Thumbnail ImageShaggy Designs designs and builds composite playboats and paddles for the white water market. We are based in Foresters Falls, Ontario, near to the world famous Ottawa river.


2022-07-15 New gauge on the Madawaska. We have just installed and calibrated our newest addition the fleet of online river gauges. We now have live river levels and flows for the Madawaska river downsteram of Bark lake dam here.

We still have room for some more sponsorship ads, so if you are interested in contributing to the project, get in touch!

2022-06-06 World Rafting Championships 2022 - Bosnia. The World Rafting Championships have just concluded, and the 3 teams from Canada (ladies U23, Open and Masters) all did admirably. This is the Open ladies team, with some of the paddles that we made for them.

Open Ladies WRC 2022 team

Check out the final results from the International Rafting Federation.

2022-05-21 Race paddles for the Ladies Canadian Rafting Team. The Open Womens team for the 2022 World Rafting Championships in Bosnia will be racing with a new set of matching paddles from us.

Ladies WRC team paddles

The team are on their way to Bosnia very soon, and we wish them all the best. Regular event updates will be posted by the International Rafting Federation.

2022-05-03 2022 Re-opening. We are up and running again! If you have an order, repair, warranty work or enquiry that is outstanding, we are working through the backlog as quickly as possible.

During the enforced hiatus, Gwyn has been working on our river gauges, with an updated control module. Our Ottawa gauge has been upgraded (thanks to Dan from OWL!) and has been working well.

Gauge control module detail

2020-08-02 New Paddle Layups. We have been experimenting with paddles made from Carbon/Innegra weave. Tested by Caleb, they stand up to some abuse. As a bonus, they look pretty cool as well. More details here.

Carbon/Innegra paddle

2020-03-27 Operations Suspended. We are suspending operations for a while. Meanwhile, here is a fantastic video from Marc.

2020-02-21 Custom Venturi Tubes. We got a call from Anamet last year, about making some custom venturi tubes for them. We were only too happy to oblige.

Venturi tubes for Anamet

These are used to improve airflow into fume extraction intakes. We can produce small quantity custom parts like these to close tolerances, so if you have an application that needs something made to fit, get in touch!

Venturi tube in use

2019-06-19 Prototype Slalom Boat. It has been far too long since we made a new boat, and last year we decided to remedy that. We have been working on a C1 slalom boat, designed for the average to plus size paddler. With most medium sized slalom boats designed for a 65 kg (140 lb) paddler, and even the largest sizes topping out at 90 kg (200 lb), this leaves a lot of paddlers out of luck. So, this is a boat that is race legal, good fun on a river and suitable for way more paddlers.

Prototype Slalom Boat

This is the first prototype, and we welcome anyone around the Ottawa to get in touch, come for a test drive and see what you think. We think that there is a little bit of work to do slimming down the back end slightly, so we will have another prototype sometime soon.

Prototype Slalom Boat
Good days on the river

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