Paddling Industry News

Fluid Gets New US Distributor

13 December 2007 - Fluid in the USA - new warehousing company and rep on board We are happy to announce our new distribution setup...

Confluence Hires New CEO

The interim is finally over. Friday, Confluence Watersports announced Sue Rechner would take over for Interim CEO Tom Nathanson, who has been at the helm since June.

Johnson Nabs Two

JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC. announced the Company’s Necky® Chatham™ Advanced Composite™ Carbon kayak has received prestigious “Gear of the Year” awards from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE...

Legacy Paddlesports CEO Andy Zimmerman

Andy Zimmerman is a long-time waterman. His paddlesports roots run deep. The former Confluence head left the corporate world in 2001. Four years later, he started over with Legacy Paddlesports, the parent company of Heritage Kayaks and Native Watercraft. Earlier this year, Legacy merged with Liquidlogic, adding some serious street cred and well roundedness to the growing company. Paddling Life talks with Zimmerman about Legacy, the recent merger and the health of the paddlesports industry.

Kokatat In The Wilds of Patagonia

An Exploration, by Kayak, of the Labyrinths of Western Patagonia Eager to protect the dramatic landscapes of Western Patagonia, this September Cristian Donoso...

Kokatat Sponsors Papua New Guinea Expediton

"Conservation Through Exploration.” In late August 2007, Epicocity Project team members Howard "Trip" Jennings, Kyle Dickman, Brian Eustis, Matt Fields Johnson, Andy Maser, and...

Confluence Interim CEO Tom Nathanson

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, there was an unfamiliar air of excitement among Confluence Watersports employees, something that has been missing in recent years. Maybe it has to do with better leadership? Confluence interim CEO Tom Nathanson isn’t a paddler. But he knows business and has the respect of his co-workers . He was hired by American Capital to run Confluence because he understood family-run companies – a commodity Confluence has acquired plenty of in the last few years. Paddling Life caught up with Nathanson, who talked about searching for a new CEO, Dagger, Wave Sport and the paddlesports industry.

Telluride Mountain Film Festival Announces “H2O” Theme

Water Crisis Focus of Moving Mountains Symposium at Telluride Mountainfilm Full day of expert presentations, panels place spotlight on water The historic...

Epic Hires John Radel as General Mngr

Charleston, SC, August 22nd 2007 --- Epic is pleased to announce John Radel has been hired as General Manager. . John will manage day...

US Freestyle Kayak and Adventure Sports Center to Host Nationals

Freestylers to Compete for National Honors at New Recirculating Whitewater Course Event Set to Re-energize a Young Sport as it Reaches for...

Pyranha’s Graham Mackereth

Graham Mackereth has always been ahead of the curve. The Pyranha founder developed one of the early plastic kayaks – the Freestyle – and was one of the first boat manufacturers to sponsor a major river expedition – Nepal’s Dudh Kosi (1976). He’s watched kayaking go from fiberglass to plastic, and from 12 feet to six.

Fluid to Continue US Distribution

FLUID KAYAKS TAKES OVER DISTRIBUTION IN THE USA All activities relating to Fluid Kayaks in the USA will be handled by the head office in...

Thule to Recognize its Ultimate Dealers at OR

August 3, 2007; Seymour, CT- Thule is introducing the Ultimate Thule Dealer program that recognizes dealers that “go beyond the borders”, and provide consumers...

Fluid, U.S. Distributor Part Ways

Effective immediately, Go Big Distribution will no longer distribute Fluid Kayaks in the U.S. market. Due to increased financial difficulties and production issues, Fluid Kayaks...

Confluence Restructures Sales Team

Easley, SC, July 30, 2007- Confluence Watersports announces the restructuring of its sales organization. The new structure features four regional sales managers who...

Industry Buzz: OR Demo Day Moved

Open Air Demo's Location Has Changed! OR’s Open Air Demo to move location due to poor conditions at Willard Bay State Park. Due to...

Esquif Reintroduces Spanish Fly and Prelude

Frampton, Quebec – July 26, 2007 At the Summer Market Open Air Demo in Salt Lake City next month (August 9-11) Esquif Canoes will...

Confluence Adds to Team

Boat Company Grows Management and Expands Customer Service Easley, SC, July 24, 2007- In a step to bolster its production, quality, and customer service...

Dan Gavere Leaves AT for Werner

Werner Paddles hires Dan Gavere as Southwest/Rockies Rep and Outrigger-Stand Up Surf Rep Werner Paddles is thrilled to announce effective August 1, Dan Gavere will...

Industry Buzz: Yakima Names 3 New Key Execs

Supporting the strong business momentum of 2007, Yakima Products, Inc., an innovator in vehicle rack solutions for boats, bikes, winter sports gear, and...

Industry Buzz: Johnson Outdoors, Confluence Reach Settlement

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq: JOUT), a global leader in innovative outdoor recreational products, today announced the Company has reached a settlement agreement with Confluence Holdings Corp. that will end a long-standing intellectual property dispute between the two companies.

Industry Buzz: Kelty Sylvan Sport Team Up

Kelty is proud to announce a recent partnership deal with mobile adventure gear manufacturer SylvanSport to head up the tent segment design and construction efforts for SylvanSport’s highly innovative, ultra-light camping trailer and gear hauler.

U.S. National Whitewater Center Earns Olympic Training Site Status

Charlotte, N.C.'s U.S. National Whitewater Center was named an official Olympic Training Site by the U.S. Olympic Committee, with USA Canoe and Kayak also designated the site as the Official Home of its senior national team.

Thule Acquires Case Logic

Thule acquires Case Logic Inc. a global leading supplier of storage and organization solutions Malmö, April 30, 2007 - Thule AB, the world leader in...

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