Overzicht oude modellen.



K1 - Racing kayak

K2 - Racing kayak


LIMFJORDEN (1948-1959)

ILAREN II (1948)


ARROW (1956)

ACCORD (1956)



ATTACA (1957)


ATTACK 65-75-85   (1958)

SISU (1958)






SHARKIE (1959)


SHARK (1960)

RIBELLE (1960-1967)


RAPIDO (1960)



FIGHTER (1960)



POINTER 65-75 (1961-1968)



HUNTER (1965-1968)

GLIDER (1965)


LANCER (1969)



RANGER (1970)




MAKKER (1976)



PACER (1978)


TIGER (1980)



X-LANCER (1983)




REGINA (1985)





JOKER (1987)



ESPADA (????)




REGIUS (1994)



VENTO (1995)







SHARK (1960)


Paddler: 50 – 90kg
Designe Jørgen Samson

”SHARK” is the one of our K1 models; witch has required the most preliminary work with calculations and practical experiments with different model boats. The aim was to find out how much the lifting effect, known from speedboats and certain sailboats, can be used by a kayak. “SHARK´s” moderate glide shape contains the sum of the experience we made.

The great carrying capacity in the aft body is characteristic for “SHARK”. The bottom lines are elegantly drawn downwards underneath the carrying part, witch stretch all the way till the lower edge of the stern. It provides the boat with an exceptionally easy glide in a spurt, and the experience shows that the paddlers with a smooth style, and not to slow cadence, get better results in “SHARK” than in any other kayaks.

The carrying capacity suite paddlers up till past 85 kg, but “SHARK” is so narrow by the lower part of the bottom that it also suite very light paddlers.

Unlike “FIGHTER”, “SHARK” has convex lines all over, and will therefore fulfil the upcoming rules of measuring. That’s the reason why the freedom of movements can not be at the same level, as in “FIGHTER”, but “SHARK” is nearly as narrow by the gunwale where the paddle is put in the water, and more narrow behind the cockpit, where it is taken up again. If the paddle is pulled correctly, in a straight line along the boat, there will be plenty of space between the handle and the gunwale amidships.

“SHARK” is designed to make the best possible use of the glide effect, at high speed. How much the constructor could achieve in that matter, was determined in the earlier mentioned experiments. Without any compromise the bottom has got the shape and the exact slenderness, witch provides it with the greatest speed. The under water hull has a semicircular cross section, witch fade into a more sharp shape towards the stern. This design has a sufficient lifting effect, less wave making and less wedded surface.

As mentioned earlier the for- and aft body is made narrow above the waterline, considering the freedom of moving for the paddle. On the other hand the freeboards are quit high at the stem and stern, where we also have given up the concave cross section. Because of this, “SHARK” moves still with a minimum loss of speed, even in rough weather, and when it comes to stability, “SHARK” is absolutely as good as “FIGHTER”.



POINTER 65 - 75

POINTER 65 - 75 (1961 - 1968)


Paddler: 50 – 75 and 75 – 90
Designe Jørgen Samson

The ”POINTER 65” has got its widest spot as far aft as possible, without affecting the bottom. It is a characteristic boat which caused very different reactions by the appearance last year. During the season the victories rapidly increased and towards the end it won several medals in Essen. 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals was won in a “POINTER”.

By the information’s we received from paddlers all over the world, it emerges that the “POINTER” is preferred not only because of its good freedom of movements. Also its precisely steering, has perfect glide through the water and – most important – its unsurpassed fastness is constantly pointed out.

The bottom of the “POINTER” has called upon admiration by paddlers as well as a naval architect. This boat follows the increase of the paddlers’ performance, because it is constructed for the incredible speed, which is achieved at the meetings now a day.

The “POINTER” is the fastest kayak for paddlers up till 70 kg, and therefore we have attached “65” to its name. If the weight passes 75 kg, the “POINTER 65” will sink to deep to keep the wedge shape above the waterline. Therefore we have produced a kayak with at bigger carrying capacity, especially in the lower part of the bottom.

Width a load of 80 kg, the width in the waterline will be 39 cm in “POINTER 75”, but it will be 40,5 cm in “POINTER 65”. By 75 kg the width will be the same in both models, but for paddlers’ les than that, the “POINTER 65” will be the narrowest at the waterline.

