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  • September 1, 2015 - New A La Carte Pricing
  • August 31, 2015 - Storm Rider S-M Kayak
  • May 24, 2015 - NEW! Adjustable Cinching Bulkhead
  • October 13, 2014 - Production Begins for the Storm Rider L-XL Kayak
  • September 8, 2014 - Like Our Facebook Page
  • August 14, 2014 - In Stock/Specials Page
  • June 1, 2014 - Production Begins for the New Storm Chaser S-M
  • March 13, 2014 - Read the Storm Chaser Review on cboats.net
  • December 20, 2013 - Storm Chaser C-1 vs Converted Kayaks
  • May 15, 2013 - Dedicated to C-Boating in North America and Beyond
  • May 2, 2013 - Innovation in Recreational Whitewater Technology
  • May 1, 2013 - Open for Business - Welcome to River Elf!
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    09/01/2015

    New A La Carte Pricing

    We have recently updated our pricing structure to a simpler a la carte menu. Each boat design now has it's own price list and outfitting selection guide. You can order your boat unoutfitted, add outfitting parts that you install yourself, or have us do some or all of the outfitting for you. See our boat order page for more information.

    The prices ranges now shown on our website may look a little different too. These price ranges reflect the difference between ordering a boat that is empty and unoutfitted vs having a boat that is ready to hit the water upon arrival.

    In general, our prices have remained unchanged except for the following: our basic layup boat is a little more expensive now (but comes standard with a carbon shock absorber), we charge an additional price for overspray designs and third color seams, and we have added a small charge to cover packaging material for shipping.

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    08/31/2015

    Storm Rider S-M Kayak

    We are pleased to announce that the S-M version of our Storm Rider K-1 is now available.

    The S-M Storm Rider was designed for average and lighter weight paddlers seeking a high performance whitewater experience. This smaller boat differs from the previously released L-XL version of the Storm Rider by incorporating a narrower hull, shallower depth and a slightly redesigned stern deck. The result of these modifications is a sportier boat with unrivaled acceleration, amazing handling and lightning fast surface spins that will leave you wondering why you haven't paddled composites before.

    The Storm Rider S-M is also available with our super light weight outfitting system designed with all of the advantages of composite kayaks in mind.

    Now offered in two different widths and eight different cuts, the Storm Rider K-1 can accommodate a very wide range of paddler sizes and paddling styles.

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    05/24/2015

    NEW! Adjustable Cinching Bulkhead

    At the heart of our standard K-1 outfitting system is our NEW patent pending Adjustable Cinching Bulkhead. Designed with composite kayaks in mind, our ACB foot rest assembly offers bulkhead functionality and adjustability in a very light weight package. Foot rest systems designed for plastic kayaks typically employ metal rails screwed into the side of the hull to support the bulkhead. Our system uses flexible webbing and a floating bulkhead to accomplish the same task.

    Using flexible straps as the support mechanism allows the bulkhead to be adjusted “on the fly” while remaining seated in the boat. Imagine being able to pop your skirt, reach into your boat and loosen the tension on your foot rest to stretch your legs during a flat water section between rapids. The bulkhead snaps backwards into the boat when the straps loosen. When the next rapid approaches, pull the straps (cinching your bulkhead back tight into place) and secure your skirt back to the rim. Voila, you’re ready to go again - all of this without ever having to exit the boat!!

    If someone wants to try your boat, it’s easy for them to hop in and adjust the bulkhead to their leg length – creating an immediate custom fit without ever having to fool with tools or disassembly.Our ACB system also has the added benefit of utilizing a full size minicell pillar in the bow for maximum support of the deck and hull.

    Our Adjustable Cinching Bulkhead system is now available as an option on our Storm Rider K-1 and comes fully installed upon delivery.

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    10/13/2014

    Production Begins for the Storm Rider L-XL Kayak

    River Elf is pleased to announce the release of our first kayak, the Storm Rider L-XL! The Storm Rider K-1 is the sister ship to our popular Storm Chaser C-1 featuring a smooth rounded hull with a continuous rocker profile. The unoutfitted version is now available for sale through our website. Contact us for details!

    Click here to learn more about the Storm Rider K-1!

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    09/08/2014

    Like Our Facebook Page

    We are now on Facebook. Click here to like our page and follow us for timely news and information.

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    08/14/2014

    In Stock/Specials Page

    Introducing our new in stock/specials page where you can find brand new, ready-to-ship boats and discounted prices on special items.

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    06/01/2014

    Production Begins for the New Storm Chaser S-M

    After a few months delay, the narrow version of the Storm Chaser is now available. We removed 3/4" from the wider version, shrunk the cockpit slightly, lengthened the stern deck and flattened the bow hull a bit. The result is a faster boat than the L-XL version with only a slight decrease in stability. The River Elf Storm Chaser is now available in two different widths and eight different cuts that can accommodate a very wide range of paddler sizes and paddling styles.

    Click here to learn more about the new boat.

