Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Rebel Kayaks – new brand of high end sea kayaks for demanding paddlers.

After more then ten years of designing kayaks for a number of companies (and got ripped off a couple off times) it is now time to back off a little and look for the passion and joy once more.
The idea for Rebel Kayaks is to connect design with skilled employees. Workers that have the knowledge and feeling for the materials that they work with. And also have the knowledge and feeling for paddling. It means that I as a designer am more closely connected to the process. The vast experience that the builders have will translate into producing high end sea kayaks for demanding paddlers – built on experience!

First two models introduced under the Rebel brand will not be “new models”. Instead we have chosen two models that are well known, recognised, and highly regarded by paddlers all around. We will upgrade them and also put more effort into the lamination in order to get stiffer and lighter boats. The kayaks will not be produced in big numbers any more. Instead we will focus on putting that little extra effort into each and every kayak.
The difference that You will feel while paddling in REBEL kayak.

Yours sincerely Johan Wirsén
boat builder/designer


  1. Congratulations my friend on the start of REBEL KAYAKS.
    I'm excited to watching it develop. I think I am somewhat familair with the first two designs you are bringing to market. way to go Johan!!!

  2. Tell us more! the photographs are interestin.g

  3. Congratulations Johan.
    Finally you are able to take control of what was always yours and not be at the mercy of unscrupulous manufacturers. Wishing you the greatest success in creating outstanding kayaks for the discerning paddler.

  4. Interesting! I hope to get a closer look at your old upgraded models soon (even though you might need to upgrade your English a little bit!). Have you launched them yet? Any pics?

    1. HEHE,You are right. It was a concept text and we were so excited to "put the REBEL on", that we done some mistakes:) We will change it of course.
      We still work on prototypes to be 99% satisfied. However, we already have some action photos and we will release soon:)

  5. Congratulations,we look forward

  6. Congratulations! We are happy for new brand of high end sea kayaks. These Kayaks seems to be very comfortable according to the design. Best of luck for your future, please post more information about your REBEL KAYAKS.

  7. Looking forward to be able to order one ! I live in South Florida and the Greenland style paddling community is thriving. I would love to be able to order one myself. When will this be possible ?