In 1971, when Founder and Managing Director of Venture Kayaks, Graham Mackereth turned his love of kayaking into a full-time job and started building kayaks in his father’s garage, most kayak touring was done in fibreglass ‘general purpose’ kayaks, which varied little from boats designed for slalom, and confusingly were frequently referred to as ‘canoes’.
Over the following years, as their team of enthusiasts grew, They pioneered material innovations such as the introduction of polyethylene as a kayak construction material, and drove the transition to more specialised kayak designs better suited to the many adventures and disciplines the sport has to offer; the culmination of this was the emergence of what we know as ‘Touring Kayaks’ today, and the formation of the Venture brand to signify their contrasting but complementary purpose to whitewater kayaks and sea kayaks.
In the Venture Kayaks range, you’ll find Touring Kayak designs which have evolved over our 5-decade long history, produced in the latest HDPE compounds, and designed specifically to make the most of exploring inland and coastal environments.
Over our 45+ year history, Pyranha Kayaks have been chosen for countless first descents including Everest’s river, the Dudh Kosi, and by numerous World Champions; it’s safe to say, they know what it takes to produce a great boat.
We're paddlers ourselves (you might even spot a few of us in the images on this website!), and all their boats are designed and manufactured by them; because that’s all they do, you can be sure that all of our attention, knowledge, and passion for the sport go into each and every canoe & kayak we make, so you’ll get something that does more than just float!
Crucially, if they wouldn’t be happy paddling it ourselves, it doesn’t leave the factory.
The Venture Canoes & Kayaks range is designed to give you everything you need to get out on the water and start making the adventures of your dreams a reality; you won’t be paying for unnecessary accessories, carrying unrequired weight, or having to read extensive user manuals to work out how to operate the boat.
Venture Canoes & Kayaks are designed to perform for a lifetime; They use the best components and fittings available, for instance, Their hatch covers are made by industry leaders, KajakSport.
Venture work closely with their suppliers to develop the most advanced polymers used in canoe & kayak production, with high UV, scratch, and impact resistance.