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Introducing the Shadow, the ultimate entry-level multisport kayak designed to accommodate paddlers of all sizes. With its wide cockpit opening and generous interior space, the Shadow is the perfect choice for beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike. Whether you're a 60kg paddler seeking a secure and nimble ride or a 100kg-plus paddler craving extra room and stability, the Shadow delivers an unmatched experience on the water.

The Shadow's standout features include our renowned Ruaversal seat, ensuring optimal comfort for paddlers during extended journeys. The easy-entry cockpit makes getting in and out a breeze, while the high thigh deflector effectively redirects waves, enhancing the overall stability of the kayak. The ultra-stable hull sets the Shadow apart, providing a secure foundation for paddlers to build confidence and skills.

Tim Taylor, the mind behind Ruahine, emphasizes that the Shadow is the pinnacle of beginner multisport kayaks. Its exceptional stability, coupled with a commendable turn of speed, makes it an ideal choice for events like the Coast to Coast. Whether you're a novice looking to master the art of kayaking without grappling with balance issues or a seasoned racer seeking a reliable, stable companion, the Ruahine Shadow is the answer.

Step into the world of multisport with confidence, knowing that the Shadow is crafted to deliver a seamless blend of stability and speed. Embrace the thrill of paddling with the assurance that the Shadow has your back—an excellent choice for conquering rivers and crossing the finish line in style. Elevate your kayaking experience with the Ruahine Shadow—the perfect companion for your multisport journey.


Fiberglass $4,349 Composite $4,649


Fibreglass $5,999 Composite $6,299

Ability Level


Paddler Size

60-115kg and up to 6'5" tall


570 millimetres


5.7 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.