Santee 126 Sport

12' 6"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Santee 126 Sport Description

This recreational kayak ups the ante on the industry-changing Santee 126 by adding an oversized cockpit, and it does so without sacrificing one iota of performance. In other words, you can still track like you’re on rails, still carve turns, still have more fun than should be legal in most states. The 126 Sport gives you room for fishing gear, photography equipment, and camping gear too ― whatever you need. The cockpit is a spacious 55 x 24 inches, and 55 x 24 = a whole lot of comfort.

Available with a sport console: $1,199

Santee 126 Sport Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Stern Bulkhead, ABS Plastic: Provides flotation & storage
  • 10-inch Hinge Hatch: Storage compartment access
  • Stern Deck Bungee: Deck storage for dry bag & gear
  • Paddle Holder: Secures paddle to deck
  • Security Bar: Cable lock your boat to the car or in storage
  • Outfitting: AireStream seat and foam thigh pads
  • Twist-loc footbrace system: Easy adjustment from seated position
  • Molded Grab Handle, Bow & Stern: Comfortable grip when carrying kayak during portage
  • 55-inch XL Cockpit: Easy entry & Exit, accommodates small child or pet
  • OPTIONAL: Sport Console

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Santee 126 Sport Reviews

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Owned Pungo 120s for over 12…

Submitted by: paddler2035342 on 5/23/2022

Owned Pungo 120s for over 12 years. Sold them off in 2016 then 2 1/2 Years ago decided to buy another but none available. My son bought me a 126 Sport for a present complete with dashboard. This has been in the water twice. Both times in Jan 2020. Probably the most unstable yak I have ever been in and very flimsy to enter and exit. My grandson (my paddling buddy for 12 years) took it out for it's 2nd outing. He had the same feelings as I did. Very unstable. Unable to relax and no fun at all. We share the river with Gators so stability is critical. So it has been parked in dry storage with a cockpit cover and a full cover ever since. Oh yes we found 2 used Pungo 120s and are very happy.


Nice boat...tracks well,…

Submitted by: paddler506099 on 7/29/2020
Nice boat...tracks well, turns Great for a 12.5 footer, edges well. The seat is OK...not as supportive as a Pungo seat. I have to sit way back in the seat to get the full back support, but then my hips are on the plastic cup holders...very uncomfortable. Can’t see paddling a long time in this boat if I can’t get the seat right. The cup/gear holders in the side are kind of worthless.

Outstanding quality product…

Submitted by: robertvyoung on 7/13/2020
Outstanding quality product as recommended by Louis @ Oak Orchard Canoe Kayak Experts in Rochester NY. This gentlemen is very knowledgable about the sport of "paddling" and extremely helpful to novice kayaker.

Having enjoyed paddling a…

Submitted by: ENC_Paddler on 7/10/2020
Having enjoyed paddling a Hurricane Skimmer 140 and finding that paddling lighter weight kayaks enhances ones paddling experience. On recent paddles my spouse struggled to keep up with me on the Skimmer 140 paddling her rotomolded hybrid SUP/kayak. She decided it was time to experience paddling a traditional kayak. Her being claustrophobic, she was always apprehensive of small enclosed cockpits. Down to our local Hurricane dealer we went. We viewed the Santee line of kayaks and at the recommendation of the sales associate decided to demo a Santee 126 Sport. The sport is a traditional sit in kayak with a 55” x 24” cockpit. The added openness of the cockpit allayed any fears of claustrophobia. We loaded up a red Santee 126 Sport and off we went to a local creek with our Skimmer 140 in tow. We took turns paddling both kayaks, vastly different yet both were easily paddled, had great glide and were comfortable for I being 6’5” and my spouse 5’6”. The Santee 126 sport weighing in at 39lbs is easily handled by my wife, she’s able to load and unload the Santee herself. Her confidence with paddling with others is vastly improved as she’s able to keep up with the longer touring boats, something she wasn’t able to do with her rotomolded hybrid. Now our paddling adventures are a toss up of who wants to paddle the Santee or the Skimmer. Both Hurricane kayaks are great performers, depending on your preference for a SIK or a SOT. We are pleased with our kayaks, my spouse laying claim to ‘her’ Santee 126 Sport and my choice of the Skimmer 140. If you’re new to the sport or looking to upgrade to a lightweight kayak, we strongly encourage you to demo a Santee 126 Sport or any of the Hurricane Aquasports kayaks. We have been nothing but pleased with our Hurricane kayaks.

