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Fusion Duo | The Best Gift For Your Family

Getting the whole family on the water can be a real challenge! Multiple boats, wedging gear in awkward places, and uncomfortable paddling with screaming children crammed in the boat with you; these were all things I was dreading! That is until the Pyranha Fusion Duo came into our lives.

Read on, and find out why getting a Fusion Duo might be the best thing you can do for your family!


Being a family, naturally, you end up taking a lot of stuff, most of it completely unnecessary! This always worried me about getting the family out in kayaks. I was pleasantly surprised with how I could fit pretty much everything in the rear hatch of the Fusion Duo, and although it’s sensible to use dry bags for your kit, everything in there was kept pretty dry too!

The Fusion Duo’s cockpits are quite large, which for us was perfect. Our girls are still really young, so having space for our youngest to comfortably sit on one of our laps as we paddle was ideal.

Don’t Rock the Boat…

Stability is always a concern with excited kids, and the Fusion Duo has bags of it! This makes it a super smooth boat to paddle, even when loaded up with gear. My daughter likes to spend most of her time standing up in the cockpit, and this was no issue at all!

Engage Cruise Control!

Like most touring kayaks, the Fusion Duo sports a retractable skeg. Pyranha have put in a really easy to use slider control for this just in front of the rear cockpit, and we found this really useful if we needed to attend to the kids whilst maintaining some momentum, or if we just wanted to relax a bit and not worry about steering. The skeg also helps prevent the really annoying thing kids do where they trail their paddle in the water and steer you into the trees, although a splash of water also does the trick there…

Ride the Rapids!

The Fusion Duo is a crossover touring kayak, but what does that mean?! It means that as well as being a fantastic calm water cruiser, you can also enjoy the thrill of riding some rapids! The progressive rocker profile is great for driving through small features and waves with plenty of speed, and even considering its size, the boat carves into eddies nicely.

The Fusion Duo is built strong like Pyranha’s whitewater kayaks and has many of the same safety features such as secure, rated grab handles.

This is all ideal as most river trips I’ve taken the family out on have some light rapids, and it’s nice to know that not only can we navigate them safely, but we can have a blast on them and maybe even surf a wave!

In Conclusion…

We love our Fusion Duo, and it’s opened up the doors to some fantastic family adventures for us! Do your family a favour and get one too!

Not sure? Book a demo at your local Pyranha Stockist and find out for yourself!


Tom’s Top Tips for Tailees

Whether you call it a Tailee, a Stern Squirt, or a Tail Squirt (but never a Pirouette!), this is a classic playboating move and the very root of freestyle. Where it all began, you might say. Done well, a tailee can be sublime, but it is a deceptive move. It appears simple, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.

I was honoured enough to run a workshop on them last weekend at the Paddle in the Park festival in sunny Nottingham, UK. It was so well received that Mat at Pyranha asked me to jot a few short tips down to help you add some finesse to your moves.

So, make a cup of tea, dim the lights (or switch them off if you don’t have a dimmer), sit back, and enjoy!

Boat choice is very important; something with a low volume, slicey stern is what you’re looking for. This guy is just making life needlessly hard for himself.
Tailees definitely require you to be in the boat; just sticking a deck on your kayak and throwing it in while you stand on the side will attract scorn from the purists.
Try to keep both hands on your paddles; this chap has clearly been drinking too much Dandelion and Burdock and has got carried away with things. Not a good example to the youngsters.
Angle of approach is key; this is remarkably obtuse, leading to all sorts of adventures.
That’s more like it! Just do it like this guy here, he seems to have got the hang of it.

So there you go, some simple tips to help your tailees go with a bang. Finally, remember this: John Lennon once said, ‘Someone getting vertical in their boat is either really into kayaking, or knows someone who is really into kayaking…’

Photos by Tom Clare Photography


Breaking out of the routine

It is a very strange notion to think that despite whitewater being a predominately foreign environment to human beings, we are still able to get familiar, complacent and stuck in a routine while interacting with it. We are all guilty of it, how often do you find yourself going to your local river and repeating the same moves over and over again? How often do you look at lines that other people are doing and think “I wish I could do that?”