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    03/13/2014

    Read the Storm Chaser Review on Cboats.net

    Click on the link below to read the review on cboats.net for the River Elf Storm Chaser C-1:

    storm chaser review on cboats.net

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    12/20/2013

    Storm Chaser C-1 vs Converted Kayaks

    What makes the Storm Chaser a better choice than paddling a converted kayak?

    Kayak hulls are designed to optimize the advantages of kayaking not canoeing. Whether or not a plastic kayak will convert "adequately well" to a C-1 is purely by accident and of little concern to modern plastic kayak manufacturers. At River Elf, we understand there is a difference and design for the unique requirements of c-boating.

    Kayak hulls facilitate greater downstream speed by taking advantage of a kayaker's lower center of gravity and utilizing narrower hulls. C-1's have a higher center of gravity and thus require a wider boat to create similar stability in whitewater. The Storm Chaser is offered in two generous and forgiving hull widths of 27 and 27.75 inches.

    Furthermore, the point of rotation in a kayak is usually somewhere between the seat and the outstretched legs of the paddler and as such the widest point of most kayak hulls is located in the center of the boat along the long axis. This position is not ideal for a C-1.

    Unlike a converted kayak hull, the widest point of the Storm Chaser is located just behind the cockpit. This position allows for a very stable platform when boofing and executing spins off the stern. You can confidently lean back to loosen the bow and the Storm Chaser will spin with incredible ease. As a further advantage, locating the maximum width behind the cockpit creates a longer bow chine compared to what is possible in a converted kayak. This makes the Storm Chaser track and maintain glide better than a similar length kayak to C-1 conversion.

    When it comes to acceleration, there’s simply no contest. Plastic kayak to C-1 conversions are just down right sluggish! The Storm Chaser, on the other hand, gets up to speed from a dead stop quickly and with very little effort. Furthermore, when it looks like you are about to get in a jam, one stroke and the Storm Chaser quickly propels you out of harms way.

    Finally, C-boaters will love the low profile bow deck when crossing to the offside and the smaller circular cockpit - yeah, you'll need a C-1 skirt for this boat but hey that's a plus - no more squeezing your knees up under the front of a narrow kayak cockpit.

    The Storm Chaser is super easy to paddle, nimble and responds with amazing predictability. Come take a test drive and you'll see that the Storm Chaser paddles like a C-1 should - because it is a C-1. You won't ever want to get in a converted plastic kayak again!

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    05/15/2013

    Dedicated to C-Boating in North America and Beyond

    For a decade or more, the needs of c-boaters have been largely ignored by the major kayak companies. In years past, a beginner could go to their local outfitter and actually try out a real C-1 and even choose between several different models offered by various manufacturers. Today, this is not the case.

    Instead, the art of C-1 has been relegated to some sort of backwoods franken-boating. Single-bladers have been forced to make do with retrofitting plastic kayak hulls into ill-suited craft that seem more like an odd fringe activity than a proper class unto themselves. One would almost think that this era was the "beginning" of c-boating as a sport. It's a shame.

    That's why at River Elf, we have designed the first modern recreational C-1 in more than 15 years. A real C-1 designed by c-boaters with a modern flair. Our Storm Chaser C-1 creek boat combines the peculiar design requirements of a C-1 with modern hull concepts. We feel confident that you will fall in love with the predictable handling and unique features of our new boat. The Storm Chaser paddles like a C-1 should, and modern generation kayak-to-c-boat converters will finally see what they've been missing out on. This is just the beginning. At River Elf we understand the sheer pleasure of paddling a C-1 and are calling for a c-boat renaissance. Come join us!

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    05/02/2013

    Innovation in Recreational Whitewater Technology

    Once you paddle a composite boat on a regular basis, it's difficult to ever go back to plastic.

    Composite boats generally weigh 50% less than an equivalent sized polyethylene boat. They accelerate faster, and respond much quicker and easier to your every stroke on the river. There's just no comparison. And as you trek back to your car at the end of a fun day, you'll be smiling when you throw your 24 lb boat over your shoulder while your buddies are left doing the 50 lb grab-loop-grip-and-drag.

    We at River Elf decided a long time ago that we can't go back. We simply refuse to paddle plastic boats.

    Our boats are solid kevlar and epoxy construction reinforced in all the right places and triple seamed. In addition, we selectively utilize carbon fiber, s-glass, and hybrid fabrics to fine tune the properties of our decks and hulls and engineer for the right combination of stiffness and "give" to create a very lightweight, highly responsive yet super tough boat!

    But we aren't stopping there. We believe that the future of recreational kayaking and c-boating is in composites and we are out to prove it by constantly experimenting to innovate better engineered boats.

    Come join us on the cutting edge of recreational whitewater technology!

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    05/01/2013

    Open For Business - Welcome to River Elf!

    River Elf is a family owned whitewater luthier company dedicated to bringing you unique and well thought out boats and accessories. Every product we sell is designed and handcrafted in the USA. We sell directly to the customer to offer you high quality innovative products at reasonable cost.

    We are glad you are here!

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