All over the world

Our paddling team consists of coaches, travellers, kayak bums and hardcore stout-junkies alike.
They’re testing our products all over the world.

Thank you, guys!

Bethan Palmer

Queen of Hearts
” The title Queen of hearts is the perfect name for this kayak. Being 5ft, I’ve spent so many years having to compromise my paddling style in order to fit the general market of boats that were too big a volume for me. The fit of this boat filled me with the confidence to go for new moves/ rivers- leaving me smiling every time I got off the water “

George Younger

The Ace of Spades
” Ace of Spades The toughest kayak for the toughest expeditions. The Ace in the quiver! The kayak that handles everything the river demands. Solid, stable, stiff, reliable, the Ace looks after you when the going gets tough. Big volume, steep creeks and everything in between the Ace has got it covered. Drop it off the bus roof, drag it through the portage, miss your boof, the Ace is still winning! “

Reiner Glanz

The Royal Flush
” Favourite Spade Kayak: Royal Flush, its very fast and precise, still surprisingly easy to boof for its length, wants to be pushed and paddled with speed, light compared to others in its class, peforms well on technical creeks and pushy bigwater, best kayak I have ever had for my size. “

Ivan Safradin

The Royal Flush
” Enjoying Royal Flush because it provide a lot of comfort for bigger paddlers and it is a fast boat with great carving skills. But my first love is definitely Ace of Spade Pro. Ace is very agile and provide me biggest confidence on any rivers, big volumes, waterfalls … I am still amazed by the quality of plastic of that boat which is the best choice for our shallow rocky rivers in balkans “

Vera Knook

The Black Jack
” The Black Jack is my definite favorite. It is super playful and even when packed with gear for a multiday, it is easy to control without losing the fun factor, no compromise. I love carving into eddies and skipping from drops with this boat. “

Carlo Gatti

The Royal Flush
” I love Royal Flush, that’s the perfect kayak for me. It is fast, precise and it can literally fly. Perfect for any kind of river, from the big volume to the most rocky creek. “

Ashu Rawat

The Royal Flush
” I am using Royal Flush for last two years. In numerous competitions it has become my better half, it makes me comfortable and helps me fly high. With the Royal Flush I feel like a royal eagle in an open sky, ready to glide through any rapid or river. “

Aran Balagueró

The Royal Flush
” It’s been a year since I am using the Royal Flush and I only can say good things about this boat. What I really like about Royal Flush is that the first week using it, it feels like you have been paddling this boat for a long time. Royal Flush is a boat to get fun and also to push your limits, his stability, velocity and easy way to move make this a boat so difficult to get bored! “

Paul Hülser

The Black Jack
” Absolutely in love with my BlackJack and super stoked to be the youngest team rider! The BJ is super easy to boof and easy to handle when it comes to bigger rapids. Its fast and super playful while paddling through a level 3 boulder garden. Perfect boat to leave the river with a big smile!“

Nadine Bogenreiter

The Black Jack
” I am totally in love with my Blackjack. With this beauty I found a creek boat that fits a women too. The kayak is easy to turn, super fast, sticks to the line and playful. But the best thing is when you boof it – feels like flying! “

Marieke Vogt

The Black Jack
” I love the BlackJack, because even with a light and small person like me it can navigate through huge rapids and is also brilliant on technical white water. “

Louise Capel

The Black Jack
” The first time I paddled the Black Jack I knew we were going to be friends. Forgiving of those indecisive moments but a willing ally when some extra speed or a tricky manoeuvre is needed, it’s a boat that I always look forward to paddling. “

Mike Krutyansky

The Royal Flush
” My personal goal in whitewater kayaking is remote class V big volume expeditions. These are the ultimate adventures where the prefect combination of skills, knowledge, technique, physical shape, experience and perfect equipment is needed. My choice for these expeditions is the Royal Flush from Spade Kayaks. It’s the best boat for the big volume rivers. “

Anup Gurung

The Royal Flush
” Though I would pair up better with Black Jack, I’m in love with the Royal Flush. My Guru’s who designed it says “Royal Flush is your „Hattori Hanzo sword“ of extreme white water weapons.” Yes they are right! It’s fast, it’s precise and most importantly it is a boat I enjoy paddling on all kinds of rivers. “

Epic Walter

The Black Jack
” The Black Jack is my boat of choice! No matter if I’m paddling easy white water or big waterfalls. It is playful but also gives me enough confidence when I need it. “

Andi Haberländer

The Black Jack
” The Blackjack is my absolute favourite kayak ATM. Its incredible, how fast it skips through Rapids If you keep her on line. Fast and playful, the bj wants to be paddled actively, but If you do so, it becomes a special blend. P.s. in pink/blue IT looks even more sexy;)“

Francisco Pandolfi Jimenez

The Royal Flush
” I really like the royal flush, especially on creek rivers and waterfalls. It is stable, fast and even easy to paddle at! Its edges are incredible and sick to boof any drop and its outfit is very cool and comfortable! I love it! If you have a mistake on rapids, you can get back the line very well and on time! I cannot wait to see more sick boats from Spade Kayaks! “

Simon Gegg

The Black Jack
” The Black Jack combines a perfect modern creekboat with huge potential of fun. It’s super fast, easy to maneuver, easy to keep it on line and easy to boof. It’s playful but also makes you feel safe on big rapids at the same time. For sure that’s exactly what every Teamrider says about his boat, but give it a try… I didn’t regret ! “

Stephan Thieme

The Black Jack
” I‘m really in love with the Black Jack. For me as the Head of the German Trainer Team of NaturFreunde it is important to have a reliable and easy maneuverable kayak for light whitewater as well as for big rapids. The BJ is excellent for technical rides and precise lines in any terrain. Any color is fine for me – as long it is orange/white ? “

Thomas Waldner

The Royal Flush
” Favourite Spade Kayak: Royal Flush. This boat is amazing, super-fast, precise, handles well and despite its length, great to boof over every drop! Paddlers weighing from 70kg will enjoy this boat! “

Philipp “Flipper” Much

The Black Jack
” My absolute favourite is the Black Jack. Fast, agile and fun to paddle, it is the perfect companion for me from the Alps to the Big Water classics in southern Patagonia. The direct response encourages an active paddling style and invites you to catch as many eddies as possible. “

Alexander Volkmar

The Royal Flush
” When not working on the Spade Kayaks website, I prefer to paddle the Royal Flush! “

Sanna Haibach

The Black Jack
” For me, the Blackjack is the perfect choice to cover all whitewater-delicacies i need. It is fast and super responsive! With it´s edgy shape i have alot of fun cruising around in easier whitwater catching eddies and boofing around. But also in heavier whitewater it offers suffiecient reserve in case i pushed my limit a bit too far… “

Marcel Bloder

The Royal Flush
” I love to paddle the Royal Flush because it is by far the fastest and best maneuverable boat for my weight and size (185cm and 87kg) I am proud to paddle Spade since the beginning and to use it not only for difficult Whitewater but for many of the whitewater races in central Europe as well as for Boatercross races such as the Austrian Championships which I could win with my Flush already two years in a row. It’s a great company with great people worth to support! “

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