The reason why so many of the best paddlers has chosen the “POINTER”, is simply because that everything in this boat is better than before, it definitely goes for the quality of the workmanship as well.




HUNTER (1965 - 1968)


Paddler: 50 - 82 kg
Designe Jørgen Samson

In kayak racing tow models have got a very strong reputation, namely the K1 ”HUNTER” and the K2 ”GLIDER”. In the European championships 1967 they were very near to be the only models used by the competitors. These kayaks are also impressive on account of there appearance and in the following we shall explain the background for there special shape.

Both kayaks have a very narrow fore body with “the measured beam” – excuse the expression – located far abaft the middle. Whether we find this shape pretty or ugly it is necessary. Could you perhaps do without the maximum of freedom which is necessary in making the paddle-work really efficient?

Do you remember the “FIGHTER”. Fritz Briel who weighs 15 stones (95 kilos) won several races in this boat. Slim girls of 8½ stones (55 kilos) also brought championships home in this boat. It raised somewhat, but not too much, in the strokes, was quite stable, reliable in sea and unsurpassed in speed. It was prohibited in 1963. Even after the concave prohibition it is easy enough to make the kayaks narrow in the bottom, but it is difficult with the same WL-beam to obtain the same displacement as before. This is partly due to the narrow fore body partly to the fact that parts of the V-shape from the hull above WL of the aft body comes under water. The result becomes a larger wetted area and consequently an increased frictional resistance.

With the “HUNTER” Jørgen Samson has drawn a convex kayak whose wetted surface is 11/3 sq. inch (12 cm2) smaller than that of the concave “FIGHTER” and the smallest until now. The lines of the two boats are identical. You cannot see any difference, and the boats move equally through the water. “HUNTER” is, however, somewhat narrower, as this boat is only supposed to cover loads up till 187 lbs. (85 kilos).

The well-known lines are calculated with new methods to make the form 100 % even, and 30 years of experience with kayaks tell us that with the “HUNTER” we have build the best and fastest single kayak.

It was necessary to make “HUNTER” about an inch higher at its widest point than normally to prevent that any part of the projecting freeboards comes under the water-line. The gunwale which already in the “POINTER” had a reverse sheer line must in the “HUNTER” be even more angular – in the same way as a C1.

Jørgen Samson has never concealed that he did not like this little maritime shape which – as expected – followed the changes in the rules of measurement in 1963. Therefore he introduced in “HUNTER” and “GLIDER” a new deck-shape which counterbalances the reverse sheer line, and at the same time he took the opportunity to revise the traditional V-shaped deck.

The deck has always given the kayaks their typical silhouette: high at the cockpit and low at the ends. Is this form appropriate? The modern kayaks are widest aft and consequently the V-shaped deck becomes highest in the aft body which beforehand is high on account of the “width of measurement”. Here we find the reason why we have to use the rudder vigorously in a side wind: The high aft body turns the boat against the wind.

“HUNTER” is much lower than other kayaks and the wind drift is reduced by at least 10 %. In the middle the deck is flat, but it gradually passes into a more rounded shape which becomes higher and steeper towards the ends. This results in a very beautiful and harmonic contour, which is so well calculated that the boat can keep its course in a side wind, without any use of the rudder, and accordingly without loss in speed.

In sea or just in the wake from a competitor’s kayak the usual deck has always been inclined to slow down speed. As the deck becomes lower and lower towards the stem its plane flats will point slantingly down and therefore cut the fore body deeper down in the waves. The sharp gunwale edges do not make things better and if the bow is low at the same time the risk of losing speed is often great.

“HUNTER`s” deck does not lose height towards the stem and it is shaped so that it merges into the bottom without any gunwale edge. Thereby the fore body increase its buoyancy and the smooth shape works softly in the sea without any tendency of cutting down.

After the long narrow fore body had been accepted all over it was discovered that it has not only advantages but also disadvantages. It is easy to understand that the buoyancy was not too good and in order not to make the boats too narrow under the water-line they got vertical sides in the fore body. Further abaft the sides were made much tilted to obtain “the measured beam”. Such a tremendous change of the shape of the sections is not very fortunate for the water resistance and furthermore it makes the boat extremely sensitive towards changes in the load.

