Tested and approved by some of the world’s most skilled paddlers, the JITSU Freestyle Kayak by Dagger has a fast, loose hull with defined edges that make it ideal for surfing waves and preforming wicked aerial maneuvers. It’s unique rocker profile make it exceptionally nimble and is said to be the perfect blend of speed, looseness, and release on waves. The JITUS’s performance-minded design also makes it suitable for a wide variety of skill sets, appealing to competitors, park-and-play enthusiasts and those who just enjoy paddling the biggest waves and sickest holes around.

We love the JITSU for is compact, feature rich design and super plush cockpit arrangements. The double-step carving rail above the release edge also helps the boat to grip and drive on wave faces for very controlled carving. Dagger claims the JITSU maintains snappy edge-to-edge transitions yet is arguably the loosest hull on the market today. From what we can see, the JITSU is a solid all-around choice for those who want to enjoy big waves, holes on river, and freestyle competition!

Key Fetures:

  • Outfitting: Contour Ergo System
  • Backband: Ratchet Adjustable Backband
  • Structure: Vector Roto Molded Seating w/ Leglifter
  • Seating: D-Bone Welded-In Seat Track
  • Thighbrace: Precision Adjustable Thighbraces
  • Footbrace:Padded Foam Footbrace System
  • Hip Pads: Multi-Adjustable, Contoured Hip Pads
  • Grab Handles: Security Grab Handles

Jitsu 5.9 Specs:

  • Length: 9.5′ (178 cm)
  • Width: 26″ (66 cm)
  • Deck Height: 12.5″ (32 cm)
  • Cockpit: 34” x 19” (86 x 48 cm)
  • Volume: 57 gal (215 L)
  • Weight Capacity: 140-200 lbs (64-91 kg)
  • Overall Boat Weight: 31 lbs (14 kg)
Available this November in three sizes at Dagger.com
Not yet totally convinced of the JITSU’s prowess on the water? Then you’ll want to make sure to check out the embedded video below where you can see the JITSU in-action conquering some epic river currents and and towering waves!

About The Author


Busted Wallet’s resident testing and review specialist, Josh has a keen eye for all things tech, booze, and sports-related. After working closely with brands such as Nike, The North Face, EA Sports, Burton, HP, Oakley, Sony, Cannondale, Taylormade Golf and many others over the past decade he’s grown to become one of the most reliable reviewers in the business.

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