I fully understand it and i’m definitely guilty of it myself. It can be scary trying new things on the river, however I think it’s a large part of why I find kayaking so addicting. Figuring out new lines in my kayak provides me with a unique mix of creative problem solving and acquisition of new skills in a fast paced and beautiful environment.

Below are my secrets to staying creative and flexible on the water, no matter how many times you have been on a section of river.

Surround yourself with friends Different people have different outlooks, from different walks of life and can offer a refreshing take on things. Recently I was kayaking with my mate Benny and he was trying to “whip” his kayak over the backs of waves to imitate mountain bike racers.

Look for the opposite If you normally run a rapid on the left, have a look if you can go right. If you normally stay in the flow, see if you can find a rock to boof off. If you normally go forwards, can you go switch?

Embrace the tingles We all know that feeling of being nervous on the water and while it can be a bit much at times, I think it’s a really fun emotion. It also helps to condition you for stepping up and out of your comfort zone on harder rivers.

Try new kayaks If you normally rock a creek kayak, get in a freestyle kayak. If you want the best of both worlds, grab a ripper. Different kayak designs open up new realms on the river and the best kayaker’s are the ones that spend time in a quiver of different ones.

Enjoy the learning curve The problem solving aspect of figuring out new things on the river is addicting. A lot of the time it’s going to take a few attempts to hit a line, don’t let that put you off. Enjoy the moments of buffoonery because they all add up to make it feel that much better when you do hit the line.

Best of luck to everyone trying to keep things fresh on the river this summer and learn new things!
Catch you on the water,


Tuck Fest 2019

Over 55,000 outdoor enthusiasts come together to celebrate the outdoor lifestyle at the Tuck Fest. This multi-day festival is held at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC and features a packed schedule of whitewater kayaking, climbing, trail running, mountain biking, and adventure racing. On top of all of that, there is also live music, exhibitions and demos.

The Pyranha booth was buzzing all weekend long. Almost an entire fleet of Pyranha kayaks was available to demo – the 9Rs, 12Rs, Machnos, Burns, Lokis, and Rippers were all lined up and ready to go.

While the demos were constantly out on the water, there was also a steady stream of paddlers asking about the 9R II – what changed, how they compare, but mostly about when they can get one. For more information, you can check out Pyranha’s blog post on the new 9R II for all the details and tech specs.

The Ripper was in high demand – with all 3 sizes available to demo, it was easy to find the perfect fit. Paddlers loved the downriver speed paired with the playfulness of the stern. You will soon find yourself stern squirting on the eddy line, then surfing each and every wave. If you have not paddled the Ripper yet, it is definitely one for the list.

One of the favorite whitewater events of the festival is the Boatercross on Friday night. During the day, paddlers practice on the competition channel, tightening their lines and catching the gates. By 7 pm, spectators are lined up along both sides of the channel to watch this exciting event.

This year was one to watch – the place to be was at the last gate; it was by far the carnage corner, as well as the game changer. In the final moments, it was extremely tight until Evy Leibfarth edged past the others at the last gate and took it home.

Pyranha also sponsored whitewater clinics over the weekend. On Saturday, Chris Hipgrave ran a Whitewater Racing clinic, which was perfectly timed to run right before the Baker’s Dozen Race (13 laps on the Wilderness Channel). Paddlers were able to find the fastest lines on the run, talk about strategy, and finesse their techniques.

“Paddle with a Pro” in the new Fusion Duo was also available all weekend. Paddlers signed up for a 30-minute session with a Pro from Team Pyranha. After a warm-up run on the Wilderness Channel, maybe two, they headed out on the Competition Channel. Paddlers were impressed by the stability and the responsiveness of the Fusion Duo. They were catching eddies, running tight lines and surfing the waves – the options are endless; all of those features paired with the storage capacity set this kayak up for success on overnighters and expeditions.

Sunday featured back to back clinics – one of the clinics was the “Slice and Dice” clinic with Ben Drew and Holt McWhirt. If you had a Loki or a Ripper, this was the place to be!

