with its vee-shaped bow and water shedding foredeck. The best 'sea-kayak'
all-rounder by far. Space for day and emergency kit, perfect for
rock hopping. Optional skeg extends the limiting wind envelope.
Surf The lifted bow, gentle centre rocker and hard
rails at the stern combine for early planing down the line speed,
fine control and fluid turns. Sport spec can be used in 4 - 6 ft
We understand how important it is for centres to provide
fun and achievement on day 1, 'Wild One' shortens the learning
curve. optional skeg.
Spec Most club boats spend the vast majority of their
time on flatwater but need to be suitable for grade 1 and 2 whitewater
for those winter trips. The 'Wild One' paddles cleanly and swiftly
on flatwater, yet it's performance oriented design allows all those
essential paddling strokes to be learned in a responsive hull. The
club spec is suitable for flatwater, sheltered coastal and grade
2-3 whitewater paddling.
Spec 99% of personal customers and most clubs
opt for this great vale version; comfortable and can be used in
up to g4 ww and surf.