The Firebolt is Ruahine Kayak’s most popular intermediate-level multisport kayak and Tim’s favourite. As the successor to the very popular Opus, it's proven to be extremely popular with people wanting to take their paddling up to that next step up.

Designed to have the best compromise of balance and speed, it has a fine cutting bow, lower foredeck, and wider rear deck for stability. This basically means it’s fast on the flat and stable in the rough stuff. It also includes a unique paddle recess which has been specifically designed to aid with smoother paddle entry.

Tim’s Tips: this is my go-to kayak. I use this kayak for most of my training and coaching because it has a relatively high flat water speed and far greater level of stability and comfort than my F1. For anyone wanting to increase their speed while retaining some degree of stability, I can’t rate this kayak highly enough.


Fiberglass $3199 Composite $3699

Ability Level


Paddler Size

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


Fiberglass 14.5kg Composite 12.2kg






We build all of our kayaks to order so there are a few things you need to plan for. Firstly you will need to know the colour that you would like - take a look at our gallery page for a few examples or find something you like and send us a picture. Secondly you will need to know the layup option - either fibreglass or composite. Please contact me today if you'd like to chat about the option ph) 027 668 9904.

Demo Kayak

I have a Firebolt demo kayak available for test paddles in Tauranga. Please contact me to arrange a time.

Coast to Coast Package $5399

Ruahine Kayaks is the only supplier in NZ that can supply you with the complete kayak package! Our Firebolt package includes the kayak, wing paddle, grade 2 cert, PFD, spray deck, helmet, pants, jacket, airbags, and dry bag.

Things You Need To Know...

Ordering - I work on a 3 week turnaround. In many cases I 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. I will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.

Shipping and Pickup- I am 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 me 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 I will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.  

Composite Colours – all of our composite kayaks have an exposed hull (clear gelcoat) to show off the beauty of the fibers. The deck is your choice of colour just like the fiberglass model. I 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.