Kayak Centre’s Velox range
River Racing K1 Kayaks

The choice of champions: The Velox Assault (K1 Kayak) was first seen in Australia at 2010 Avon Descent where two entered, paddled by Hank McGregor and Kevin White in to first and second place.

 
Hank McGregor
Hank McGregor – wins the 2010 Avon Descent
 

Velox, is a Latin word meaning "swift" or "rapid" and the Velox Assault lived up to the word definition where once again proved its racing pedigree in the 2010 Avon Descent. However the Assault has been designed for the elite heavier paddler over 75Kg. Kayak Centre have developed a range of four performance river racing k1 kayaks that will meet the racing requirements of all sizes of paddlers from the intermediate to elite level.

 

The Velox range consists of:

Name Paddler Weight Comments Paddler Ability Seam Color Photo
Assult  
>75kg
  Fast / Unstable   Elite   Black   Velox Range
                     
Assassin  
>75kg
  Quick / Stable   Intermediate   Blue   Velox Range
                     
Attack  
<75kg
  Fast / Unstable   Elite   Red   Velox Range
                     
Sniper  
<75kg
  Quick / Stable   Intermediate   Green   Velox Range
 

Kayak Centre produce the Velox range in various composite materials with weights between 10-13Kg depending of the lay-up. Paddlers can choose between off the shelf models to individually customised kayaks.

 
Velox Assault
 

In tests the flat water characteristics of Velox Assault and Epic Legacy are similar in feel as they have good volume in the length of the hull and a fair amount of rocker. However the Velox is K1 Kayak purpose designed for river racing. When paddling on the river the differences in the kayaks start to be felt. The river credentials of the Velox are immediately obvious is the design – the racked back nose contrasts the sprint type nose of the Legacy. Furthermore the Velox has a much stronger cockpit configuration than the sprint cockpit design of Legacy. The focus on the developing a fast river racing kayak continues to the design of the Velox tail where the deck has been shaped to protect the rudder and cable so it does not hook in the trees as well as a change in rocker to promote better tracking in changing water conditions found in river racing. When designing the Velox range, Kayak Centre used their vast experience in designing river boats taking into account the best points of all their previous designs to come up with the ultimate river racing k1 kayak range.

   
Kevin White in Avon Descent  
The smaller paddler, less than 75Kg the kayak of choice would be the Sniper or Attack. Both of these still have sufficient volume so they feel buoyant through grade 2 and 3 rapids.  

The flat water speeds of Velox Assault and Attack are similar to Legacy. However the speeds of the Assassin and Sniper are slightly slowly but this is the trade-off for the extra stability. On flat water in a maximum speed test, Hank McGregor tested the Legacy against the Velox range. He clocked 17kmh in the Legacy and Velox Attack with the more stable Assassin being 0.3 km/h slower. Hank said “in river kayak racing the speed difference will be not be noticed as you only race at 12 to 13 km/h.”

     
After winning the Avon Descent said “My choice of boat this year for the Avon Descent was the Velox Assault. The kayak was made for a demanding river and the Avon was ever so much that. The conditions were the lowest in 38 years. My boat was fully Kevlar and bullet proof.”
 

Hank McGregor’s Pros and Cons of the Velox Assault K1 Kayak:

Pros:

  • It’s a kayak that turns incredibly sharp which was needed in the low water to find the channels.
  • The Velox Assaults has a very forgiving hull with hardly any flat sections and in low rapids it made it easy to slide over the shallow rocks.
  • The deck design with its cut-a-ways for your paddling made it easy to get your paddle in close to your boat and helps with vertical stroke.
  • The kayak cockpit is very strong and lets in hardly any water and I was able to race without using a spray deck.
  • The deck has enough room inside that any running shoe fits easily.
  • The nose is shaped to allow you to ramp rocks without losing any forward momentum.
  • The Velox Assault rides a kayaks wave with ease and is easy to control.
  • The Velox Assault is a very fast and stable kayak and reaches it optimal racing speed at ease.

Cons:

  • The Assault has none.

 “Overall it’s the by far the best river K1 kayak I have ever paddled and recommend it to any keen paddler for their next race.”