The Waka Family
Sam once claimed living on a boat and owning a lemon tree as his life goals. He may not have achieved exactly that, but Sam’s enthusiasm, endless supply of ideas, and willingness to work hard has allowed him to excel at everything he does. To make something better, you have to be willing to do something different. From his paddling to his approach to business and boat design, Sam finds ways to make something his own. His distinctive forward stroke may lull a few slalom paddlers into thinking he will be an easy beat, but it just goes to show there is more than one way to do anything. A three-time Adidas Sickline World Champion, Sam has made a name for himself on the water by being fast, smooth, consistent, and fearless. Never content with being the best, Sam teamed with Kenny Mutton to found Waka kayaks, where he is constantly in search of new ways to make what is already good even better.
Sam’s drive to innovate means he is constantly looking for how to improve Waka’s designs.
A living legend, Kenny brings decades of experience paddling, racing and competing across all disciplines of kayaking to Waka Kayaks. An old-school freestyle paddler turned racer, Kenny still smokes the competition to win daily 6:30 am race laps on his home river the Kaituna. A hard-working kiwi not afraid to get his hands dirty, Kenny designed boats for Bliss-Stick and Prijon before partnering with Sam Sutton to design boats that are stronger, lighter, faster and suit an ever changing and developing sport. He has already been beaten once this year by son Zack, but claims that it won’t happen again. He has promised not to give up until daughter Rivey beats him.
Kenny’s vision for Waka is to continue to refine and perfect existing designs while developing new ones.
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