Now one should think that the narrow fore body at any rate had to be favourable to the wave resistance, but many canoeists had a feeling that the boat was not lively enough, they almost got stuck in the water. In short they did the opposite of planing.

A fore body with flat vertical freeboards forms a bow-wave which is inclined to slide high along the sides of the boat. This results in an increased frictional resistance and is felt like certain unwillingness on top-speed. Curved freeboards are better fit to divert the bow wave so that it does not stick along the sides. The shape which is applied in the “HUNTER” gives back the fore body the missing buoyancy and thereby contributes to a correct distribution of the total displacement.

If you look at “HUNTER`s” bottom you will feel no doubts that it is narrow, the WL-beam is about one inch (2 cm) smaller than that of the “FIGHTER” and the “POINTER”. The “HUNTER” does not draw deeper in the water and this is due to an incredible concentration in buoyancy within the given measures.

As in the “FIGHTER” the sectional form changes only little in the whole bottom of the “HUNTER”. The buoyancy increases rapidly upwards all over in the hull, which gives two good qualities: A completely acceptable stability and universality as regards the loading. “HUNTER” gives the highest speed possible to all canoeists between 79 and 134 stones (50 and 85 kilos).

“HUNTER” has the width which is necessary in order that the canoeist can sit in it, neither less nor more. Freedom for movement cannot be any greater. The sides of the cockpit are equal to the sides of the hull so there is no bothering gunwale-edge. The cover is fastened behind the wave guard, hereby the closing becomes waterproof even with considerable waves, and the spray-cover is easily pulled off in the event of capsizing.

The rudder is placed neat the stern. It has been made deeper and consequently more efficient so that less than one sq. inch of wetted surface can be saved. The hatch-cover has been replaced by a nylon bush. At request the boat can also be delivered with the rudder wheel free above the deck.

The seat adjustment is now made on a fine-toothed nylon band. The system is very solid and far more precise than the previous one.




GLIDER (1965) K2


Paddler: 100 - 180 kg

Designer: Jørgen Samson

K2 ”GLIDER” is a design without a preceding stage within its own class. That stage has simply been skipped and the new model does not look like “RIBELLE” at all. Especially the difference between the hulls above water of the tow boats is conspicuous. “RIBELLE” is widest in the middle while ”GLIDER” is widest somewhat abaft of the rear cockpit. The difference is felt even more than it is seen because it means enormously much to freedom of movement. In ”GLIDER” the rear paddler has a freedom as if he was sitting in a ”RAPIDO” while the paddler in front has the same space as in a ”HUNTER” – he cannot ask for a narrower boat if he is to sit in it.


”GLIDER” is just as distinguishably round-bottomed as ”HUNTER”. Every possibility which can reduce the wetted surface has been taken into consideration. Especially Jørgen Samson`s experience from construction of rowing sculls has been of importance. If you turn a ”GLIDER” upside down you must look carefully to find the measuring beam. There is no trace at all of it below the water line. This was more then you could hope for, because the beam had to be moved so far astern because of the tow cockpits which are even situated so far apart.


Even if proportions like length/beam and beam/draft differ in the doublekayak you will recognize “HUNTER`s” principle in ”GLIDER`s” pretty smooth bottom: The greatest possible displacement within the narrowest possible form. Details as deck, cross sections, cockpit and rudder are covered completely by the preceding description of “HUNTER”.


”GLIDER” can carry up to 400 lbs. ( 180 kg ).




LANCER (1969)


Paddler: 80 – 100 kg
Designe Jørgen Samson

In our efforts to improve the quality and durability of our kayaks we have at New Year started to use a new compression plant. This enables us to adjust pressure and heat exactly as we want it.

It has proved necessary to make new moulds for our kayaks as the ones previously used were not solid enough. Jørgen Samson was given the task of delivering the drawings and several months´ careful contractual work has until now resulted in an improved K-1 model “LANCER”.

Probably, only special experts might be able to see what is new about the shape of our kayaks. However, the paddler will no doubt feel a difference when paddling as the new model goes unusually plainly and quietly through the water. This is due to an increase of the carrying capacity over the water line, especially in the fore and the aft body.

