Rockpool Kayaks

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Rockpool Kayaks is a small sea kayak manufacturing company based in Holyhead, Anglesey[citation needed]. The company was originally created by Mike Webb and Aled Williams. They then separated so Aled could create his own company (Tiderace).[citation needed] The boats were designed and developed inhouse by Rockpool Kayaks. The production range currently consists of six sea kayaks:

  • The ALAW
  • The ALAW Bach
  • The Menai 18
  • The ISEL
  • The G.T.
  • The Taran

Rockpool Kayaks are well known for their bespoke custom deck finish using coloured metallic glitter designs and fades.[citation needed] The Rockpool logo is the starfish. The logo has been represented in many different colours and sizes as part of numerous deck artwork designs.[citation needed] Designs have also incorporated Thor's hammer, Welsh dragons, bear pawprints and sea horses.[citation needed]


When Rockpool began the design for the Alaw, the initial concept was to create a responsive and stable boat that achieved optimal comfort through an improved paddling position. This was brought about by creating a raked front deck allowing the paddler to sit with a raised knee position similar to those seen in racing kayak designs.[citation needed] The Alaw also saw the introduction of an adjustable platform footrest and moveable seat to allow for comfort and boat trim. All Rockpool kayaks are factory mounted with this system.[citation needed]

The Alaw Bach is a derivative of the Alaw, based upon the Alaw hull but using a more conventional, less raked front deck.

The Menai 18 is a larger boat, designed as a stable load-carrying platform for multi-day expeditions.

The Isel is a sleek design that continues the flowing lines of the Rockpool range as a responsive and comfortable boat for the smaller paddler.

The G.T. is a mid-sized kayak that is aimed to straddle the line between a large day boat and an all out expedition boat.

The Taran was designed to paddle longer distances at a relatively high speed. It has an uncommon bow shape and a very thin and long line.

Rockpool Kayaks have also designed two intermediate level kayak Wild Water Racers:

  • The Spark
  • The Demon

This development programme has produced two fast boats.[citation needed]


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