Launch of paddlerguide.com

Lyon, 11 Feb 2019: Kayaksession Publishing introduces new media service

Dear paddlesports fanatics and gear junkies,
We are extremely pleased to announce today the official launch of our newest media: The Paddlers Guide – paddlerguide.com.

A new website that was missing in our portfolio, dedicated to all the gear available on the paddlesport market. It is the direct and logic evolution of our annual print and digital publication the PADDLEexpo Buyers Guide, renamed this year for good reasons… the Paddler’s Guide.

You can navigate looking for a specific brand, a specific product, per activity, or per type of product. You will notice also the possibility to find a retailer close to your home carrying the product of your choice.
But The Paddler’s Guide in its web version is more than a collection gear. You can check the latest news, the latest products launched, where to find an outfitter, and even get online instruction. We hope you will enjoy this website.
Happy paddling!

The team @ The Paddler’s Guide

paddlerguide.com is the latest media product of Kayaksession Publishing, the makers of:
Kayak Session, the International Whitewater Magazine
Paddle World, the International Paddlesports Magazine
SUP World Mag, the International Stand Up Paddling Magazine


#paddlerguide  #paddlersguide

ISPO Gold Award for AIRBOARD SUP

AIRBOARD (Switzerland), regular exhibitor at PADDLEexpo since the early beginnings, receive the 2019 ISPO Gold Award for their new ultra-light all-round and touring SUP

Airboard founder Joe Steiner and Scooter pioneer Wim Ouboter will jointly launch the Ultralight SUP in spring 2019. The inflatable Stand Up Paddle board with a revolutionary pump system sets new standards in terms of weight and packing size.

Their common passion for quality, exclusive design and the search for the unconventional brought together the two successful Swiss brands Airboard and Micro Mobility Systems. The result: an ultra-light all-round and touring SUP. Thanks to the use of the latest materials and the sophisticated deck pad design, weight and volume could be reduced by 50% compared to a conventional SUP board.

Another innovation is the waterproof pump bag. This works as a pump for the basic volume of the SUP. The remaining volume is generated with a smaller pump. At the same time, the SUP bag serves as a practical dry bag.

The combined know-how of both companies was skilfully applied in the development process: Airboard has specialized in inflatable sports products for over 18 years whereas Micro has exceptional expertise in the manufacture of practical, space-saving and environmentally friendly mobility products.

Product video, recorded at PADDLEexpo 2018


About fun-care AG
Behind the brand Airboard stands the company fun-care AG with headquarters in Zug. For over 18 years the company has specialized in inflatable sports products. With the Airboard, also known as a body board for snow, Joe Steiner created a new winter sport in the 90s. ln 2010 Airboard expanded its range with inflatable SUP boards.

www.fun-care.ch


AIRBOARD already received the “Paddlesports Product of the Year” award (accessoires category) at PADDLEexpo Nuremberg in October 2018

#ispo2019  #ispobrandnew  #ispoaward  #airboard  #isup  #paddleexpo

Florian Brunner: STARBOARD Dealer Meeting

Kompetente Händler bei STARBOARD

Über 80 Teilnehmer aus D, A, CH und Italien waren der Einladung zum einwöchigen Produkttest der Starboard Gruppe nach Porto Pollo in Sardinien gefolgt, davon rund 50 aus Deutschland. Bei angenehmen 24 Grad nutzten die Wassersporthändler und Surfschulbetreiber ausgiebig die Möglichkeiten zu Materialtests und Schulungen mit den 2019er Produkten.


Holger Wimmel, SUP Station Scharbeutz:
Tolle Auswahl an Boards und Paddel, kompetente Beratung, nicht nur zu Produkten, auch zur Paddeltechnik wie von Carsten Kurmis, das Revier gefällt mir sehr gut und der Austausch unter den Teilnehmern ist auch sehr gut.

Franziska Böhm von All on Sea, Markkleeberg:
Das APM Team hat eine gute Mischung aus Programm und freiem Testen organisiert und es ist schon beachtlich, wieviel internationale Kompetenz aus der Branche hier versammelt ist mit Starboard Produktmanager Ollie O’Reilly, Sonni Hönscheid, Ben Severne… An Produkten ist alles dabei und bei dem genialen Wind lässt es sich in entspannter Atmosphäre testen, wofür auch APM gesorgt hat.

Ingo Rothemund, SUPco Hamburg:
Die Location ist perfekt und gut erreichbar und das Traumrevier bietet für jeden Möglichkeiten. Riesenkompliment ans Starboard Team für die Organisation und Logistik! Da ich den Austausch mit Kollegen sehr schätze, könnte die Veranstaltung gern noch internationaler werden. Überrascht hat mich, dass das neue Raceboard All Star mit 24.5er Breite noch laufruhiger geworden ist. Was mich sehr gefreut hat: Die Neuauflage des Ur-Windsurfer Boards nochmal unter den Füßen zu haben, mit dessen Original ich als 12jähriger 1977 Windsurfen gelernt habe.

