Before founder James Derbecker could walk he was on the water with his pop…

The creator of a successful playground roto-molding company. Summers on The Great Lakes were sacred. Exploring the rocky waters, James found a deep sense of peace, freedom and adventure—and he was hooked. Naturally, when it came time to carve his own path, he set out to combine his lifelong love of nature with his entrepreneurial upbringing. In 2001, Crescent Kayaks was born.

It’s been an adventure from the start.

To put every dollar back into the business, James spent hours in the factory building kayaks. He made the deliveries with borrowed trucks and although his belief in the product never wavered, he questioned if he could make a living selling kayaks.  But Crescent found its stride. Thanks to tight relationships with small distributors met at trade shows, word of our superior quality spread into a national dealer network and then international sales. Today, we’re a growing American company with a solid, global reputation for durable, user-friendly designs at exceptional values.

The current is never still. Neither are we.

We’re continually developing new and better ways to enjoy the water. The spirit of innovation and the drive to see our ideas become reality runs deep. It keeps us moving, questioning, inventing and creating, every day. From product advancements, to partnerships that give back to people and to nature, we’re always looking for the next adventure.