Overall, the Tuck Fest was an amazing success. It was great to see so many people come together to share their love for the outdoors. Many walked away with new experiences they have not had before – zip lining, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, or climbing. Spectators were able to watch a new sport that they have not seen before – Boatercross, or the Deep Water Solo Competition. Paddlers were learning new techniques, taking on the Competition Channel for the first time, or simply finding that perfect comfort level in their kayak.

The best part for me was being able to watch those moments and to catch them with my camera. One of my favorite quotes from Richard Bach in his novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, sums up this weekend perfectly for me:

You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”

Richard Bach


Planning a Trip Somewhere a Bit Different

Rather than tell people exactly where to go and what to do, I thought I’d note down some fundamental ideas and things to consider to help budding explorers go out and plan their own adventure.

It’s probably important to mention that if you are going somewhere remote, you might not want to push your limits quite as much as usual. Be safe out there.

1.       Do Your Research

Hunt out guidebooks and search online for blogs, photos or videos. There is so much information out there and chances are your area has been explored and documented in some way. Google Earth can also be an amazing tool for scoping out the landscape you’ll be venturing into.

Maybe you know someone who has already been where you want to go? Buy them a beer/give them a lift to a river and pick their brains!

You’ll want to know where exactly you want to go, what to expect of the rivers, when the rivers will be in good condition and have a rough idea of logistics. In some places like Nepal, you may need permits/permission to access certain areas.

You’ll probably want to make some kind of estimate of how much this will all cost.

2.       Get a Good Group

A group really can make or break a trip. When you are going to spend an extended period of time in each other’s company, it’s pretty important that you are able to get along well and trust one another.

Ideally, everyone will bring something different to the team. That might be leadership on the river, cooking skills, even a sense of humour can be an asset.

The group should ideally all be around the same ability level too, so you can all take care of each other.

Probably the best team for a multi-day trip that I’ve been a part of had;

·         Someone that had already paddled the river to lead the trip

·         Experienced expedition paddlers

·         A paramedic

·         Super keen and fit people willing to push the group to paddle/portage faster

·         Access to lots of camping/cooking/safety equipment

·         A good rapport between each and every group member

3.       Guiding? Agents?

A few years ago, hiring a guide service would be something I would have never considered. Why pay more to do something I could do myself?

As I moved away from student life and got myself a ‘real’ job, I found myself with less free time and more money. I wanted to make the most of my free time, and a guide made this possible. You can spend less time faffing and more time doing the fun stuff! It’s certainly something to consider if your time is valuable to you.

Even if you are managing the trip yourself, you may need to work with a travel agent to book private travel or organise permits. Hopefully, your research will have shed some light on this.

4.       Got the Right Skills?

Does everyone in the group have paddling and safety skills suitable for the grades of water you will be undertaking?

It might be time to get out practising or take a course or two.

If you are going to be wild camping you might want to make sure you know how to build a fire.

5.       Got the Right Equipment?

You will need all your standard safety gear and first aid items, but you may also want to add some items to your collection, e.g. you will probably want a set of split paddles in the group.

Anything you don’t know how to use, make sure you take the time to learn. There are no user manuals or 4G signals in remote areas.

·         Do you need any special medication for the area you are going to?

·         Will you need climbing equipment for access issues?

·         Will you need cooking equipment?

·         Will you need camping equipment?

·         Will you need spare clothing?

·         How will you keep everything dry in your boat? (Watershed dry bags are worth their weight in gold!)

·         Will you need a satellite phone or GPS beacon for emergencies?

For longer trips where you need to carry a lot of stuff in your boat, you might end up overloading your kayak. I switched from a 9R to a 9R L for a multi-day in Nepal, and it was a brilliant decision, the extra weight from my multiday equipment made the bigger 9R paddle a lot like a regular 9R for me. Another trip I picked a Machno, for its extra volume and carrying capacity.

There’s a whole world out there to enjoy. Do something a bit different and make some memories!


