Thursday, 18 June 2015

5 New videos by Helen Wilson you need to see - learn how to roll a kayak

These are a short videos of Helen Wilson and Rebel Ilaga demonstrating rolling techniques during a practice session in Norway as part of our 2015 Nordic Tour. Videos by Mark Tozer

Simplifying The Roll: ROLLS IN GREENLANDIC
This is a short video of Helen completing three rolls and saying their names in Greenlandic.

Simplifying The Roll: ROLL IN SLOW MOTION!

Simplifying The Roll: CIGAR ROLL

Simplifying The Roll: SHOTGUN ROLL

Simplifying The Roll: BEHIND THE NECK ROLL

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Rebel Husky - new sea kayak by Rebel Kayaks

We have some news for you! Until now, we only had 2 greenland kayaks in the Rebel range. Today we want to introduce you our new kayak. We called it Husky, because Huskies are a hard working and friendly dogs - same as our new kayak!

Husky's features

With a rocker and more symmetrical hull-shape this is one playful kayak. Hard chine, flat V-shaped bottom with fine endings towards bow and stern, it's made to maneuver. It has a low profile and very easy to roll. It features stainless steel rods for a towing system or to lock on a roof rack plus has lots of cords on the deck for al of your stuff / gear.


  • Lenght: 520 cm
  • Width: 53 cm
  • Cocpit: 83 x 45 cm
  • Weight: 20 - 22 kg
  • Capacity: 130 kg
  • Skeg: Standard
  • Rudder: Option 
First unit of Rebel Husky

Why Husky? 

One of my first “Greenland” style kayaks was called Husky and this version is something like MK 5 or 6, but still has a lot in common with the concept. Recent significant change is, that we put some more rocker into the hull. We were pleased with the deck-layout so, we didn't change nothing there. For a person up to 90kg it’s a real playboat and even with some load, it will be a working dog during  a few days trip. This version is Low Volume.

left: Husky LV & right: Ilaga

Test & Try

Remember, that you can check out Husky during the Nordic Tour by Mark Tozer & Helen Wilson. They run rolling classes around Scandinavia, starting in May, until end of August. They also have Ilaga and T model with them! More info >>here

So try it out, cause it's a rock and roller!
Johan Wirsén

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

New video : Rolling Rebel Greenland T

Great video from our dannish partner KajakGaarden. Thank You so much for that!

Short film on rolling in the Rebel Greenland T. The kayak is one of the most succesfull designs ever in modern traditional kayak designs. It is a rolling machine, but where it excels from other rolling kayaks is that it is both stable and fun to padle on a day trip as well. The film was captured at Kajakgaardens residence in Kolding Harbour. Equipment used was Rebel greenland T and also a Rebel Standard Blade. The very skilled padler - David Garcia, used Palm Equipment drysuit and Pfd, which is his preferred brand. - wrote Team Kajakgaarden.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Nordic Tour 2015 Schedule by Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer

It's that time of the year again! Time to kick-off new season with The Nordic Tour! Mark and Helen, a.k.a Greenland or Bust, proud endorsers of Rebel Kayaks are going to visit 19 cities in three countries – Denmark, Sweden and Norway. This is the biggest edition of Nordic Tour in history of this event! So, if you're looking for a place to learn how to properly roll your kayak, and want to know more about groundbreaking Rebel Kayaks, make sure you'll catch their Rolling Clinic in one of the places listed below.
If you need more information on The Tour, don't hesitate to write Mark and Helen:

You can also read more about partnership between Greenland Or Bust and Rebel Kayaks on:
>>Learn more about Cooperation between Rebel and Greenland or Bust

The Nordic Tour 2015 starts in Asker, Norway on May 23/24.
Ilaga - Helen Wilson tutoring floating platfrom. Photo: Mark Tozer

  • May 23 to 24 Asker, Norway
  • May 29 to 31 Oslo, Norway
  • June 6 to 7 Fitjar, Norway
  • June 9 to 11 Bergen, Norway
  • June 13 to 14 Bekkjarvik, Norway
  • June 20 to 21 Stavanger, Norway
  • June 26 to 29 Copenhagen, Denmark
  • July 3 to 4 Grebbestad, Sweden
  • July 9 to 12 Stockholm, Sweden
  • July 16 to 18 Mora, Sweden
  • July 22 to 26 Nynashamn, Sweden
  • July 28 to 30 Sandhamn, Sweden
  • August 1 to 3 Karlstad, Sweden
  • August 8 to 9 Helsingborg, Sweden
  • August 11 to 12 Rungsted, Denmark
  • August 15 to 16 Frederiksværk, Denmark
  • August 22 to 23 Svendborg, Denmark
  • August 29 Malmo, Sweden
  • August 30 Karlshamn, Sweden
We can say that Nordic Tour 2014 was a really great venue! We hope that this upcoming Nordic Tour 2015 will be same or even better:)

Check out how Helen demonstrate rolls with Rebel Kayaks here: Hellen's video

Rolling Clinic - photo by Mark Tozer

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New wooden beauty for season 2015

We are pleased to say that in new season we will add to our range: wooden norsaq.
Rebel roll will be easy as never before :)

Made in Poland

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Rebel paddler in France

We have received some nice photo from France. François wrote to us:

"Here we are three Rebels in ILE-TUDY, from Bretagne, France. We enjoy paddling and rolling with them.We wish for you the best in 2015.
François, Bernard, Guénaelle."

Photo: Gurwann Le Jan
Thank You all for that and keep Rebel in 2015!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

First year with Rebel Kayaks on the market - summary by Johan

Rebel Kayaks' first season draws to a close and it's time to take stock.

Paddle Expo 2014. photo: J.K.
-It more or less all started for Rebel Kayaks when we showed a kayak at Paddle Expo, (a kayak fair in Germany, in 2013). The response was greater than expected and we went home strengthened by the experience;

What spurred us most was that the requests came from well established retailers with many years in the industry. It was something we hoped for (when) knowing that appreciation of quality also means longevity and good service.

We were aware that our production would be limited so we made that clear to our prospective customers and dealers but what we were not prepared for was that the "T" model would sell in greater numbers than "Ilaga".

Our mould maker unfortunately broke his leg in the middle of the start-up of production, The leg is now healed and the kayaks delivered So every thing worked out well, even if it was tight sometimes.

Mark and Helen
Friends like Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer used our kayaks on their "Nordic Tour" clinics; that, of course, helped a lot to create awareness for our kayaks and show them off, while our PFDs and our wooden paddles have also been well received.

photo: J.K.

So all together:

We have all helped each other, and relations have been strengthened between all involved which feels extra good. We did not rush the production of the kayaks and warranty claims have been almost none.

This was also reflected when we met most of our retailers at this year's Paddle Expo, and it has been confirmed many times directly from those that now own and paddle a "Rebel".

What happens next?

-Yes, we are planning to increase the production somewhat. Now we are prepared for the disparity in sales between the models and we hope to keep a small stock for next Year.

We will also expand our catalogue with more kayak models over time. Drawing from my previous experiences, the new kayaks will not be presented until they are in production, with rigorous test paddling and adjustments prior production completed !!

Many people have been in touch with me desiring the release of some of the previous kayaks I designed, which are no longer manufactured. We are obviously both honoured and delighted, but since we are a small manufacturer with limited resources, we must consider every step carefully.

Rebel Kayak is on the way!

Johan Wirsén​

Photos by: Eva Finder, Mark Tozer & Janusz Kowalski