23rd June 2017 - Moulded 1987, Burned 1996, Launched 2017

This is the tale of a Wagstaff 660 moulded by Lynda with some help from a young factory worker. As it looked in 1990. Mast and sails in storage. Keel MORE »

22nd June 2017 - Q-Kayaks Closing Down sale

This is not a happy time for the NZ kayak industry. I brought this news to the attention of Andrew Martin yesterday. Fair to say – Andrew and I are MORE »

6th June 2017 - New Website


17th April 2014 - 2014 retirement-hobby kayak construction

Hi In about 8 weeks time Mt Hutt will be open and we will once again be based on our Methven farmland – which is where the kayak factory is MORE »

19th July 2013 - 2013 Retirement-hobby kayak order book now full

The orders flowed in! Thank you. Anyone else wanting a new Sisson Kayak – please keep checking the website to see if I make a similar offer in 2014. Or MORE »

6th June 2013 - The new beginning? Retirement hobby kayak production starts.

It is 15 months since I last cranked up the WordPress machine to update my Sisson Kayaks website. Lynda and I have enjoyed the 18 months since I locked up MORE »

19th February 2012 - “What are you doing with the kayak building stuff?”

No idea. Absolutely no idea. We still own the Methven farm land. We still own the factory and plant. The Methven land is now where our ‘bach’ (holiday home) is MORE »

18th February 2012 - This website – what future?

We are retired. Yeah right! We are still very very busy. And we move into retirement with heaps of options because we have sold off none of the assets that MORE »

18th February 2012 - Sisson Kayaks spare parts supply

Very sorry to those customers who ordered parts over the past 6 months. Your orders were ignored. Very sorry. After 38 years in business (36 making kayaks) we have rejoiced MORE »

4th October 2011 - Sisson Kayaks Ltd has delivered the last new kayaks.

On Monday the 3rd October 2011 we shipped out a Nucleus 60, Arctic Raider and a Nordkapp. Thus ends, for the company,  36 years of kayak production. For the next MORE »

14th July 2011 - Currently building the very last batch of kayaks

Thirty six years ago I built my first kayak. I built it for my own use. It sold before I could launch it. The next morning by 11am we had MORE »

24th April 2011 - I await your kayak order – still building.

There is a rumour out there in kayaking circles that I no longer build kayaks. Lies lies and more lies! Absolute lies. Who would start such rumours? My wife Lynda MORE »

16th March 2011 - Sisson Kayaks – proven total loss survivor

On the 19th June 1996 the Sisson Kayaks factory, and everything in it, was totally destroyed by fire. Lynda and I were in Rotorua with a trailer load of demo MORE »

16th March 2011 - Earthquakes

In recent months it has been clear to all that retirement has taken precedence over the kayak business. Firstly we celebrated Xmas and my 90 year old father-in-law’s birthday. Not MORE »

20th October 2010 - Glen Currie dominates Frostbuster @ Methven

Methven Mt Hutt Village is a truly “Amazing Space” (100% honest Methven marketing slogan). Great people who really get behind their very special town. And in the South Island, thanks MORE »

19th September 2010 - Sisson Kayaks new models – yes or no?

Two years ago it was planned to introduce two new top-line multisport kayaks. The Evolution Omega was the first to be developed and it was supposed to be followed by MORE »

19th September 2010 - Similar but better than “Down by the Swamp”

In 1997 when my original website went online I had a special page to run what would now be called a blog. It was widely read. And then two things MORE »

19th September 2010 - “Turkeys stay fresher longer in plastic”

Glass is fast!

17th September 2010 - Luke Vaughan tests Eliminator for speed on the RDR

Towards the end of Luke’s second RDR testing visit, I asked him to do the unthinkable – paddle my demo Eliminator over the same 700 metre course. It is not MORE »

16th September 2010 - Evolution Omega on-water comparison to Evolution Edge

Luke in his Edge @ 160HBPM – note the rolling wake Luke in Edge = Basil running even. Luke in Omega = Basil out-the-back Basil is in the Omega on MORE »

16th September 2010 - Aid Needed For Two ‘Wobblyville’ Business’s

Wobblyville is the light-hearted name that some Christchurch residents now use – its recent use  helps these shattered residents cope with the debilitating earthquake aftershocks. I have offered my services MORE »

15th September 2010 - Grade 2 Kayak Certification

Otherwise know as river kayak anti-swimming insurance. Or – keeping your event competitors alive a little longer. Or – if they do survive – hoping that they will return to MORE »

15th September 2010 - Vodaphone verses Telecom Mobile

Since 1990 I have been a Telecom Mobile customer – starting with a Radiant car phone that was big enough to be denied onto an airline as carry-on baggage. Over MORE »

14th September 2010 - The Economy

Unlike Allan Bollard, we were well aware of the likelihood of the financial fiasco. A little article in The Press Business page mentioned Nouriel Roubini. Five minutes later I had MORE »

14th September 2010 - Christchurch Earthquake

It woke us in our caravan at Ohau Lodge. Our only communications were only weak texts. We later went to the top of Ohau Ski field to phone our family. MORE »

12th August 2009 - REVIEW: Sisson Nucleus 100, a Multisport Kayak from New Zealand – Part 1: Pictures

Sisson Nucleus 100 is a multisport kayak designed for intermediate racing paddler and manufactured in New Zealand by Grahame Sisson.

Contact Grahame

For all enquiries and orders please contact me directly:

Phone: 027 2755 499


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