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Key spec
Paddler weight (Optimum): 60-80kg
Paddler weight high-volume: 80-100kg
Boat length: 5.2M
Beam: 40cm
Constructions: All racing
Stability: 3 (Quite unstable)



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The modern sleek lines of the Typhoon make a boat that it as fast as any top-spec K1's from the 1980's, but with a welcome stability boost when compared to today’s top racers. The result is the freedom to paddle with confidence and power.

With cross sections designed to minimize wobble without adversely affecting speed, the Typhoon is a great choice for paddlers looking to progress into the top ranks. Experienced paddlers at the other end of their career, will find the Typhoon a comfortable platform which performs excellently. Endurance athletes will also welcome the improved stability, as fatigue sets in and water conditions worsen.

A low 2-pin seat is the standard option for maximum stability, but a high 2-pin seat is available at no extra charge for a greater challenge and superior seating position. For comparison, the low 2-pin seat is approximately 50mm from the keel to the front of the seat pan and a standard platform seat (in its low adjustment) is 85mm. 

The rounded centre section and v’eed forward sections makes for a sea kindly craft that performs well in a wide range of conditions.

The Typhoon is also available in a higher volume, purpose built with the larger paddler in mind (up to 100kg). It has increased rocker to allow good rudder response despite the increased size. The redesigned high deck provides ample foot space for the tall paddlers, as well as the flexibility to increase the length of the factory fitted footrest.

+ Two seat heights available for a staggered paddler progression

+ Extra stability so you can put the power down with confidence.

+ High and low volume option available for different paddler weights


high-volume Typhoon

Designed for the heavier paddler, this model has increased rocker to allow good rudder response. Suitible for paddlers weighing between 80 and 100kg. Other specifications remain the same.

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Pricelist & ordering

Construction options

Kirton boats are built by hand so we can make any boat in any construction - the choice is yours. We have have no frills options for the budget-conscious, alongside elite light-weight constructions for top-ranking professionals that need the best. Of course, there are many options in-between too, to suit every pocket and every need. We can make the boat stiff for sprint racing, or more flexible so it'll withstand the rigors of marathon and recreational use. Whatever your needs we can make the perfect boat for you. Click to see our construction list. Also check out our leg measurement chart, to guarantee a perfect fit.

Customisation options

We specialise in making boats that are perfect for you and your paddling style. Here's a selection of popular customisation options and accessories that you can request when ordering your Kirton boat. Click for details of contact us for more information.


Identifying your model

To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to tell which version of the Typhoon you own (the high volume or low volume), especially if you are not the original owner. This simple measurement will help. Take a flexible cloth tape measure and measure the circumference of the boat directly in front of the cockpit. The low volume will measure 36in, and the high volume will measure approximately 39in.