Bastian Wiepcke vom Surfshop Fehmarn:
Ich bin mit unserem Kitelehrer vor Ort und wir sind begeistert von der Bucht mit dem superklaren Wasser. Die Organisation ist auch sehr gut. Die Stimmung könnte besser nicht sein, das Team ist wie eine Familie. Hier habe ich endlich Gelegenheit selber Material zu fahren, das wir sonst nicht verfügbar haben oder wo ich nicht dazu komme wie verschiedene Windsurf-Foilboards oder Boards wie das Fox oder das Turbo GT. Mit den Erfahrungen bekommt man nochmal andere Argumente den Kunden gegenüber an die Hand.

Stephan Eder vom Sailingcenter Tegernsee:
Für mich bietet sich hier die seltene Gelegenheit, fast den gesamten Produktrange in Ruhe testen zu können und der Ablauf ist auch einwandfrei.

www.sup.star-board.com / www.apm-marketing.de

New PRIJON website

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Neuer PRIJON Webauftritt
Rosenheim, 16-Jan-2019: Unter der bekannten URL www.prijon.com haben wir unsere Website komplett neu aufgesetzt. Die neue Seite ist frisch, klar strukturiert, modern designed und natürlich komplett responsive. Allerhand neue und hilfreiche Informationen stehen jederzeit abrufbar zur Verfügung.

Neue Funktion
Neu ist unter anderem die Vergleichsfunktion für Kajaks. Ein einfaches Tool, mit dem der Endkunde oder Händler unterschiedliche Modelle auf alle Bootsdaten und Ausstattungsmerkmale hin vergleichen kann.
Dazu ist die neue Website prall gefüllt mit neuen Artikel- und Actionbildern, die allesamt nun auch direkt heruntergeladen werden können. Einfach mal reinklicken und die neue Prijon Website entdecken: www.prijon.com

New PRIJON website
Rosenheim, 16-Jan-2019:  Prijon’s new website is now online and accessible via the established URL https://en.prijon.com/
It looks fresh, clearly structured, with a modern design and is of course completely responsive. A lot of new and helpful information is available 24/7.

New features
One of the new features is the comparison function for kayaks! An easy tool, to enable the end-customer and dealer to compare different kayak models according to their specifications, equipment, colors, etc.
Plus: the new website bulging with new product- and action pics, which are all available for download, too. Feel free to check the new Prijon website: https://en.prijon.com/

Die neue Vergleichsfunktion / the new comparison function
2019 Prijon website, screenshot “GRIZZLY” kayak

Werner Paddles & Kialoa are “Together on the Water”

Monroe, WA, USA 04-Jan-2019

Effective Jan. 1, 2019 Werner and Kialoa are “Together on the Water.” After a phone call and subsequent visits this past summer, Meg and Dave Chun, owners of Kialoa, and Bruce Furrer, President of Werner Paddles, agreed that a partnership between Werner and Kialoa would create a strong team to provide even better paddles and services to the Kialoa paddling community. With Werner Paddles leading the manufacturing of Kialoa paddles, Meg and Dave would be freed from production operations to focus 100% of their energies to the paddling community. This led to a deal where Kialoa is now part of the Werner Paddles’ Family.

“When we began to consider a manufacturing partner for us to grow Kialoa, Werner Paddles was on the top of our list” stated Dave Chun. “Werner is a family run, Pacific Northwest Company with deep roots in kayak and SUP paddling communities. The blending of the brands is a natural fit.”

“We have admired the Kialoa brand for years,” says Bruce Furrer. “We are thrilled to be growing our paddle family to include Outrigger and Dragon Boat paddles with the leading brand and leading ambassadors in Meg and Dave.”

Kialoa will remain in Bend, Oregon with Meg and Dave leading the Sales and Marketing efforts.

“Together on the Water,” represents the community of self-propelled paddlers. With the joining of Kialoa and Werner, the paddling family continues to grow.

www.kialoa.com
www.wernerpaddles.com

PADDLEexpo Rollcontest and Skateyak

07.-09. June 2019, Passer River, Italy

King of the Alps is “The Extreme Kayaking Event” in Europe and offers several activities for paddlers. PADDLEexpo is partner and sponsor of the side events on Friday and Saturday evening.

>>> Friday: “ROLLCONTEST” by PADDLEexpo and Kober Paddels
>>> Saturday: “SKATEYAK” by PADDLEexpo and Exo Kayaks

Roll Contest. Foto: King-Of-The-Alps © Flo Smith
Skateyak. Foto: King-Of-The-Alps © Flo Smith

For the 8th time in a row some of the world’s best kayakers will compete for the legendary title “King of the Alps” and “Queen of the Alps”.

