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

SYSTEM-X distributing KOKOPELLI Packrafts

System X is excited to announce they have become European distributors for Kokopelli Packrafts from Colorado.

Packrafting is an emerging sport which is growing fast! Combining hiking and rafting, it allows adventurers to see more terrain and cover more mileage while travelling under their own power. Using an inflatable individual raft which packs down to fit in a backpack, adventurers inflate it at the waters‘ edge, and the adventure continues on the water. The rafts weight as little as 2.2kg.

System X will stock Kokopelli’s full range of whitewater, adventure and tandem packrafts. Each packraft comes complete with spray deck or self bailing floor, inflation bag and repair kit. Prices start at €990.

Kelley Smith, President of Kokopelli:
„We are delighted to partner with System X to enable European distribution of our packrafts. We believe having a strong distributor relationship is key to building a reputable brand and having proper customer service in the region. System X bring distribution expertise and access to outdoor enthusiasts all over Europe, thus enabling our vision ‚to create the opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to explore nature in its most serene settings‘.“

For more information contact System X: info@systemxeurope.com
www.systemxeurope.com

Blue and White und Kanu-Out-Door unter einem Dach

Riedering, 20.11.2018

Seit vielen Jahren sind Blue and White und Kanu-Out-Door führende Anbieter für Kanusportartikel. Um den Fachhandel auch zukünftig noch breiter und professioneller bedienen zu können, wurde beschlossen, die Aktivitäten ab dem 01.01.2019 zu bündeln.

Die Blue and White GmbH übernimmt die Firma Kanu-Out-Door. Raimund Bulczak wird künftig in führender Rolle bei Blue and White tätig sein.
Durch das so geschaffene starke Produktportfolio wird eine strategische und zukunftssichere Ausrichtung erreicht, die sich auch in einem schnell wandelnden Marktumfeld behaupten kann.

Christof Langer (links im Bild, Blue and White) und Raimund Bulczak ( rechts im Bild, Kanu-Out-Door)

Das Lager von Kanu-Out-Door wird Ende des Jahres von Göttingen nach Riedering überführt. Ab Januar 2019 erfolgt Versand und Rechnungsstellung ausschließlich durch die Blue and White GmbH.

Über Blue and White
Vor bald 50 Jahren wurde mit der Gründung der Firma Langer der Grundstein des erfolgreichen Vertriebes von Kanusportartikeln gelegt. Seitdem hat sich die Firma konsequent weiterentwickelt und ist unter der Dachmarke Blue and White seit vielen Jahren der führende Vertrieb von Topmarken im Kanusegment.
Marken im Vertrieb von Blue and White wie Wilderness Systems, Wave Sport oder Mad River zählen seit langem zu den Größen im Kanusport. Abgerundet wird das Sortiment durch innovative Neuerscheinungen wie beispielsweise Norse Kajaks

Über Kanu Out Door
Kanu-Out-Door ist einer der führenden Importeure von Kajaks und Kajakausrüstung im deutschsprachigen Raum. Die Erfahrung von mehr als 35 Jahren im Boot und die intensive Zusammenarbeit des Kanu-Out-Door -Teams mit den Herstellern haben zu den praxiserprobten Produkten geführt, die das Kanu-Out-Door Sortiment seit Jahren auszeichnen.

TAHE OUTDOORS and BIC SPORT join forces

TAHE OUTDOORS AND BIC SPORT JOIN FORCES TO BECOME THE LEADER IN THE WATERSPORTS MARKET

Press Release. Vannes, 20th November 2018.
BIC Group has received an offer from Tahe Outdoors to purchase its subsidiary BIC Sport. The transaction is expected to be finalized by December 31st 2018 and is consistent with BIC’s strategy to focus on its core activities (of stationery, lighters, and shavers), while the Tahe Outdoor Group has being looking to expand its activities in watersports, making BIC Sport a logical acquisition.

For 40 years the BIC Group has supported BIC Sport, allowing it to become one of the world’s leaders in the watersports markets and to achieve many historical successes. A new chapter begins, and BIC Sport will now be strategically aligned with a company focused on the same core activities: manufacturing and distributing watersports products.

This transaction will lead to the creation of a new and dynamic worldwide player, with unique industrial technologies across a wide range of products and an international network of specialist retailers.
BIC Sport’s products will continue to be manufactured and sold under license, together with the SIC & OXBOW Brands.

“BIC Sport is very pleased to join Tahe Outdoors, one of the market leaders in watersports, a company that shares our vision and values,” stated Thierry Verneuil, President of BIC Sport. “Combining the two companies will create a new and powerful industrial group, with complementary expertise in manufacturing and distribution. It will allow us to propose to our clients a wider range of products, made in Europe and respecting the principals of sustainable development”.

