Valley Sea Kayaks of Nottingham England is home to one of the largest and most respected ranges of sea kayaks in the world. In an industry where many are quick to claim unsubstantiated “firsts”, Valley can legitimately claim that they were there at the start of the modern incarnation of the sea kayak. The first true sea kayak by Valley, the Anas Acuta, was developed in 1971 and is still in production today. Through the years, a love and respect for the sea has dictated everything that the company has done. Their designs have evolved with the sport, leading to kayaks like the Nordkapp, the first kayak designed specifically for a major expedition and the Skerray, the first true sea kayak molded in polyethylene. The focus at Valley has not been limited to the performance of the Valley hulls. They have sought ways to make the sport safer and more enjoyable, developing features such as watertight rubber hatches, retractable skegs, safety end toggles and recessed deck fittings.
Thirty-five years later, Valley refuses to rest on their laurels. Since a change of ownership in 2006 they have continued to develop, test & manufacture the most cutting edge hull designs in the market, with major tweaks to the iconic Nordkapp, and the development of the their new LV range among some significant design achievements. We now have the new Etain, a boat tested & developed by a throng of Europe's top rough water paddlers over the past 18 months prior to release, opening new chapter in the Valley story.

Nordkapp Forti

2015 is the 40th launch anniversary of undoubtedly the most influential sea kayak ever produced, the Nordkapp! Designed specifically for a 500 mile sea kayak expedition up the Norwegian coast, to the northern most point of Scandinavia, the Nordkapp marked the beginning of sea kayaks being designed specifically for extended recreational sea kayak trips.
Whilst, in these intervening years, the Nordkapp cemented its reputation as the benchmark “Expedition” sea-kayak, there were still some who believed it had, had its day. For the kayak’s 25th anniversary it went through a major face lift, in part this was to make it more user friendly, as it had gained a reputation for being unstable, especially with lighter paddlers or those paddling predominantly unladen. This Nordkapp Jubilee, as it was called, again proved very popular but some traditionalists felt that it had lost some of the originals soul. The release of the LV, some years later, gave back the liveliness those traditionalists felt they were missing but there were still those who missed something intangible, about the original.
In these past few years, whilst archiving some of Valley’s history and recording the evolution of its range, we were able to systematically look at the chronological development of the Nordkapp model. What came to light was quite revealing and has ultimately led us to produce this new 40th anniversary version!

Valley Nordkapp Forti

Length 548cm

Width 53cm

Capacity Approx. 380l

Paddler Weight 75-105kg

$4390 (GRP Layup)

Nordkapp

The original British sea kayak in name only, now re-worked so subtly & decisively as to be almost an entirely different craft to that piloted around the various remote headlands of the world throughout the 1970's & 80's. Not a huge load carrying expedition boat, but as with it's low volume sibling a paddlers boat in every respect. For coastal expeditioning & touring the Nordkapp is a joyful sports car of a kayak, a demanding mistress for those with a lower skill base, but the rewards are in the paddling. You can read Rob's article on 5 years paddling the Nordkapp HERE.

Valley Nordkapp

Length 548cm

Width 53cm

Capacity Approx. 380l

Paddler Weight 75-105kg

$4190 (GRP Layup)

$4790 (Carbon Kevlar Layup)

Nordkapp LV

Simply, and still to this day despite a plethora of boat designs washing through our range over the years, the most complete sea kayak we've ever paddled. The Nordkapp LV is quick, elegant, gets better and more predictable as the sea state goes the other way and runs true & effortless down sea. We could rattle on about it here, the simple fact is you should try one out one day if you get the chance.

Valley Nordkapp LV

Length 533cm

Width 53cm

Capacity Approx. 350l

Paddler Weight 65-90kg

$4190 (GRP Layup)

Etain 17'5

A successful combination of the sympathetic secondary stability of the old Valley Aquanaut, combined with a harder tracking hull typical of many Swede form kayaks. The Etain series were designed to flatter, encouraging paddlers out onto the ocean in a kayak that will look after them, while still inherently being fast enough to make them a genuine expedition boat. The Etain boats all carry gear well, their performance isn't hugely influenced by a decent expedition load.

Valley Etain 17'5

Length 531cm

Width 54cm

Capacity Approx. 370l

Paddler Weight 70-100kg

$4190 (GRP Layup)

$4790 (Carbon Kevlar Layup)

 

Etain 17'7

The design shift that Valley have been developing for some time, introducing a kayak design with all of Valley's peerless build quality & rough water handling, designed as a sympathetic performance tourer for bigger paddlers as a day/expedition boat or a full sized expedition kayak for smaller paddlers.

Valley Etain 17'7

Length 536cm

Width 54.5cm

Capacity Approx. 390l

Paddler Weight 90-120kg

$4390 (GRP Layup)

 

Etain 17'3

The scaled down Etain for paddlers in the 50kg - 75kg range.

Valley Etain 17'3

Length 525cm

Width 53.5cm

Capacity Approx. 310l

Paddler Weight 45-75kg

$4390 (GRP Layup)

Avocet LV

A pint sized sea kayak which has been entirely down-sized to accommodate a smaller paddler, and thus allow the full performance characteristics of a normal sized boat. The only genuine all-round boat we've seen for paddlers in the sub-65kg weight range, who want a performance boat for rough water.

Valley Avocet LV

Length 485cm

Width 52cm

Capacity Approx. 290l

Paddler Weight 45-65kg

$4190 (GRP Layup) - Note only 2 remaining in production.

Gemini SP RM

A game changer in many respects, short enough to fit into the standard car spot available in a block of units, fast enough to foot it on a club trip which clips along at 6-7kmh, and a ball-tearer in the surf (see our video of the Gemini in action HERE). Although designed with the surf in mind, a clever hull shape with more V than you'd normally associate with a play boat gives the boat solid tracking characteristics, and also a surprising turn of speed. If you measure a sea kayak by the ease with which it holds a cruising speed of 6-7kmh, then the Gemini loses nothing for being shorter than the traditional sea kayaks we have come to know.

Valley Gemini SP RM

Length 452cm

Width 56cm

Capacity Approx. 310l

Paddler Weight 65-110kg

$2295

Etain 17'5 RM

A successful combination of the sympathetic secondary stability of the old Valley Aquanaut, combined with a harder tracking hull typical of many Swede form kayaks. The Etain series were designed to flatter, encouraging paddlers out onto the ocean in a kayak that will look after them, while still inherently being fast enough to make them a genuine expedition boat. The Etain boats all carry gear well, their performance isn't hugely influenced by a decent expedition load.

Valley Etain 17'5 RM

Length 531cm

Width 54cm

Capacity Approx. 370l

Paddler Weight 70-100kg

$2395

Nordkapp RM

The original British sea kayak in name only, now re-worked so subtly & decisively as to be almost an entirely different craft to that piloted around the various remote headlands of the world throughout the 1970's & 80's. Not a huge load carrying expedition boat, but as with it's low volume sibling a paddlers boat in every respect. For coastal expeditioning & touring the Nordkapp is a joyful sports car of a kayak, a demanding mistress for those with a lower skill base, but the rewards are in the paddling.

Valley Nordkapp RM

Length 500cm

Width 50cm

Capacity Approx. 310l

Paddler Weight 55-80kg

$2595