9R vs 9R II

The week before the big reveal, the guys at Pyranha asked me to take out the new 9R II, along with the original 9R, and compare my thoughts on the performance of the two. Here’s what happened…

The UK rivers were pretty much as dry as a rice cake, but luckily there was a planned Bank Holiday release on the Tryweryn, North Wales. Now the Tryweryn isn’t the biggest, gnarliest whitewater around, but it is full of fun moves, a few small drops, some great surf waves, and there’s a lot of technical challenges on offer, as well as the levels being reliable and consistent. All in all, a great place to test out a new boat when other rivers aren’t running.

The last time I’d paddled a 9R was in Chile over the winter season, so I started the day by getting a feel for the original again. From the moment we slid down the start ramp together, it felt like I’d been reunited with an old friend!

Gliding over boils, flying over ledges, and skipping into eddies, this boat really is incredible. It’s fast and fun, whilst still being stable and controllable. I wrote an article a couple of months ago, talking about how much I loved this boat, and today reminded me that I still feel very much the same way.

So, when it was time to try out the 9R II, I was sceptical about how I would like any edition more than the original. What is there to change? Why fix something that’s not broken etc…

Ok, I have to admit that when the shiny new, ‘Orange Soda’ coloured 9R II was pulled out of the Pyranha van, it did look pretty damn beautiful!

After getting all the outfitting set into short-ass mode, myself and Andy Butler headed back to the river and put her to the test. Tiny eddies, tricky, thread-the-needle moves, challenging attainments and catching surf waves, you name it, and Butler made me do it!

📷: Iain McConnell

Within only minutes, I was in love once again. The 9R II has all the great characteristics of the original 9R but amplified. Faster, more responsive, more manoeuvrable, and even more fun! The speed did catch me off-guard a couple of times, causing some looks of terror on the faces of other paddlers sat in the eddies as I charged towards them a little out of control looking! Once I had figured this out though, it felt awesome whizzing in and out of the flow, chasing Butler to the next micro eddy!

📷: Iain McConnell

Responsiveness and manoeuvrability-wise it was awesome. If you’re an active paddler, then it’s very easy to drive it to where you want to go, as well as make quick and sudden changes of direction. Not to mention also nice for carving around on surf waves.

One of the main aspects I appreciated, was the ease to get the boat on edge. As a small paddler, I have struggled with this in some wider or generally bigger boats, but with the 9R II, I found it took little effort to put it on edge, meaning that it was easy getting the nose up over features; super good for those leany boofs! Unlike any other creek boat I’ve paddled, I was able to move the boat with ease from completely flat in a pool to a splat position on an adjacent rock. This is not to say that the 9R II is a smaller boat and will be unsuitable for bigger paddlers, it’s actually wider in some parts compared to the original, it’s simply that the distributions are different. Meaning the paddler can move it around more effectively, with more efficiency and is, therefore, more in control.

So all-in-all I was proven wrong! Pyranha have essentially made an awesome boat even more awesome! It’s fast, fun and exciting, whilst still maintaining reliability when things are getting a bit hairy! I’m already psyched to get this boat out on lots of rivers this Summer!

Pyranha’s well-known tag line ‘By Enthusiasts, For Enthusiasts’ couldn’t be any truer than it is right now. The passion for creating the best boats as possible shines through in their latest design. Vigilant testing and multiple modifications have made this design well worth the wait. This boat is next level.

Thank you guys! You crushed it with this one!



Balkan Rivers Tour 4 – Wildwater in Wild Romania

Story | Balkan River Defence

Photos| Katja Pokorn and Mitja Legat

Balkan Rivers Tour 4 has just started, on the stunning rivers and deep in the wild forests of Romania! The Balkan River Defence (BRD) crew have taken on a new formula for this year’s action, with 3, one-week mini tours in new locations! Instead of changing the location every day they will set a basecamp for each week and use it as a place to network, develop a river defence plan and kayak, fish, or hike. Balkan Rivers Tour’s purpose has always been to expose amazing places and to directly help passionate locals fighting for their rivers, and BRT4 Week 1 in Romania was a perfect example of this in action!

Day 1 | Twenty kayakers from 11 countries put on the Basca Mica River in Romania, and enjoyed its boulder gardens for 23km to BRT basecamp where the campfire and rakiu (local liquor) kept them warm and merry!

