SPIRIT Paddle Sports in Perth, WA was founded in 1993 by Surf Ski designer, builder and paddler, James Payne. SPIRIT Paddle Sports has evolved to become a major manufacturer of high quality and super tough polyethylene surf skis, sit on top kayaks, paddles, paddle gear and accessories building a reputation for high quality, innovative design, appealing aesthetics and exceptional performance. SPIRIT Paddle Sports is one of the premier kayak shops and surf ski destination stores in Perth.
SPIRIT Paddle Sports draws upon its racing heritage and competitive expertise to ensure the latest craft designs perform beyond expectation retaining functionality. The willingness to experiment and take risks ensures SPIRIT Paddle Sports remains at the forefront of paddle craft development pioneering the way for rotomoulded sit on top sport kayaks.
SPIRIT Surf Ski’s are proudly designed, developed and manufactured in Perth, Western Australia utilising the highest quality materials and workmanship – your personal guarantee of quality and satisfaction. SPIRIT Paddle Sports has professionally appointed Dealerships in all main states of Australia and in many countries throughout the world.
In December 2007, SPIRIT Paddle Sports acquired Adventure Kayaks Australia. Adventure Kayaks manufacture a range of leisure kayaks dedicated to recreational, camping and fishing lifestyle paddling. This perfectly complements the range of Sport Kayaks available from SPIRIT.
In May 2008, SPIRIT Paddle Sports acquired Torpedo Kayaks. Two brand new ski’s, the Crossfire – a fast training and exercise craft or long distance recreational sit on and the Torpedo, a purpose built sit on for children with a maximum capacity of 65kg were added to the range.
SPIRIT Paddle Sports philosophy revolves around revolutionary product design and development, innovation, intuitive paddler training, product support for all paddlers with a focus on growing kayak participation at all levels including leisure, fitness and competition.
SPIRIT Paddle Sports proudly supports Surf Life Saving Australia, Canoeing Western Australia and sponsors many national events including The Avon Descent, Adventurethon and Classic Paddle. SPIRIT’s Racing Ski is the only Surf Life Saving Australia approved plastic surf ski and holds many Masters Titles in SLSA competition.
SPIRIT remarkable performance – Avon Descent since 1972
The SPIRIT Double Surf Ski still holds the overall paddle craft record of completing the world class white water event the “Avon Descent” faster than any other paddle craft in the 40 year history of the Avon Descent – D Pratt and T Bird – 7 hours, 13 minutes and 48 seconds – 1996. “Yes” even beating the double kayaks! What an amazing achievement!
SPIRIT has dominated the Avon Descent over the past decade winning the long plastic male category (LP1) for the past 11 years consecutively 2003-2013. SPIRIT’s PRS also holds the current record for the fastest plastic down the Avon – the most prestigious and highly sought after LP1 class. If you want the best chance of winning the LP1 Class – you had better get yourself the right craft!
2012 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Act Belong Commit Avon Descent and SPIRIT Paddle Sports were appointed International Support Partner. SPIRIT was recognised for bringing great athletes from all corners of the globe to compete in the greatest white water event in the world – paddlers from USA, Canada, Germany and UK enjoyed the experience and unique atmosphere only the Avon Descent can generate.
SPIRIT Historic Achievements
- World’s First Plastic Racing Ski
- World’s First Carbon Fibre Injection Moulded Wing Blade Paddle
- World’s First Performance Long Plastic Racing Ski