This sounds simple but it must be considered that the width at the gunwale should not be increased by one millimetre where the paddle is drawn. Neither the width at the waterline should be touched; it is firm now after many years´ experiments. Only the round freeboard which the designer has introduced could give the great buoyancy wanted between the waterline and the gunwale. Even within these narrow limits there are many possibilities for the shape, but four years´ experiences with the round cross section shows the way to improvements.

In the coming time we will again and again be asked if the new model is faster than the previous one. Theory and calculations do not put us in a position to reply “yes” to this. The wave resistance is unchanged and the wetted area is only reduced by about 30 cm2 (like one fourth of a rudder’s surface). This small size is an average of several measuring and of no importance for the speed.

The advantage of the new model is as mentioned that they are more quiet in the water under the paddle strokes. In this way there is a possibility of obtaining a small saving in the water resistance (around ½ %). To this must be added that the new boats do not weaken the concentration of the paddler in a keen spurt, they keep to themselves irrespective of the paddling style.

Furthermore, the K-1 “LANCER” has an improved carrying capacity and seaworthiness. The initial stability is similar to the one of the previous model whereas the final stability is somewhat better.

We should be pleased to show you what our new plant can produce. You will agree with us that so smooth and beautiful kayaks have never been seen.




RANGER (1970)


Paddler: 60 - 80 kg
Designe Jørgen Samson

The ”RANGER” is a very low kayak, constructed for the international meetings that, in consideration of the open canoes, are always arranged at protected stadiums. The sides of the cockpit are also low allowing any style of paddling in this sprinter kayak.

Besides many years of experience, a lot of exact knowledge has been incorporated in the “RANGER”. There have been numerous possibilities to study the wave-making pattern of the previous model, the “HUNTER”, being pushed to the limit by the best paddlers in the world.

The bow wave stretches all the way to the cockpit, and remains visible some distance behind it. Our constructor added these “speed-waterlines” into his drawings, and the new models have been influenced by it.

By placing the widest part of the kayak in the trough of the waves, it is possible to meet the required beam measure, while keeping the aft body low. Even though this gives the freeboard a flatter V-shape, the freeboard doesn’t make contact with the water, unless the boat is leaned over. In that case the stabilizing effect is markedly greater than normal.

There is a lot of buoyancy in the aft body just above the waterline, which support the kayak so effectively that it doesn’t jump or stagger, even during the hardest strokes. The tendency towards sideway movements (zigzag) has been eliminated, because the shape of the aft part sharpens markedly towards the
For many years we have tried to reduce the climb "up-hill”, when the stern sinks into the hollow created by the bow-wave. You'll properly agree that we have come the furthest with our last models. The fore body of the “RANGER” is a bit narrower than the “LANCER”, but the buoyancy is exactly the same, giving the ideal distribution of the displacement. Alongside, the lines are softly curved and there are no flat areas in the cross section. The “RANGER” is very narrow amidships and the bottom has a thinner cross section than the "LANCER". Both have a prismatic coefficient of 0,62.

The part right in front of the cockpit where the paddle hits the water, and where the bow-wave is highest, has long been the object of attention. In the “RANGER” the round cross section continues past this area.

The rocker in the bottom is decisive for the qualities of the kayak. It has to be accurate within millimetres, and is inspected in every one of our boats. Since we started using our new compression plant, we have not found any deviations.

The “RANGER” displays a new and elegant silhouette, which minimizes the influence of the wind. It has been constructed for paddlers within the 60-80 kg weight range. The "LANCER" is the recommended choice for heavier paddlers. Both boats are equally stable.





TIGER (1980)


Paddler: 60 – 80 kg
Designer: Jørgen Samson

The new ”TIGER” is the most beautiful kayak ever build. The shape is clean and simple and every line relates to speed. It can’t be done any better; this is Jørgen Samson’s masterpiece.

This is the canoeist’s impression of the “TIGER” as it got it’s début at the competitions around the world.

It is a fact that the shape looks simple, things always does when they reach perfection. The beautiful lines have been achieved by dogged work, as every possibility has been tried on the drawing board, in the test basin and during rowing. Not one millimetre can be changed anywhere, without reducing the speed. This is the reason why our competitors can’t do with an “improved” imitation.

Nothing less than “TIGER” will do.