Day 2 | Day 2 started with a meeting with the mayor of the town of Nehoiu who is supportive of sustainable development and eco-tourism in the valley instead of dams. After the meeting, it felt good to get wet and experience the local rafting run, the Buzau River.

Day 3 | Today provided a painful insight of the river; the Basca Mare is an amazing river in the midst of thick forests with loads of gradient and rapids – a paradise for kayaking and fly-fishing. But at its headwaters in the middle of Natura 2000 protected area, Romanian government-run company Hidroelectrica is trying (currently lacking funds) to build a dam that would divert the whole river into a 20 km long pipe that would supply poorly designed Siriului reservoir with more water and leave Basca Mare completely dry. Want to help prevent this genocide over nature? Help fund the lawyer bringing the case to court via

Day 4 | Day 4 was action packed! First thing in the morning the crew had a meeting with mayor of Gura Teghii about the dam plans and incredible eco-tourism potential of the valley, then they headed up to Basca Mare with kayaks again (to pull off a possible first descent of the upper gorge). In the evening, the kayakers got hooked on fly fishing with the help of local fly fishing expert George Minculete.

Day 5 | Off to the local primary school in Gura Teghii to hang around with 110 local kids. Workshops, presentations, an invitation to tomorrow’s clean up, and just sharing ideas with a young generation that understands the whole thing so well was motivating and inspiring! They said, “There will be no dam on Basca Mare!” Now we are getting ready for the grand finale – a big cleanup action Live Green Every Day-eveniment de implicare civica si ecologica and rafting in the AM, and then The Undamaged screening and PARTY in the evening.

Day 6 | The final day of BRT4 – Week 1: Romania started with a frosty Saturday morning. The kayakers warmed up with some Țuică and ventured off to Nehoiu for a big river clean up with Let’s Do It, Romania!. Then, back to the Basca Mare again, which charged them up for the evening screening of The Undamaged and a crazy Balkan party. Romania, its wild rivers, and warm people, rock! Let’s all make sure they will keep on rocking on.

1000 thanks to local river defender and our friend Catalin Campeanu, outfitter Green Adventure, host campsite NewOld Village, and everybody that made this week so extremely good!

Day 7 | The BRT4 crew had trouble leaving Romania… so on their way back home, they took part in a special event on a very special river. Jiu River is a story of success. It’s a symbol of free-flowing rivers in Romania and its mountainous flow was the reason for the declaration of a National Park around it. This didn’t stop Hidroelectrica from trying to build a dam on it 2 years ago. What stopped them was the passionate determination of local activists! Seeing a nearly completed dam with a wild river running through it was simply amazing. But kayaking with a crew of cool people to show respect to Arthur – local kayaker and river defender who passed away rafting exactly a year ago on Jiu River – was the best way to end our mission in Romania. This one goes to Arthur, his family and the whole whitewater tribe!

Follow along and make a plan to join Soca River week of BRT4 July 7-13th for film screenings, kayaking, parties, and protests!

More info, here:


“What’s New About the 9R II Anyway?”

If the original 9R was our chart-topping debut album, then the development of 9R II certainly fulfilled the role of the notorious ‘difficult second album’. We’ve torn out hair, furrowed our eyebrows hard enough to create sparks, and been moments from curling up on the floor in a sobbing ball at several points during the past two years, but here we are, the 9R II is ready to rock your neoprene socks off!

Five years of paddling the original 9R, analysing its performance in competition, and taking on board feedback from Team Pyranha and the wider paddling community brought us to a design brief that called for increased acceleration, higher speed, and more control at top speed. We have never been ones to set the bar low, but coming from the high standards set by the original 9R, there were moments we thought we really might be crazy!

Discussions around how we could increase the hull speed the 9R carried through hydraulic features quickly led us to the realisation that what we might see as imperfections, were quirks that some paddlers had fallen hard for (something like the freckles on the face of that cute barista at your favourite coffee shop). That was when we decided to continue production of the original 9R alongside 9R II, so we could give the design of 9R II room to progress without breaking any hearts.

