FOR THE LOVE OF PADDLING
How it all started. Growing up next to the river supporting my dad, cousins, and uncles on some of the most popular river races back in South Africa it was only a question of time before the paddling bug would bite. Needless to say in 1996 I picked up a paddle, my dad’s old K1, and have never stopped paddling since. I am not a World or Olympic champion, but I love everything about paddling and the social connections formed on and off the water. Having paddled in many rivers, flatwater and surfski marathons around the world, I love sharing the thrills and experiences of this beloved water sport with anyone willing to listen.
In 2021 during one of the many lockdowns I found myself stuck in and dreaming of paddling again. A family discussion and some ice-creams later, the idea of bringing some of the best paddling products from around the world and making it directly accessible to the New Zealand paddle sport community was born. And so, Paddle Sport New Zealand was founded. As a family-owned business its our aim to provide you with both cost effective as well as top end products to cater for all levels of experience and budgets. If we do not have what you are looking for just ask and we will get you in touch with someone that can help you.
It has always been my plan to give back to the sport that have given me so much over the years. In 2022 I have completed the Try, Learn, Explore coaching program at Canoe Racing New Zealand that allow me to provide you not only with top end products but also coaching that meets the standards required in New Zealand. Contact me for more details on how to train to complete your first long distance ocean race.
Please visit the Canoe Racing New Zealand or Waka Ama New Zealand websites for more information about each discipline.