Guy Ringrave, founder of Woo (Waina Outrigger Organisation), lost his life in a paddling accident on 24-April-2019.
“A charismatic character, visionary, human and with a big heart. Waterman in the soul. A good friend, a passionate leader, his motto was endurance. We will continue to grow Woo with the same desire, the same passion and the same determination that he has transmitted to us.”
(More in French on the Woo website or facebook )
From the Woo website:
In Europe, the development of this activity was constrained by the very small number of outrigger canoe available on the market. And that’s from this shortage that was born the project Waina Outrigger Organisation in 2009. We want to manufacture IN FRANCE our own models of outrigger canoes in order to offer an impeccable quality and after-sales service. The arrival of new composite technologies has made the canoe ancestral an amazing support for glide and pleasure. The practice of outrigger canoe, which became light, resistant and easily demountable, became THE sport of the Polynesian islands before expanding beyond its natural boundaries. 8 years later, Woo became the European leader in the manufacture of outrigger canoe: we export to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Canada, Cape Verde and Costa Rica, and we are also present in Réunion and in Guadeloupe.