Valley Anas Acuta
The closest experience you can possibly get, in a composite kayak, to paddling a genuine skin on frame Greenland kayak. The Anas Acuta is based on measurements taken from a historic Greenland kayak. Its low decks, hard chines and pronounced rocker, make this kayak extremely responsive to paddler inputs and a real joy to paddle.
Valley’s long history of sea kayak production, started with this kayak. The story started with a traditional hunting kayak, brought back from Igdlorrsuit, Greenland by Ken Taylor in 1959. Other kayakers were so impressed by this craft, that several plywood copies were made. Duncan Winning made a particularly accurate set of line drawings especially for those that wanted to produce their own replicas.
Among the people who received these early plans was Geoff Blackford.
Geoff increased the dimensions slightly to better accommodate the average paddler’s physique, made his kayak and named it the Anas Acuta. The Anas proved to be an excellent craft, not surprising considering its development over thousands of years. In 1972 because of the amount of interest in his kayak, Valley were approached to make it commercially available in fibreglass. This made Valley, one of the first manufacturers of a commercially available specialist sea kayak anywhere in the world!
This kayak’s design has truly been developed over thousands of years. Its characteristics were honed to meet the needs of the hunters of Western Greenland. Fortunately, their needs for maneuverability, low windage, responsiveness to paddle strokes and ease of rolling, are equally valuable to those who paddle today and make this an exceptionally fun kayak to paddle.