The qualification will be a mass start downriver race. Just imagine about 100 kayakers waiting together at the start line, and when the go is given, a spectacular head to head race starts. The athletes need to give 100% energy and strategy to make it into the first 20 which will qualify for the final.

Foto: King-Of-The-Alps © Flo Smith

New: After many years of hosting the Extreme Kayak European Championship, we felt that it was time to add another competition: A challenging team race, the “Extreme Kayak Team Championship”.

“Extreme Kayak Team Championship”
Indeed, we realised that a King is nothing without some trusted knights that protect him! Therefore, starting from this edition, we are proud to grant two knights brave enough to paddle the mighty final section (Intimidator rapid, WW V) with the addition of gates.
The teams allowed to compete in this challenge will be composed of two senior or master athletes (male, female or mixed) with the same nationality, who took part in the marathon race. Similar to other team events, the first athlete will start the time, and it will be stopped only when the second athlete passes through the finish line. Any team that does not complete the gates will automatically be disqualified.

At the coronation ceremony the fastest paddler of the day will be crowned, as usual, King and Queen of the Alps and receive their crowns, while for the fastest team an accolade will follow. These brave men or women will have the honour of receiving a sword to protect their king and queen!

The King of the Alps final run take place on the really impressive and especially intimidating rapids of the Passer River in the little village of Moos. Situated above the put in of the famous Passer-gorge, the race course is only a few 100 meters long but includes everything an extreme race needs. Waterfall, slides, big waves, and holes… For the athletes it’s difficult enough to find a line, and it’s even more difficult to make it the cleanest and fastest!

Foto: King-Of-The-Alps © Flo Smith

The Passer River flows along the Passeier valley and passes through the town of Merano. It’s located among the Alps and in the corner of Italy, which meets with the boarders of Austria and Switzerland.
Merano is small but famous town, in the era of the Kings it was very popular for its warm climate and unique vegetation encircled by mountain peaks. Today it is characterized by its many castles and a long history of tradition. The King of the Alps will awaken these times of glory and honor. The athletes will fight hard for the title but only one of them will win the crown at the end.

The Passeier valley offers a vast majority of recreational activities, with a huge scope to provide specifically to the outdoors. In every local valley you will find a torrent of water which can provide the perfect ambiance for those who are passionate about water sports. It is also an area which is already well known for hosting many events, with a wide spectrum of variety. The region offers an ample selection of excellent food and wine which reach from typical regional dishes to Italian specialties.
So don’t miss the opportunity and enjoy the weekend like royalty!

www.king-alps.com

Level Six Title Sponsor

Ottawa, Ontario, 18 Dec 2018. Kevin Cook for Level Six Incorporated

We are super excited to announce we are the title sponsor of Europe’s premier whitewater festival:

King of The Alps
June 7 – 9 2019

Located in Merano in the Passeier valley in Italy this beautiful area offers an abundance of outdoor opportunities and is especially known for its beautiful scenery and amazing whitewater.

We specifically choose to be a part of this event because of its inclusiveness. It truly is a well-rounded event that all paddlers and families can appreciate and enjoy. There are a number of Class 2, 3, 4 and 5 whitewater sections that can challenge any paddlers ability, and there are rafting options for any non-paddlers that want to attend!
After doing some paddling of your own you can then watch or take part in a number of different races including the extreme Europen Championship race. All the race courses are easily visible as the river runs right through town! You can sit back and enjoy the action, and watch the top paddlers in the world try to claim the title of King and Queen of the Alps or attempt to take the crown yourself!

The parties, movie night, fun races, and endless activities that are apart of this event for paddlers and non-paddlers alike make it the premier paddling event in the world. We couldn’t be more proud and excited to be a part of it!

For more information go to www.king-alps.com

50 Jahre “boot” Düsseldorf

PADDLEexpo gratuliert der “boot” in Düsseldorf zum 50-Jährigen und wünscht weiterhin viel Erfolg!
Danke für 50 Jahre Paddelsport-Präsentation in den Hallen der “boot”.

An mehreren Becken, an einer künstlichen Surfwelle und einem künstlichen Fluss stehen Stand-Up-Paddeln, Kajak- und Kanufahren auf dem Programm. In verschiedenen Hallen, als spannende Wettkämpfe mit Top-Athleten zum Zuschauen und darüber hinaus auch zum selber ausprobieren. Alle Infos dazu auf der Webseite www.boot.de

Kanufahren ausprobieren am künstlichen Fluss in der Kanu-Halle der boot.

Die PADDLEexpo in Nürnberg ist die Fachmesse für die Geschäftsleute am Saisonende, dort werden die Neuheiten präsentiert und für die nächste Saison ausgewählt. Was die Händler bestellen, das wird produziert und jedes Jahr zum Saisonstart auf der boot in Düsseldorf der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt.