One of the key areas we identified for development was reducing the rise of the bow through features such as drops and larger stoppers without harming the paddler’s ability to lift the bow when boofing, either when flat or on edge; in this vein, we trialled a few ideas which could conservatively be described as ‘unique’, such as mirroring our innovative bow wave deflectors on the stern of the kayak and a wedge-like kicker on the stern. These concepts were all either toned down, or rejected completely, but ultimately led us to the final design of the 9R II.

So what features made it to the final 9R II design?

  • The overall width of the hull’s planing surface has been maintained, but with the centre portion narrowed down just a touch for faster straight-line speed and edge to edge transitions.
  • A tweaked rocker profile with a subtle stern kicker ensures maximum effective waterline while the kayak is being driven forwards but releases the stern when you ease off the power to enable tighter turns; essentially, the 9R II gives you the speed of a 10’ kayak, with the manoeuvrability of an 8’ kayak.
  • Width has been added higher up the cross-section around the seam line, particularly towards the stern, leading to softer stern sidewalls for smoother moves, whilst maintaining enough of the stern control edges for tracking and carving.
  • The combination of that wider stern, tailored rocker profile, and stern kicker help reduce tail tapping when coming off the lip of drops and keep the bow down when travelling through features, while a slightly wider bow and secondary release edge in addition to the bow wave deflectors keep the hull planing at speed on the water’s surface.
  • A pronounced peak to both the bow and stern decks promotes more efficient shedding of water when punching through features or resurfacing after drops, and in combination with additional volume focused around the stern deck, increases the handling on bigger volume runs and for paddlers at the top of the weight range.
  • Paddle entry cutaways allow more efficient, vertical placement of key strokes, and are shielded from water-loading by a bow volume step which is tied into the style of the bow handle recess.
  • A bow rescue point has been added to complete the array of drop-forged aluminium security handles and rescue points; a rescue point was chosen rather than a second, full-sized handle to keep the overall weight of the kayak to a minimum.
  • The open stern handle recess we experimented with on the 9R Large to increase the efficiency of water shedding from the stern deck, and which has now also been tried and tested in the Machno, carries through into the 9R II; the handle is placed slightly inboard for protection, but remains easily accessible for off-the-water handling of the boat and swimmer rescues.

…and most importantly, we freshened up the styling and made a few other small tweaks to create something we’re confident will be an even bigger hit than the original 9R; bringing back the analogy we began this post with though, just like you can go back and listen to your favourite band’s debut album, we’re still making the original 9R and smaller/lighter paddlers or those who prefer a ‘sportier’ edge can still go paddle it if they prefer.

In short, the 9R II will offer paddlers a faster ride, with greater control for smoother moves. It might have been a long time in the making, but it’s far from slow!

9R II Medium is in production now, and we’ve turned our sights to tailoring the design for larger paddlers to produce a 9R II Large later in the year.

Think you know what it’s all about? You don’t until you’ve paddled it!

Book a 9R II demo at your local dealer now:

Sport Schröer, Unna
Kanu-Treff, Augsburg
Ulis Paddel- & Outdoorladen, Ketsch
ZigZag, Albi
Globepaddler, Huningue
Passion Nature, Saint Jean d’Illac
KAYAK4U, Chatelay
Ozone Kayak, Quinto di Treviso
Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem, Wormer
Source to Sea, Innsbruck
Padlespesialisten, Arendal
Alpin Action, Kobarid
Vodak Sport, Brno
Kyiv Kayaks, Bojarka
AS Watersports, Exeter
Desperate Measures, Holme Pierrepont
Above + Below, Lee Valley
Marsport, Reading
Northshore Watersports, Tees Barrage
Whitewater The Canoe Centre, Shepperton
Go Kayaking North West, Runcorn
Robin Hood Watersports, Heckmondwike
Canoe & Kayak Store, Gloucestershire
Wet & Wild, Hull
Kent Canoes, Wrotham
South Coast Canoes, Wimborne
River Active, Llangollen
Canoe & Kayak Store, Cardiff
Radical Rider, Canolfan Tryweryn
I-Canoe, Dublin
Bantry Bay Canoes, Cork
Next Adventure, Portland OR
Zoar Outdoor, Charlemont MA
Nantahala Outdoor Centre, Bryson City NC
US National Whitewater Centre, Charlotte NC
Rock/Creek, Benton TN
More are on the way!
Please contact your local dealer.
Gippsland, Newlands Arm
Nomad Kayaks, Mount Martha
Long Cloud Kayaks, Christchurch