Amazingly lightweight;…

Submitted by: paddler805963 on 6/24/2020
Amazingly lightweight; handles beautifully. Really love this kayak.

This kayak has allowed me to…

Submitted by: flanagang on 5/13/2020
This kayak has allowed me to go when other kayaks wouldn’t. Light weight enough for a “senior” to load on her own. Been paddling my Hurricane for over 6 years. Since then friends have purchased Hurricanes and love them too! You will never regret going lighter, especially as you get older. Well worth the $

I bought this boat after I…

Submitted by: megerman44 on 9/4/2019

I bought this boat after I had hip replacement surgery 3 years ago. Previously I was paddling my beloved 17 ft wood kayak I had built 10 years previously. The cockpit on the wooden kayak was 29.6 inches bu just under 16 inches making it dangerous to enter. The Hurricane has a 50 something long cockpit which is too large but I have the "Dashboard" which reduces the length by 15 inches. The boat tracts extremely well dur to the flexible hull which inverts to provide a stabilizing channel. While it won't set any speed records the kayak is easy to get going despite the somewhat teardrop hull. At 75 I will be able to paddle for many more years to come.


For a small and large…

Submitted by: oxbowmann on 9/4/2019

For a small and large cockpit kayak this is a great product. The hull design makes it almost as fast as a kayak at least 2 feet longer. Its beamy enough so that it rides waves well, yet low enough to the water so as not to get caught up in the wind. Turns well and with little effort. Secondary stability is amazing. If going out in chop you should have a half cockpit cover to keep some of the water out.

I would highly recommend this kayak to anyone who wants light, strong and quick as a primary or secondary boat.


Yes, the Santee Sport is…

Submitted by: Out_of_Line on 6/4/2018

Yes, the Santee Sport is much lighter than similar kayaks, but the hull is very weak, and great care must be used entering and exiting the boat. Within the first two months the latch on the rear hatch broke, and the bolts that hold the seat in place pulled through the plastic seat frame AS I WAS TRYING TO CROSS A CHOPPY LAKE! It is a very attractive looking boat, but the quality is just not there.


I purchased a Santee 126…

Submitted by: paddler425128 on 4/12/2018

I purchased a Santee 126 Sport brand new in 2016. I selected this model for the wide open cockpit it offers and the lightweight construction. Purchased the optional Sport Console for keeping additional items and handy water bottle holder. Like the Gear Trac that came with it where I mounted a Yak Attack paddle holder when I need to put it away to take a quick photo.

The only 2 negatives I have is the sides flex too much when gripping making an exit. Improvement is need there for reinforcement. The other is the seat back which should of be higher for better support. The later models now have a seat back to my understanding.

Nicely balanced and never felt it would tip over on me. Love the Mango color.


Bought in Spring 2016. I've…

Submitted by: paddler424721 on 4/10/2018

Bought in Spring 2016. I've had it down in the Florida Keys and I've had it out in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Mostly use it for local day trips to small lakes and local rivers in Illinois. Light weight was the key for me. Getting to old to to put a 70+ lb canoe or kayak on the roof of my SUV alone. Large cockpit entry makes it easy to get in and out. Comfy seat makes longer paddles comfortable. Haven't tried it yet but I think I can get enough lightweight camping gear in it for a 3-4 day trip. Paddles well. Very stable, I've done a lot of fishing from it and haven't come close to tipping it yet. Very pleased with


Have had this yak for a…

Submitted by: oxbowmann on 3/27/2018

Have had this yak for a month and put many miles on it. Overall it is one of the nicest light-weight boats (39 lbs.) I have ever paddled. It is very stable. My 16-foot kayak is only a little bit faster than this boat. Fit and finish are second to none.The larger cockpit makes for easy entry/exits as well as having items readily at hand. Setting foot pegs is so easy, I often adjust while paddling to give my back and seat a rest. Seat is contoured and has several adjustments for bottom and back. Be nice to have a cockpit specific cover as the seal 7.0 is a bit too big and therefore does not sit very well and hook is on wrong end. This is a superior product and easy to put on car. Great price for a great kayak!


