Gangsta Kayak

by Matthias Weger


The Gangsta has stood the test of time. It has proven again and again that it’s the fastest race boat out there, dominating Extreme Kayak World Championships since 2016. This boat has been made to go fast and trades some of its manoeuvrability and ease to boof, for speed making it less forgiving compared to its brothers and sisters in the Waka line up. If you manage to keep the bow dry, the boat online and skipping on a race run you’re bound to put down a time that will be tough to beat. 

It’s always a balance between hitting your lines and raw speed so it can be bit difficult deciding between the Gangsta and other boats in the Waka line up such as the Stoke or Steeze, that capitalise on the consistency of not making mistakes. As the water gets bigger, and moves become trickier in a race course, there may be a real advantage to choosing another boat in our line up such as the Stoke so that hitting the lines perfectly is easier.

The Gangsta is a more conventional design than others in the Waka range, and may suit paddlers that prefer a style with less rocker and a rounder hull. The Gangsta measures in at 274 cm long, giving it heaps of speed in flatwater. It is 68 cm wide, so suits a wide variety of paddler weights (60kg-100kg), although the lighter you are the easier this boat will paddle. 


Length:274 cm
Width:68 cm
Weight:22 kg
Paddler weight:70-120 kg
Volume:360 litres / 95 gal.
Style:Creeker / River Runner

Easy to adjust outfitting is what the Tuna has been equipped with. We wanted to have strong but fast adjustment to our outfitting to ensure it caters for everyone from schools to experts.

The seat is Roto-moulded. It has three screw holes under the hip pads on seat tab to adjust the seat position. Just loosen two screws and the seat will slide forward and backwards. The seat is very comfortable, especially over longer periods of time.

Hip Pads
The hip pads are the most adjustable on the market. A simple elastic sock gives easy access so you can adjust the amount of foam needed.

The back-band is extremely comfortable. It has two ratchets and ladders, making it easy to adjust and tighten. It can be adjusted even more by altering the length of webbing on the back of the back-band. The back-band has been mounted to allow for easy access to any safety equipment or overnight gear stored behind the seat.

Thigh braces
The thigh braces are extremely comfortable. They are simple, light weight and most importantly, very effective, giving you perfect control.

The foot-block is fully adjustable thanks to four thumb-nuts on the inside of the hull. The width of the foot-block is also adjustable, depending on the position of the foot block.

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