Nova River Play Whitewater Kayak

Nova River Play Whitewater Kayak

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DAGGER Nova River Play Whitewater Kayak

The ultimate slicey play machine. New Thigh Brace System now included with 2024 models

Experience whitewater in a kayak tailored to you with the Nova and Supernova models. These kayaks are designed for 2 different paddler size ranges and offer superior performance and unforgettable experiences. The construction of these high-performance play machines is inspired by full-slice models from the late 90s and early 2000s, with a range of modern features that only Dagger can execute perfectly. Saddle up, slice, surf, and spin your way to hours of amusement in the Nova and Supernova kayaks. Updated models now include our all-new Contour Ergo Engage Thigh Brace System, a modern update to Dagger’s best-in-class Contour Ergo outfitting system, providing a more immersive paddling experience. Use the “Less” aggressive inner thigh hook for a relaxed fit or install the included “More” aggressive inner thigh hook for precise control and superior connectivity. Rotate the angle of your inner thigh hook and adjust the supportive outer hook to create individual fit and ultimate engagement with your Dagger kayak.

New Contour Ergo Engage Thigh Brace System

Dagger is thrilled to announce the launch of our all-new Contour Ergo Engage Thigh Brace System. Contour Ergo Engage is a modern update to Dagger’s best-in-class Contour Ergo outfitting system. Durable injection molded thigh braces create a more secure interface for performance paddling. All thigh brace adjustments are now managed through a single 4mm hex tool, which is included with the purchase of your Dagger kayak. The Engage thigh brace is wrapped in ultra comfortable padding in all the right places and includes shims for a superior and customized experience. Engage in a more immersive paddle experience with the new Dagger Contour Engage Thigh Braces!

Roto-molded seating with leg lifter

The safest and most comfortable seat system we have designed. Our bomb-proof roto-molded seats have intuitive fore and aft adjustment controls and include an industry-first ratcheting leg lifter. This leg lifter allows 3” of elevation that allows the paddler to cinch into the kayak for efficient control and energy transfer from the paddler to the kayak. Quick-release, adjustable hip pads provide additional comfort and control. The highly adjustable backband offers support, comfort, and another pivotal point of contact for control. All this is wrapped in cushy cockpit padding…we have even included a seat booster for ultimate customization.

Contour Ergo Outfitting system

At Dagger, we take pride in our innovative designs, particularly when they contribute to safer and more reliable kayaking experiences. Our world-class Contour Ergo Outfitting system achieves just that by offering unparalleled adjustability, patented technology, and cutting-edge safety innovations for whitewater kayaking. Since a kayak and paddle function as a single unit, the internal design is as crucial to performance as the hull design. We take great care to integrate advanced comfort and technical features seamlessly, and you'll appreciate the difference the moment you try Dagger's Contour Ergo Outfitting.

Safety step-out wall

At Dagger, safety is our top priority, which is why we've included our innovative safety step-out wall. This feature provides leverage for quick cockpit exits in emergency situations, while also adding structural support to the kayak. We've even cleverly designed it to double as an internal handle for easier portaging.

Foam foot brace system

Our stacked-foam footrest allows you to customize your fit to the kayak and provides incredible comfort and better kayak control.

  • Length: 88 in - 223.52 cm
  • Height: 10.25 in - 26.04 cm
  • Width: 25 in - 63.5 cm
  • Weight: 35 lb - 15.88 kg
  • Max Weight Capacity: 180 lb - 81.65 kg
  • Activity Type: White Water
  • Passengers: Single
  • Cockpit Type: Sit-Inside
  • Warranty: 3 Years Limited Warranty* (Warranty policy)
  • Colors may vary slightly from those shown as each kayak that we produce is unique. Variations in color are not covered by warranty.

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Safety is priority number one with Dagger, which is why we coined the phrase “Team Tested, Paddler Proven.” Our products go through rigorous testing by our professionals in various environments, so you know that you can trust our product.


Comfort and a customized fit are critical to the Dagger persona, and you will experience unique refinement the moment you sit in Dagger's Contour Ergo Outfitting.


Our kayak design is easy to slice through the water and features a bow volume that provides balance on its end. The stern volume is optimized for smooth end-to-end transitions, and the rocker is tuned for easy vertical play engagement and downriver speed. The wide, flat planning hull keeps you loose on the waves, and the carving rail gives you bite and drive while surfing. Best of all, we've rethought comfort and fit, so the days of cramped downriver kayaks are a thing of the past.


Our kayaks are made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic for a longer-lasting, stiffer, and impact-resistant kayak.

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