It’s #9RTooGood


Pyranha Limited Edition ‘Chile Red’ Colourway: Available Now!

We’re calling time on the Limited Edition ‘Pink Fizz’ colourway and doing something we haven’t in a while – a solid colour!

Our new Solid Red Limited Edition colourway with Turquoise Hardware and Outfitting Trim is called ‘Chile Red’, a name inspired by both the spicy red fruit (yes, it is a fruit!) and the whitewater haven; here’s what some of Team Pyranha have to say about the latter:

“It’s well known that Chile is waterfall heaven, but what surprises most paddlers once they arrive is everything else that’s on offer! Whilst heading towards the next park and huck on the list, you’ll pass through immensely varied landscapes, past active volcanos and through vast mountain ranges, discovering all manner of whitewater treats including technical steep creeks, pool drop runs, and miles of boulder garden rapids, as well as world-class big volume rivers. Chile really has it all!” – Sal Montgomery,

“Chile is a truly special place to me; since my first visit as an 18-year-old, it’s treated me amazingly and always felt like home. So many rivers and endless whitewater, stunning scenery, and good friends all around make it my favourite winter paddling destination without a doubt. The only thing you’ll ever regret will be not going sooner!” – Gerd Serrasolses, Serrasolses Brothers Program


Pyranha Ripper | My Go-To Boat

I have had the chance to paddle the Pyranha Ripper for the past year, and I genuinely believe this is one of the greatest kayaks on the planet!

It has become my go-to boat for kayaking, from low volume creeks to high-volume rivers, the Ripper is for everything. If you are looking to spice up your local runs and a creek boat is a little boring, the Ripper is the boat for you! I am in between the medium and the small, but I choose to paddle a small to make things a little more playful. Who doesn’t like to add a little spice to their kayaking?

Baby Falls, Tellico River
📷: Tony Hardman

My favorite concept about this boat is the stern! I love how slicey and low volume it is. It makes many vertical tricks extremely easy; for example, I love how simple the stern is to sink when I go for stern stalls. I also am not the greatest at kickflipping creek boats, but the low volume stern has made it so much easier to learn.

Stern squirting the Ripper in Buena Vista, Co
📷: Tony Hardman

I really love the hull of this boat; coming from a freestyle kayaking background, the planing hull is amazing. It makes carving back and forth on waves the best thing in the world! From small waves to big waves, carving back and forth makes you feel like a boss in the Ripper.  The planing hull makes the boat easy to manoeuvre in big rapids; if I need to get from one side of the river to the other, the boat turns fast and feels like a bullet speeding across the river.

Paddling the East Fork of the Lewis in Washington State
📷: Jack Shanlin

The Ripper has a full volume bow which makes punching through large features the simplest thing in the world! It has enough volume for maximum comfort for foot room and gives the ultimate pop out though features. When running waterfalls, it allows the boat to skip out through the water at the bottom. This bow also has controlled edges too, which makes carving easy and paddling through rapids simple. It allows for quick manoeuvres through rapids and keeps the hull loose for flat spins on waves.

Boofing Baby Falls on the Tellico
📷: Tony Hardman

I seriously cannot get enough of this boat! The Ripper is perfect for everything from waterfalls, to big volume rivers, to low volume creeks; this is the best all-around the boat. I have flown around the world with it because it makes every river run 100 times better and so much more fun! I recommend this boat to everyone, it doesn’t matter if you are small or big, the Ripper is for you! You can get the Ripper in three sizes to suit you and your goals, so head out to your local Pyranha dealer and pick one up for yourself!

📷: Tony Hardman

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