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Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

The Vikings Are A-comin'

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Last month, we re-posted Kayaking Canuck’s photo of their two Viking Kayaks “Profish Reloads” and couldn’t believe the response it got from our US-based readers. Comments like “SLICK, I wish they were available in the States” and “That is a machine!! Where can I get one?” followed the release. We spoke with Viking Kayaks shortly after the post, and they told us they had yet to finalize anything in the US.

It looks like the wait for Vikings will soon be over! Check out the following release from Yak Gear about United States distribution of Viking Kayaks:

Yak Gear is proud to announce the United States distribution of Viking Kayaks, a New Zealand-based kayak manufacturer. As the United States distributor of Viking Kayaks and the accompanying line of paddling and fishing accessories, Yak Gear is distributing the newly-designed Viking Kayak "Profish Reload" and the Viking Kayak "Profish 400 Lite" sit-on-top fishing kayaks.

About Viking Kayaks

Viking Kayaks has been designing kayaks for the New Zealand market for almost fifteen years. After recent success as a dominant kayak manufacturer in New Zealand due to their unique tracking and stability designs for offshore compatibility, Viking Kayak is now bringing their designs to the United States.

The development of Viking Kayaks is the result of the collaborative efforts of Stephen Tapp – one of New Zealand’s most well-known and experienced kayak anglers – and Grant Montague, owner of Viking Kayaks, New Zealand. Together, Stephen and Grant have a combined twenty eight years’of experience manufacturing and designing fishing kayaks.

Viking Kayak Models

The Viking Kayak Profish Reload (14.8' long, 29"wide, 64 lbs.) is a sit-on-top kayak that is fast, stable, and easy to manage on and off the water. The Profish is the choice for anglers seeking touring endurance combined with stability. The Profish Reload features the Reload Tackle Pod System, which offers the ability to have a fully-integrated and removable depth finder, battery, and transducer setup combined with a large tackle storage space. It’s now quick and easy to remove or reload your valuable depth finder, transducer, and tackle – the ultimate in convenience. The Profish Reload will be available in two colors: Grey Mist and Yellow/Black combo.

Viking Kayak Profish Reload Yak Gear

Viking Kayak Profish Reload

Also offered is the Viking Kayak Profish 400 Lite (13.2' long, 30.5 wide, 54 lbs.).  The Profish 400 is an excellent paddling kayak suitable for long offshore excursions as well as inshore paddles. Being lightweight makes it easy to load on to roof racks and carry to and from the water. The detachable tackle pod option makes setting up for your fishing trip quick and easy. The Profish 400 will be available in two colors: Green/Black combo and Orange/Black combo. 

Viking Kayak Profish 400 Lite Yak Gear

Viking Kayak Profish 400 Lite.  Notice the stability while sitting side-saddle!

Built for Customized Rigging

Customization is key when rigging fishing kayaks for different types of fishing or individual preferences. Understanding this, Yak Gear is bringing Viking Kayaks to the United States with the intention that the customer can finish much of the accessory design. Customization options include seat choice, flush mount rod holder placement, center pod configuration, anchor trolley positioning, and even external mount placement.

Not into rigging for kayak fishing? The two Viking Kayaks make great recreational and surfing kayaks as well!

Where to Find Viking Kayaks

Austin Kayak, headquartered in Austin, TX, will be the first retailer to offer the two models of Viking Kayaks. Inquiries about availability can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Yak Gear will be adding three more retailers to the exclusive list of Viking Kayaks Dealers by 2015.

Last modified on Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:21
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


# gssterl 2014-03-20 12:09
Interesting boat. I like most of the features, but i think you almost have to offer a non-standard kayak seat like the Jackson line/Old Town Predator nowadays to be competitive.

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