I was interested in buying a…

Submitted by: paddler236959 on 7/19/2016
I was interested in buying a kayak as we are living in the Adirondacks now and opportunities abound for lots of adventure! My husband and I drove down to one of our local outfitters to try out the 2016 models. To our surprise, there was a HUGE difference between manufacturers! After trying several kayaks and finding them to be quite awkward and/or downright uncomfortable, we tried the Santee Hurricane Sport 126 and wouldn't go back. WOW! This kayak is everything that I am looking for! It is nicely detailed with a comfortable seat, roomy cockpit and features found in kayaks costing hundreds of dollars more. The easy in - easy out feature makes it ideal for all ages including older folks who may have difficulty getting in and out of a kayak with a smaller, narrower cockpit. My overall review is a perfect score! The kayaks are beautiful and are available in an assortment of colors!

Love it, especially the comfy…

Submitted by: paddler236469 on 8/27/2015
Love it, especially the comfy seat, I have a back problem but was able to get the seat fully adjusted while under way in one trip instead of having to land for every adjustment, due to easily accessible adjusters. At 28" beam, the 126 paddled easier and tracked straighter than the similar 28" beam 116, due to the extra length of the 126. (personal preference).

Now, I won't say "you get what you pay for", or the hull material is "flimsy", this is a nice boat but also a "delicate" boat.....I saw one that had a long crack along the cockpit cowling perhaps from someone putting all their weight on it getting in or out, (I heard the company has taken steps to address this issue though, and not a good idea to sit on a boat made of thin material anyway).

Bottom line this is a really nice light weight and economically priced boat that should last a good many years if you handle it with care...maybe don't sit on the cockpit flaring full weight to get in or out for example, I've seen other boats too that would not stand up to that, to be fair.

I plan on doing some ocean paddling , and if water comes in the bow as some mentioned, will get a "half" skirt, and "presto", a sea kayak.....what the heck, before the kayak boom, people would be out there in open canoes. Oh, love the padded carrying handles, easy on the palms.

So, the only "con" is I'd like the material to be stiffer, but that would also mean a stiffer price, and there are enough things to like about the boat to make me happy with my purchase.


After over 10 years of…

Submitted by: steckerkochanski on 7/3/2015
After over 10 years of kayaking in my Old Town Loon, my getting older joints asked for a lighter kayak. I researched online and then looked at the Santee Sport at the Canoecopia event in Madison. I bought the Santee Sport after trying it out on the water a few months later. I have used it for several years and do appreciate its lighter weight. However it has several drawbacks. Its shorter bow has led to water washing into the boat when there are waves (I do not have a spray skirt for it). It also feels more tippy than the solid Loon. The seat fastener ball tends to slip out of its holder, and the foot rests are not that easy to adjust. So it is my kayak of choice when on quiet waters when I need to carry it further.

Purchased two of the Santee…

Submitted by: dmorgan64 on 6/18/2015
Purchased two of the Santee 126 Sport Kayaks in September of 2014. Have been out 5 times last season and 4 times so far in 2015. We love the kayaks. They glide easily on the water. Seats are comfortable. Foot pedals are easy to adjust with wands on each side! We have used these on lakes in rough and calm waters. We transport with J-bars on a trailblazer. They are lite weight about 42 lbs and easy to load!

I just pick up my new…

Submitted by: paddler235891 on 8/28/2014
I just pick up my new Hurricane 126 Santee Sport. What a great looking kayak in Mango. I love this kayak, its lite weight and very stable. I kayak for 5 hours and the seat was comfortable and firm. It handle great, can't wait to go kayaking again.

Very happy with this kayak,…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/12/2013
Very happy with this kayak, We use it on rivers, lakes, and gulf flats. It is easy to paddle, turn, and glides well. The kayak is easy to carry and getting in and out of is a pleasure. We go about 8 miles on a normal paddle and the seat is comfortable.

Is the kayak perfect, well no. If you are in large waves the large cockpit will take some water on. I have other kayaks for large waves and believe the Santee is a good rec kayak.

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