50 Jahre “boot”, hier Fotos aus 2002: Über viele Jahrzehnte ist die boot der offizielle Saisonstart und Fixtermin im Branchenkalender. Palettenweise wurden damals die druckfrischen Kataloge verteilt und die Neuheiten der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt.

Kanu-Urgesteine wie Gatz-Kanus und Sport Lettmann haben fast die kompletten 50 Jahre auf der boot ausgestellt.

Immer auf dem neuesten Stand der Zeit: BEACH WORLD und WORLD OF PADDLING auf der boot 2010
Olaf Gatz, Gatz-Kanu: „Keine Verbrauchermesse hat den Paddelsport mit so großem Engagement und über eine so lange Zeitspanne in ihren Hallen präsentiert wie die boot in den vergangenen 50 Jahren.“
WORLD OF PADDLING auf der boot 2010
WORLD OF PADDLING auf der boot 2010

Die boot Düsseldorf ist als weltweit größte Boots- und Wassersportmesse alljährlich im Januar der „In-Treffpunkt“ der Wassersportler. Die Aussteller zeigen vom 19. bis 27. Januar 2019 ihre interessanten Neuheiten, attraktiven Weiterentwicklungen und maritimen Ausrüstungen. Damit ist der gesamte Markt in Düsseldorf vor Ort und lädt an den neun Messetagen zu einer spannenden Reise durch die gesamte Welt des Wassersports in 16 Messehallen auf 220.000 Quadratmetern ein. Mit den Angebotsschwerpunkten Boote und Yachten, Motoren und Motorentechnik, Ausrüstung und Zubehör, Dienstleistungen, Kanus / Kajaks / Rudern, Wasserski, Wakeboard, Wakeskate, Skimboard, Jetski, Tauchen, Surfen, Windsurfen, Kitesurfen, SUP, Angeln, Maritime Kunst, Marinas, Wassersportanlagen sowie beach resorts und Charter ist für jeden Wassersportler etwas dabei. Mehr Info auf der Webseite www.boot.de

USA Paddlesports Retailer Announces 2019 Location & Dates

Oklahoma City, Nov 28, 2018

Paddlesports Retailer, the official national (USA) trade show of the paddlesports industry, will remain in Oklahoma City, OK, for at least the next two years.

The show (Paddlesports Retailer USA) will take place from August 26th through August 29th in 2019.
In 2020 Paddlesports Retailer USA will occur August 31st through September 3rd.
Paddlesports Retailer USA Demo Day will kick off the 2019 show on Monday, August 26, followed by two-and-a-half exhibition days in the Cox Convention Center Exhibit Hall.

(PADDLEexpo Europe will stay at the end of September / early October, so plenty of time between the events)

“Our first year in Oklahoma City was amazing. Both exhibitors and retailers told us the Demo Day at Riversport Adventure Park was the most successful demo in the industry’s history. In post-show surveys and interviews, attendees raved about the convenience of the hotels and restaurants in Oklahoma City and said the community welcomed everyone with enthusiasm. We’re proud to be back for two more years.” said Paddlesports Retailer general manager Charles Conner.

Representing paddlesports manufacturers, Bill Kueper, vice president of Wenonah Canoe concurred: “The OKC location and the packed event schedule really delivered. 94% of attending retailers indicated they plan to return for the 2019 show. That’s phenomenal. Paddlesports Retailer has established itself over the past two years and shows great potential going into 2019.”

The show’s second year–and first in Oklahoma City–drew more than 500 buyers representing over 230 individual retail stores. Show organizers expect attendance to grow in the coming years as momentum builds and attendees spread the word about the demo site, OKC’s convenient accommodations and restaurants, and the collection of paddlesports-specific exhibitors.

Website: www.paddlesportsretailer.com

 

Level Six opens European warehouse in Holland

Ottawa, 29-Nov-2018:
Level Six is excited to announce we have opened a warehouse in Holland to help expand our presence in Europe. This will allow current and future dealers to save on shipping costs, duties, and VAT on both preseason and in season orders. We have had a high demand for our products in Europe but have been held back by the total costs associated with international logistics. This step will really make our pricing competitive in the European marketplace.

We have received numerous emails, and messages from potential Level Six customers in Europe looking to purchase our products locally, especially our whitewater gear and dry suits. This will no doubt help to satisfy our demand and get our products to customers through the great retail operators they already trust and support.
We will stock a full range of our whitewater product offerings for in season and fill in orders to start and slowly expand our lineup and inventory as orders increase.
This is the first of many steps we plan to take to offer our high-quality products, outstanding customer service, and dealer support in Europe.

For more information contact: stig@levelsix.com
www.levelsix.com