With such a great preliminary work, the “TIGER” will not be surpassed in the years to come. The same circumstance goes for the “CLEAVER”, which is build for more heavy canoeists. The “TIGER” is made for paddlers between 60 and 80 kg, max. 85 kg.

The experienced coach avoids ”soft” kayaks, and some times you can see them knock gently at the bottom. A dull sound reveals that there is no tension in the hull and therefore the kayak can’t be used by the best paddlers. With the best possible wood for the purpose, Honduras-mahogany, forced to its highest tension, the “TIGER” can stand any criticism.

The “TIGER” make the best possible use of its length. The long waterline is substantial less curvy then at the other kayaks. It brings less disruption in the water. The narrow bottom cut its way incredibly smooth through the water, no matter if it’s calm or rough.

The new cockpit doesn’t allow water to squeeze inside by the cover. The cover is fastened behind the wave guard, easily to place and to pull off.

The new shape of the deck provides extra freedom of movement. The paddle strokes get more effective, when the paddle can be drawn close to the centerline of the kayak. The aft body is so low, that the “TIGER” itself, can keep the course even by cross wind. Even a gentle turn by the rudder results in loss of speed.

The “TIGER” has got a moderate rocker, it is steering well, even though the turning radius is slightly bigger than the “CLEAVER’S”. The “TIGER” has got the new spade rudder with great effect; small water resistance; an easy adjustable foot rest and a large hatch to the rudder, with waterproof hatch cover.

In the “TIGER”, the paddler feels hardly any loss of speed between the paddle-strokes, because of the low water resistance. It has a perfect glide and doesn’t require any special style.

Paddlers who have tried the “TIGER” are calling upon attention to the accelerating capacity. The willingness for sudden leap forward will infect the paddler. You can’t help spurting in a “TIGER”.

The “TIGER” is a ticklish racing kayak; build for the heights speed in a race. A lot of paddlers has experienced, that getting use to this new model isn’t difficult.





X-LANCER (1983)


Paddler: 65- 95 kg
DesignerJørgen Samson

The ”X” means extra speed. What “LANCER” means is known to every paddler in the world. It is a very good kayak; it has 35 years of practice experience and will not be discontinued. “Lancer” is in tough competition with “TIGER” and “CLEAVER”, but “LANCER” is doing well, as it has been provided with a new bottom. This third version of the “LANCER” has now been tested and adjusted and from the 1.1.1983 the K1 models of Struer are “TIGER”, “CLEAVER” and “X-LANCER”.

The fore body in “X-LANCER” has a more sharp shape under the waterline. Here the lines are nearly straight, while they are curved and more fully by the deck. Hereby the carrying capacity is rapidly increasing upwards the hull, which is characteristic for the “LANCER”. The advances are a suitable course of the bow wave and good qualities in rough water.
The oblique freeboard in the fore body is in beautiful harmony with the more oblique at the width spot of the kayak. The shape has therefore become smooth and naturally suitably for varies loads. For the sake of the paddle stroke the deck in front of the cockpit has been made as narrow as possible in “X-LANCER”

The aft body has got even more carrying capacity at the top, then the fore body. The “X-LANCER” really “got something to stand on” in a sprint. Anyway no one will claim that this kayak has a big aft body. The slip is as nice as it use to be in the “LANCER”; therefore the competitors miss a good wave.
Like our other models the “X-LANCER” is made with at low aft body to reduce the effect of side wind. If you don’t trim it brutally “on the nose”, it will run straight in side wind, without any use of the rudder. In rough water a kayak will run best, never mind the direction, if it is trimmed to lay deep aft. It goes for the “X-LANCER” as well.

Amidships the cross section is the same as in the old “LANCER”. The long and narrow fore body makes the new one more living. The stability has not changed and is remarkable greater than in the “TIGER” and the “CLEAVER”. “X-LANCER” surpasses these models in reliability, but not in speed. The difference in water resistance is too small to be measured with certainness. Decisive is how the kayak react to the paddle strokes. The personal preference matters, many paddlers wouldn’t do without the qualities of the well known “LANCER”. A paddler with a pitching style will get the best of it in a steady and course stabile kayak as “X-Lancer”.

All the “LANCER” models have the same weak rocker and the hull over the water line is roomy. It is essential for the smooth and straight glide.

