In 1971, when Founder and Managing Director, Graham Mackereth turned his love of kayaking into a full time job and started building kayaks in his father’s garage, most kayak touring was done in fibreglass ‘general purpose’ kayaks, which varied little from boats designed for slalom, and confusingly were frequently referred to as ‘canoes’.
Over the following years, as our team of enthusiasts grew, we pioneered material innovations such as the introduction of polyethylene as a kayak construction material, and drove the transition to more specialised kayak designs better suited to the many adventures and disciplines the sport has to offer; the culmination of this was the emergence of what we know as ‘Touring Kayaks’ today, and the formation of the Venture brand to signify their contrasting but complementary purpose to whitewater kayaks and sea kayaks.
In the Venture Kayaks range, you’ll find Touring Kayak designs which have evolved over our 5 decade long history, produced in the latest HDPE compounds, and designed specifically to make the most of exploring inland and coastal environments.
Each and every Venture Canoe & Kayak is designed and built in the UK by the same team behind Pyranha Whitewater Kayaks and P&H Sea Kayaks; our experience dates back to 1971, and our passion for canoeing and kayaking further still, with both flowing through everything we do today.
We're paddlers ourselves, and all our boats are designed and manufactured by us; because that's all we do, you can be sure that all of our attention, knowledge, and passion for the sport go in to each and every kayak we make, so you'll get something that does more than just float!