Riot kayaks, a division of Kayak Distribution.

Riot kayaks was founded in 1997 by former Olympian, innovative designer and multiple whitewater kayak world champion, Corran Addison. The Riot name quickly became synonymous with cutting-edge whitewater designs, especially freestyle kayaks for throwing acrobatic tricks in whitewater rapids.

Riot kayaks are made using 3 different types of materials:

Using the best grade of rotomolding polyethylene, our Cross-Max process combines by-design reinforcement with the natural mechanical qualities of HDPE to provide the right balance between stiffness, weight, durability, and quality of finish.

Cross-Light construction perfectly combines the advantages of rotomolded and composite boats. It creates a boat that is up to 25% lighter, stiffer, and faster, and, let’s face it, that looks better than a comparable rotomolded boat. Meanwhile it is significantly tougher and more affordable than a comparable composite boat. With Cross-Light you get it all: lightweight, beautiful, tough, and durable.

Our new ultralight kayaks are meant to be just that: ultra light. We have reviewed every aspect of our Cross-Light construction with an emphasis on weight reduction. This gives us an additional 15-25% weight savings vs our cross light construction, which makes these the lightest kayaks in their category, bar none!