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Waka Kayaks

23a Malvern Road
Okere Falls
New Zealand

Phone: +64 21 026 07441

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The Tuna was designed by Kenny Mutton in 2011. It was first showcased in the Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship where, in the Tuna, Sam Sutton managed to take the win by 2.3 seconds. From there the Tuna has gone on to be the most successful kayak on the extreme racing circuit, winning almost every extreme race it has ever entered. In Sickline this year the Tuna still gained the fastest overall time and set new course record.

Previously manufactured by New Zealand company Bliss-stick, the Tuna exploded on to the kayak scene but many disappointed paddlers have just not been able to get hold of one. The Tuna has been much sought after but there have been few on the market. For this reason, Waka Kayaks has brought the mould to Europe, added the expertise of Mike Nekar and we are set to supply the waiting market with a top quality product.


The Tuna has a design that will make you feel like a pro, No other creek boat performs in the same way. The first time you boof or accelerate off a wave this becomes very obvious as the Tuna starts to plane. The release edges allow it to still be manoeuvrable at speed making a change of direction no problem. The Tuna's unique tail reduces back looping and stopping in holes. It has plenty of room for gear to make it a great multi day boat.

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 two sliders on the top, to adjust the seat position. All that is needed is two screws to be loosened 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 with a simple elastic sock giving easy access to adjust the amount of foam needed.

The back-band is extremely comfortable. It is adjusted by two ratchets and ladders and can be adjusted even more by altering the length of webbing on the ladder. The back-band has been mounted in such a way to allow easy access to any safety equipment or overnight gear stored in the rear of the kayak.

Thigh braces
The thigh braces are also extremely adjustable. With one pin through the top you can adjust the thigh cup to give you the ultimate fit. They can also slide forward and backwards by loosening another screw around the cockpit rim.

Foot Block
The foot block system is held by one pin but mounted through the kayak with two. This is to spread the load through the kayak but make for fast, easy adjustment, The bulkhead is fitted with thick foam to give comfort and to help absorb pressure under large impacts. The foot brace also comes with extra foam to make the kayak fit a wider range of paddler sizes.

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I would recomend Waka tuna to everyone looking for a sweet performing kayak to all of your creeking and river running needs where volume, comfort, speed and nice handling is required.


About Me
Grade 4 kayaker. I have paddled this boat in different types of rivers and waterfalls.
Pros / The Good
The Waka got massive amounts of speed,. It will get you trough holes very easily since it got an auto-boof design.
It seems to be very good at holding a line through rought water and it spins on a coin when you want to change direction.
It got great primary and secondary stabillity and surfs very well.
It doesnt roll as good as an old wavesport habitat but you will roll it easily.
The outfitting is very comfortable and easily adjustable. 2 screws on each side of the seat will slide it back and forth.
The hip pads are probably the best around, adjustable in length and amount of grab to you're hip will ensure a superb fit.
Great edges that will make you go into eddies like a champion !

Cons / The Bad
the first ones sold had a problem with the brackets attached to the seat wich was too small and the seat would loosen- Waka Fixed it!

It seems to get easily deformed on impact at the back, but way stronger than a pyranha Burn 2. We tested it !
It got some really shitty stretchy bands (ehm like rubber bands) between your feet thats supposed to hold a throw line or a drinking bottle.
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