“For many years I have admired the professional approach of BIC Sport, encompassing both their application of high technology to the manufacture of watersports products and their strength in worldwide distribution, particularly in the USA. I am proud to make this acquisition that will be a win-win at all levels, for all brands managed by the two companies. I am confident in the existing management team to help drive this synergy successfully” added Janek Pohla, President of Tahe Outdoors.

About BIC Sport
Created in 1979 and a pioneer in the windsurf industry, BIC Sport progressively diversified its activities into surf, kayak, kids dinghy sailing and most recently Stand Up Paddle. From its Headquarters in Vannes, Brittany, BIC Sport distributes its products to over 90 countries worldwide, with subsidiaries in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region. In addition, BIC Sport recently acquired the high-performance market leader in SUP, the brand SIC Maui, and works under license with the brand OXBOW SUP. For more information go to www.bicsport.com

About Tahe Outdoors
Tahe Outdoors is one of the most successful and dynamic European manufacturers of paddle sports and kitesurf products, with strong brands such as Tahe Marine, Core, Zegul, Egalis… Founded in 1989, based in Estonia, Tahe Outdoors is distributed in more than 50 countries, and the products manufactured in France, Germany & Estonia. For more information go to www.taheoutdoors.com and www.corekites.com

Gaybo ltd. Takes Ownership of kayak brand Wave Sport

50TH Anniversary Splash Out – Kayak Manufacturer Gaybo Limited Celebrates Its Half-Centenary And Takes Ownership of kayak brand Wave Sport.

20-Sept-2018: British kayak manufacturer Gaybo Limited (Uckfield, East Sussex, UK), marks a mile stone 50th anniversary with the announcement of the successful purchase of kayak brand Wave Sport from Confluence Outdoors (Greenville, SC, USA)
Incorporated in August 1968, Gaybo Limited has been manufacturing kayaks for 50 years. The company operates out of its purpose built kayak factory in the South of England, UK.
Since 1986, Gaybo Limited has become well known for the manufacture and distribution of Perception Kayaks throughout Europe. The company remains a key Partner with Confluence Outdoors and will continue to work closely with them to grow Perception Kayaks in the marketplace.
Over the past ten years, Gaybo Limited has played an integral part in the success of Wave Sport. Initially starting with the manufacture of product for the European market and more recently to become the sole global manufacturer for the brand.

WAVE SPORT at PADDLEexpo 2017

Graham Goldsmith, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Gaybo Limited, says: “It makes me very proud to think that Gaybo Limited has been continuously in business for 50 years.  This makes us the “oldest”, that is to say, the longest established kayak manufacturer in the UK still under original ownership!  What a way to celebrate with the acquisition of such a well-known brand.  It is our intention to push Wave Sport and Perception Kayaks forward together at the forefront of our industry.”

Matt Byham, Marketing Manager at Gaybo Limited says: “We are excited to have completed the purchase of this iconic and well-loved brand. We are proud to announce that we will continue to place significant investment into Wave Sport. The completion of this deal means we can immediately proceed with projects that have been in development for a number of years… the first new kayak under the new ownership will be the ‘Phoenix’ – a Wave Sport whitewater kayak due for release later this year.”

To see the current range of Wave Sport kayaks, visit: www.WaveSport.com


More About Gaybo Limited
Gaybo Limited has a rich pedigree of exceptional achievements on the water with numerous first expedition descents, World Champions and Olympic Gold medal winning performances. A reputation for industry leading quality remains constant.  In the pursuit of perfection, it has pioneered the use of some of the most important materials in the development of canoeing; for instance, introducing Kevlar in competition kayaks in the 1970’s and more recently introducing Superlinear Polyethylene into the roto-moulding market.

More About Wave Sport
More than 30 years on from the very first Wave Sport kayak, the success of this leading kayak brand continues. In 1986, founder Chan Zwanzig conceived a vision of creating innovative whitewater kayak designs to bring the energy and passion of other outdoor sports into the paddlesports realm. This vision has steered whitewater paddling as we know it, producing many iconic and revolutionary designs over the years. Today this ethos for passion and energy still stands true… it’s always been about more than just the perfect wave or the cleanest waterfall; it’s also about the journey.


Find the latest Wave Sport products at PADDLEexpo 2018 on the Blue & White’s booth, hall 7A, stand I-54

Nookie Enamel Mug & Cornish Cider

The smallest new addition to the Nookie range is the unbreakable adventure mug.
Characterful laser etched enamel coated, heavy-duty, stainless steel mug. Designed to get even more attractive with age, each chip and imperfection brings a new level of uniqueness to each of these mugs. Heat and chemical resistance is achieved with a fused-glass coating.

Perfect for your favourite brew, hot or cold.

Nookie will be serving their chilled local Cornish Cider in these lovely mugs at PADDLEexpo this year. So come and say hi…

NOOKIE: PADDLEexpo 2018, Stand G28
www.nookie.co.uk