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.



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

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 and

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.


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:

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

adidas SICKLINE 2017

Extreme Kayak Sports meets professional media coverage

The adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship celebrates 10th anniversary in October 2017. For an entire decade the world’s best whitewater kayakers have spent the first week of October in Austria’s Ötztal. Year after year, the extreme paddlers gather in the small town of Oetz at the legendary “Wellerbrücke” rapids to crown the World Champion in extreme kayak racing.

Benefits for Sponsors, Paddlers and Paddling Industry
In the past decade, adidas invested nearly three million euros in the realisation and international medialisation of the Extreme Kayak World Championship; 450,000 euros were spent in the Ötztal/ Tyrol region for products and services by local businesses. In the same period, Ötztal Tourism supported the event with an investment of 400,000 euros including allowance in kind. Each year, the adidas Sickline Worlds generate 2,500 to 3,000 overnight stays in the low season. The international media output of the Extreme Kayak World Championship is also extremely impressive: in total the event has attained 10,000 hours of TV broadcast in 190 countries in the form of 56,450 transmissions (news, reports, highlight shows, live broadcasts).

Video: Interview Axel Burkhardt, adidas AG Global Sports Marketing, Director Outdoor

Die Weltmeisterschaft der Extremkajaker jährt sich im Oktober 2017 zum 10. Mal. Seit nunmehr einem Jahrzehnt verbringen die besten Wildwasserkajaker der Welt die erste Oktoberwoche im Ötztal. Jahr für Jahr treffen sich die Extremsportler im beschaulichen Örtchen Oetz, um auf der legendären Wellerbrückenstrecke den adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion, also den Weltmeister im Extremkajaksprint zu küren.

Nutzen für Sponsoren, Kanufahrer und Branche
Die Firma adidas investierte im vergangenen Jahrzehnt fast drei Millionen Euro in die Realisierung und weltweite Medialisierung der Extremkajakweltmeisterschaft. Davon flossen rund 450.000 Euro in die Kassen von Betrieben und Dienstleistern aus dem Ötztal und dem Bundesland Tirol. Ötztal Tourismus unterstütze in diesem Zeitraum die Umsetzung des Events mit einem Investment von rund 400.000 Euro inklusive Sachleistungen. Insgesamt werden in der Region pro Jahr zwischen 2.500 und 3.000 Nächtigungen durch die adidas Sickline WM erzielt. Auch das Ergebnis der internationalen Medienarbeit kann sich sehen lassen: die Extremkajakweltmeisterschaft im Ötztal hat mehr als 10.000 Stunden TV-Berichterstattung in 190 Ländern mit 56.450 Ausstrahlungen (News, Reportage, Highlight Shows, Liveübertragungen) generiert.

Official event website:

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German Market Intel September 2017
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Jochen Bauer took a look  at a cross section of German action sports shops. Find his report now here online at

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2018 USA show dates and location

Paddlesports Retailer, the official tradeshow for paddlers in America, is moving to Oklahoma City in 2018.
The dates of the US event are: 28. – 30. August 2018.

There will be no conflict with the PADDLEexpo dates in Europe. PADDLEexpo 2018 will be from 05. – 07 October 2018 (Friday to Sunday)

More about the US tradeshow on SPORTSONESOURCE:……

More about the US tradeshow on SNEWS:……

Be the first to know!

Magazines like boardsportsource offer essential information for dealers and watersport professionals – like the 2017 overview last year:
(A “must read”!)
But now we are talking about the 2018 season, so be prepared and see the latest news with your own eyes at PADDLEexpo in September!

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