The West Coast of British Columbia is wild, beautiful, and home to some of the best sea kayaking on the planet. Adventurous explorers had long been using sea kayaks as the craft of choice to travel these magnificent waters when Brian Henry started paddling the coastal waterways. But Brian was a visionary, and as time went by, he saw the need for better boats and equipment for true kayak enthusiasts. It was at this moment in the late 1970’s Current Designs was born. Brian started small, as most boat builders do, designing and building kayaks to enable his friends and him to better explore these waters. Brian quickly became very well known locally for his kayaking trips and paddling skills. As the market for sea kayaks grew, production levels, new designs, refinements and quality improvements became necessary.
As the popularity of kayaking boomed, Current Designs applied their expertise to develop a recreational kayak family, the Kestrels. The Kestrels set the standard for what is possible in a recreational kayaks by delivering paddling efficiency and comfort in innovative, light weight constructions. These super stable crafts are responsible for unlocking the thrill of kayaking to many thousands world wide. In another manufacturing first, Current Designs introduced the light weight Vision family of transitional kayaks in 2008. Together with their sea kayak sisters, the Visions and Kestrels broadened Current Designs into the fullest and finest line of kayaks ever produced.
Today, Current Designs and its parent company Wenonah Canoe continue to operate with the same values that trace back to their first boats; innovation, superior construction, performance, and extraordinary service.
Tradition and technology have had a long and comfortable marriage at Old Town. In 1898 we built our first wood-and-canvas canoe, a more durable, lower maintenance improvement on the Native American birch bark canoe that was its inspiration. We did the same thing with the kayak in 1940, rendering the traditional seal-skin design in more durable wood-and-canvas.The same spirit of innovation led us to introduce lightweight fiberglass versions of our kayaks and canoes in the 1950s and '60s. And it has continued into the 21st century, as we continually strive to advance the art of paddling through better designs and lighter, more durable materials, like today's three layer polyethylene and three layer superlinear. As the recreational kayak market started to evolve Old Town created new concepts (aka creature comforts) and designs that revolutionized the category. As much as we look ahead, though, we always keep one eye on the past, continuing to be inspired by the best of classic boat-building traditions
Old Town's new Fishing Series has changed the game for kayakers. Prepare yourself for a totally new fishing experience. Get closer to the water and the action with highly customized features engineered to meet the needs of avid anglers and weekend warriors, alike.
THE RIOT TEAM HAS OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN DESIGNING AND BUILDING KAYAKS. OUR EXPERTS HAVE A GUIDE PREPARED FOR YOU TO SIMPLIFY YOUR EXPERIENCE WHEN BUYING YOUR VERY FIRST KAYAK FROM US.
With Riot kayaks, you can experience the world from a different perspective, be it a quiet ride, a day on the water, a long trip, or conquering a bigger river and everything that lies in between.We also believe that the equipment you use matters because these precious moments should be enjoyed with a craft that doesn’t compromise on quality, gear, or safety. That is why, in virtually all the products we offer at any price point, you will find that our boats are better designed and better equipped.
• Adventure Contour Fit™ Outfitting System
• Cockpit integrated cushioned thighbraces
• Adjustable footbraces
• Flush deck, neoprene sealed front & rear hatches
• Fore & aft minicell sealed bulkheads
• Bow shockcord storage
• Interior gear net
• Water bottle
Sadly - Necky has stopped production.
We have no more Necky Kayaks in our inventory
Ocean Kayak is constantly innovating and improving designs, features and colors. Our kayaks legendary hull designs provide comfort, durability, quality and performance all with the features and colors that make our boats the best for recreation and fishing. We have been working to deliver this consistently since 1971.
Ocean Kayaks didn’t invent the original sit-on-top kayak but we’d like to think that over the years they have perfected it.