Ocean plastic rubbish turned into kayaks

BBC one: Blue Planet UK
How ocean plastic rubbish is turned into kayaks
Presenter Steve Brown visits Plymouth to meet Rob Thompson, the ocean activist working with Islander kayaks to clean up the seas.


ISLANDER Odyssey displayed at PADDLEexpo 2018:

Visit this website to learn more about ISLANDER kayaks: www.islanderkayaks.com

2018 Visitor Guide:
Palm Equipment partnered with Odyssey Innovation to develop the world’s first marine waste recycled plastic kayak. Under the Islander brand, Palm will be launching the Paradise Odyssey and Paradise II Odyssey sit on tops in its 2019 range. The project was developed through collaborating with Rob Thompson, the founder of non-profit organisation Fathoms Free and of Odyssey Innovation, who sought to convert the waste material he and his team of volunteers collected during beach cleans and dives. Since the start of this year, we’ve been proto-typing and testing the material in boats throughout Europe and using them in campaigns to collect more plastic and raise awareness about marine waste

TIDERACE new brand manager Ivan Lawler

You will have seen some big changes at Tiderace recently, with the new factory venture with Nelo Kayaks, along with some new designs and Nelo’s seamless construction. Now it is time to introduce the new brand manager for all things Tiderace… Ivan Lawler.
Ivan is based in the UK and will be taking over Dave Felton’s current role. Dave will remain in the background to keep some continuity and as an advisor until such time he is no longer needed, at which point he will be off to enjoy a well earned retirement!

Ivan comes to Tiderace with a history of paddling that goes back almost 50 years to when he first got in a kayak age 5. His family were in the sport and he followed in their footsteps. He says he has been incredibly fortunate in his competitive career and is a retired veteran of three Olympic Games (1988, 1992, and 1996) and with 6 World Titles over 10,000m and marathon distances.

His link to Tiderace has come through the connection with Nelo Kayaks whose boats he has been selling for around 15 years. He loves being a part of the Nelo family and has watched them grow from being a relative outsider in the race world to being the undisputed champions. From one Olympic medal in 1996 they have now reached a massive 27 medals from a possible 36 in Rio! This meteoric rise is all based on the quality of their product and the service of their workforce.

Ivan’s kayaking time has not just been racing, he is an active coach. If you have time there is a youtube video of him coaching forward paddling.
From flatwater racing he moved to surf ski and got a taste of the joy the ocean can give. He says he is still relatively new to the world of sea kayaking but the new range of Tiderace is already tempting him to do more!

TIDERACE Kayaks; Founder Dave Felton at PADDLEexpo 2018

His motivation is to get as many people as possible out there enjoying natures best! With Tiderace Sea Kayaks he believes our customers will be able to have the best possible experience on their ocean adventures.
Ivan hopes this is the beginning of a profitable new era in the evolution of the Tiderace brand.


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


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.


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.


Industry Headlines 2019

April 18, 2019 | British Canoeing
Watersports participation on the rise
According to new research released this week more people are participating in watersports, a trend that has continued for the past three years.
The annual Watersports Participation Survey showed….

March 25, 2019 | Sports Trader
ISPO Award now also at OutDoor
The ISPO Award is a regular highlight at the annual ISPO sport trade show, rewarding innovative products and companies. It is now being introduced to the OutDoor by ISPO trade show, which is being organised for the first time by the same organiser, Messe Munchen. (Messe Munich about awards)

March 20, 2019 | SUP-Racer Mag
End of an era? Pacific Paddle Games “postponed”
Christopher Parker of SUP-Racer Mag about the annual pilgrimage to Dana Point for 11 straight seasons from 2008 to 2018. The Pacific Paddle Games (PPGs), which took over from the original Battle of the Paddle (BOP) back in 2015, was organised by SUP the Mag….

March 20, 2019 | Carlsbad, California
No Pacific Paddle Games (PPG) in 2019
SUP Magazine is announcing it will not hold the 2019 Pacific Paddle Games (PPG). They look forward to working with the APP to bring back the event in 2020. “We know what Doheny State Beach represents, not only as hallowed ground with the event path first blazed by The Battle of the Paddle to elevate the sport in its fledgling years, but also as the home beach where our first fires were lit”

Mar 15, 2019 | ACA; Fredricksburg, VA USA
ICF Awards 2020 Wildwater World Championships and Worlds Cups to USA
World Championships & World Cup Races to be held April-May 2019
The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has announced that the Nantahala River located in North Carolina will host the 2020 ICF Wildwater World Championships, while the Cheat River in West Virginia will host the four World Cup Races.All races will take place from late April thru early May, 2020

Mar 15, 2019 | Deutscher Kanu-Verband
Duisburg freut sich auf die Kanu-WM 2023
Der Kanu-Regattaverein erhielt am Freitag in Peking den Zuschlag durch das ICF Board of Directors des Weltverbandes ICF. Als Konkurrenten setzte sich Duisburg mit seiner Regattabahn, gegen Montemor in Portugal, das bulgarische Plovdiv, Moskau und Posen durch.

Mar 14, 2019 | insidethegames.biz
ICF announce plans to host 2019 Stand-Up Paddleboard World Championships in decision which will anger ISA
The two sporting bodies both claim ownership of the discipline and last year a case was opened at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to try and resolve the issue.

Mar 14, 2019 | International Canoe Federation (ICF)
China to host 2019 ICF SUP World Championships
The International Canoe Federation and the Chinese Canoe Association are thrilled to announce they will host the US $50,000 ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships in October 2019. The world championships will be staged at Qingdao, on China’s Yellow Sea coast, from October 24-27. Qingdao was the venue for the sailing competition at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Mar 12, 2019 | snewsnet.com
Canoecopia: Proof of the power of connections
The annual gathering of paddlers in the USA. Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world. More than 250,000 square feet of equipment and clothing. Over 180 seminars and clinics.

March 7, 2019 | outdoorsportswire.com
Old Town® Unveils the Ideal Grab-N-Go Watercraft for Anglers and Hunters
Old Town Canoe is proud to unveil its innovative new solo canoe, the Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman…

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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!


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