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Introducing the Firebolt, Ruahine Kayak's most sought-after intermediate-level multisport kayak and a personal favorite of Tim Taylor, the driving force behind Ruahine. As the successor to the beloved Opus, the Firebolt has quickly become the go-to choice for paddlers seeking to elevate their skills to the next level.

Meticulously designed to strike the perfect balance between speed and stability, the Firebolt features a fine cutting bow, lower foredeck, and wider rear deck. This innovative design ensures exceptional performance—delivering impressive speed on flat waters while maintaining stability in challenging conditions. The inclusion of a unique paddle recess, crafted for smoother paddle entry, adds to the kayak's overall efficiency.

Tim Taylor, sharing his insights, describes the Firebolt as his personal go-to kayak for training and coaching. With a relatively high flat water speed and a superior level of stability and comfort compared to other models, the Firebolt has become an indispensable choice for those looking to increase their speed without compromising on stability.

Unleash the full potential of your paddling experience with the Firebolt—the kayak that seamlessly blends performance and comfort. Whether you're training, coaching, or pushing your limits in multisport events, the Firebolt stands as a testament to Ruahine's commitment to delivering top-tier kayaks. Join the ranks of paddlers who rely on the Firebolt to take their skills to new heights—a versatile and dynamic watercraft that Tim Taylor himself can't rate highly enough.





Ability Level


Paddler Size

65-95kg and up to 6'5" tall


450 millimetres


5.9 metres


We work on a 3-4 week turnaround. In many cases we will be able to supply before the three weeks is up however, these are a hand-made product so they do take time to produce and we often have multiple orders in the system. we will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.

Shipping and Pickup

We are based in Mount Maunganui and kayaks can be picked up directly from my workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask for an estimate.

Colours Fiberglass

All fiberglass kayaks come with a white hull. This looks smart and doesn't show up as many scratches caused by rocks. The deck can be either a single, block colour (great if you want to display sponsors logo's) or your choice of two colours that are faded together. Please note that the colours are mixed in with the resin at the time of laying up the kayak so not everything is possible. At the time of ordering we will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.  

Composite Colours

Our composite kayaks have a white hull. If you would like a clear hull (to show off the beauty of the fibres) please be aware that micro bubbles and resin pockets may be visible. The deck is your choice of colour just like the fiberglass model. We prefer to have this coloured to prevent the sun from heating it up too much but if you wish I can also do the top with a clear coat.