Eddyline Kayaks - Our Story

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Founded by legendary designer, Tom Derrer, Eddyline Kayaks has manufactured premier touring kayaks since 1971. Eager to share our passion for paddling and the outdoors by offering the most comfortable kayaking experience, we pioneered vacuum bag and thermoformed kayak technology. Thanks to these design advances, we manufacture the highest quality lightweight touring kayaks for sea kayaking, open water, recreational kayaking and fishing.

Today, Eddyline Kayaks is independently owned and operated by its management team. As a small team, we are uniquely positioned to connect with our customers personally, providing excellent customer service to each one. In return, their passion for paddling inspires us.

We at Eddyline Kayaks are proud to be a part of kayaking tradition and respect the courage and ingenuity of our paddling ancestors and their passion for being on the water. We invite you to be a part of this tradition with us!

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Our Factory

In 2019, Eddyline Kayaks purchased a new facility for its headquarters in Burlington, WA. As recreational kayaking grows in popularity, Eddyline Kayaks continues to invest in and support our strengths: customer-focused innovation, quality production, and stellar service. Doubling its capacity, the new space will facilitate continued growth for the company.

Built with input from our dedicated employees for layout and process improvements, the new facility ensures Eddyline Kayak’s quality stays high as volume increases.

Quality lightweight kayaks and superior customer service

Our lightweight kayak designs are a direct reflection of our team’s years of paddling experience and our philosophy of constant improvement. Our founder, Tom Derrer, summarized this best saying, “If we cannot make it better than what we already know, then we are not improving, and neither is the sport we love.” Living this philosophy for 47 years, we’ve remaining focused on building quality lightweight kayaks in an environmentally conscious manner.

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History of Eddyline

Since 1971

Eddyline Kayaks has honored the tradition of kayaking by passionately innovating to improve kayak design. Striving to inspire a passion for kayaking, we design all our lightweight kayaks with paddler comfort in mind.


Tom Derrer find his passion for kayaking when he is first introduced to white water kayaking. He becomes a governing member of the well-established Washington Kayak Club, organizing races and pool practice.


After building white water kayaks for himself and friends for several years, Tom Derrer founds Eddyline Kayaks in Boulder, Colorado.


Eddyline Kayaks moves to Seattle where Tom Derrer begins building touring kayaks designed by Werner Furrer Sr. Tom takes up sea kayaking, then in its infancy and builds a reputation by bringing advanced laminating and aerospace technologies, like vacuum bagging, to the commercial construction of touring kayaks. Throughout the 70’s, Tom immersed himself in kayak design and continued to develop and refresh the Eddyline product line.


Eddyline Kayaks finds the high-performance thermoplastic, later named Carbonlite now used in the manufacture of all our kayaks.


Tom and Lisa Derrer hand over the reins of Eddyline Kayaks to its seasoned management team. The current ownership / management team of Todd Keane, Janet Sutton and Scott Holley, along with the entire Eddyline staff, stand committed to honoring the Eddyline legacy of innovative design and superior customer service.

A History of Innovation in the Design of Touring Kayaks

From superior hull design, to the use of aerospace technology, to high-performance thermoplastic, every Eddyline touring kayak represents years of design innovation.

Since he began designing kayaks in the 1970’s, Tom Derrer has been committed to improving the sport he’s passionate about. He has been deeply immersed in the industry since it was in its infancy, helping to form a trade association called the Trade Associate of Paddle Sports, or TAPS, where he served as president for three years. As one of the original organizers of the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, Tom designed the event’s successful format,which is still used today. He also helped develop the safety video “Before You Go” released by TAPS in the nineties and still in use today.

Throughout our 47 years in operation, Tom’s focus has been to bring advanced technology to the design and construction of our premium touring kayaks. Starting with vacuum bag technology in 1971, Eddyline Kayaks has introduced a number ofother remarkable advancements, including the H-channel seam, the four-way adjustable backrest, spring-loaded rudders, flexible bulkheads, and flush hatches.

First to apply computer-aided design and use computer machined originals, Tom Derrer significantly improved hull symmetry and performance. His commitment to superior quality ledhim to deliberately avoid the trendy but lower quality roto-molded Polyethylene models that were common of many manufacturers. Instead, Tom waited for more advanced technology, which came in the form of high-performance thermoplastic, named Carbonlite 2000. Now used to produce every model of Eddyline Kayaks, this revolutionary new material offers dimensional stability, high heat distortion temperatures, hardglossy finishes, easy repairs, UV resistance, and lighter weight.

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