The shape of the “X-LANCER” is 100 % stabile; it is tightened up in real Honduras mahogany, with a better finish than ever before. 5 layers of varnish have been used, the kayaks is therefore protected by a thick layer of urethane, which is smoother, stronger and harder than polyester.
“X-LANCER” is provided with the new and effective rudder, and the seat is easy to adjust, both lengthwise and the height.
The “X-LANCER” it to be trimmed like the “TIGER” and the “CLEAVER”: lying still in the water, you will see that the kayak is higher (10 – 15 mm) at the stem than at the stern.
“X-LANCER” is build for a wide spectrum of load, between ca. 65 – 95 kg.




JOKER (1987)


Paddler: 60 - 85 kg
Design: Jørgen Samson

Similar to previous programmes the latest Struer K1 programme presents two highly specialized racing kayak designs, accompanied by a more stabile and all-round model.

The all-round “X-LANCER” model was redesigned in 1986 to increase its stability, which could only be succeeded in making the hull above the waterline fuller. Studies of the wave formations answered the problem and showed exactly where to make the kayak wider without impairing speed. Jørgen Samson’s latest design, the K1 “JOKER”, is beautifully low at cockpit and rear deck, and is thusly insensitive to side winds. The “JOKER” acquires planing effect already at 16 km/h and the paddlers emphasize that the “JOKER” does not stall when “it is up” and the speed is not being reduced between strokes.

The new model has been carefully tested and adjusted. The first racing results have arrived and they are amazingly good. It is now possible to win a race in a stabile kayak, provided it being a “JOKER” designs.

The load capacity in connection with the “JOKER” is unusually high: 60 – 85 kgs.




Paddler: 80 -100 kg

Designer: Jørgen Samson

As of March 1987 the K1 ”CLEAVER” will be introduced as a new Jørgen Samson design, a result based on eight years of experience in said model. The K1 “CLEAVER” has the lowest water resistance ever measured in connection with a load capacity of 80 – 100 kgs.


The new “CLEAVER” has been improved in the following areas:


1. Increased directional stability, the kayak yaws less during paddle strokes due to the cross section being more pointed along the keel.

2. even lower wave formation is obtained though reduced curved waterlines at stem and stern. The bottom of this new model has thusly become 7 mm narrower where the bow wave occurs.

3. better support for the planing effect by means of fuller design at the top of the stern.

4. the height of the freeboard has been increased by 8 mm at stem, especially wanted by heavier paddlers.


Stability, carrying capacity and wetted surface remain unchanged.






Weight: 70 -100 kg

After a miner, but important adjustment of the hull of the ”CLEVER-X” in 1996, we have, in the summer of 1998, made a radical change of the deck construction. It was a long process, we had to change all the moulds, but the result was worth waiting for.

The new deck construction has made the front of the body extremely narrow, even narrower than the one at the “EVOLUTION”, all the way from the cockpit to the stem. The hull constructions itself are made smaller, and is therefor narrower, but it hasn’t effected the space for the feet. The narrow forbody continues behind the cockpit, so the width in the hull in this part also becomes smaller. Besides this, we have made a minor improvement of the bottom of the kayak.

All in all, the “CLEAVER-X MILLENNIUM” is therefore among the best we can offer from Struer.

The first tests among paddlers have already shown that the “CLEAVER-X MILLENNIUM” is cutting fantastic through the water without any tendency to commute form side to side. At the same time, the speed have been increased further. It has been confirmed that it only takes a few strokes to reach maximum speed.

On 25.05.1999 the Olympic - and world champion Knut Holtmann said:
“It is amazing – incredible course stabile – doesn’t jump during the strokes – doesn’t commute from side to side – the narrow forbody is perfect for that extra speed – it is very, very fast on maximum speed”.

The “CLEAVER-X MILLENNIUM” is being manufactured in the best materials, and by the best principles for workmanship. The nature’s own materiel, wood has incredibly strong fibres and it contains oil witch guarantees stiffness and a long durability.

It is optimal for those paddlers, who want speed and quality for their money.

The “CLEAVER-X MILLENNIUM” is patented, and anyone who tries to copy the kayak, or parts of it, or take part in it, will, if necessary be prosecuted.