We are stoked to have KIALOA as a sponsor for the 2016 Gorge Downwind Champs during there 25 year anniversary. Check out our web page to view the beautiful age group 1st place prize they are making avaialbe to us.
KIALOA Celebrates the Company’s 25th Anniversary.
Bend, OR. – February 17, 2016 – KIALOA, manufacturer of innovative products for paddlers including Stand Up Paddles and Boards, Outrigger Paddles, Dragon Boat Paddles, Canoe and Kayak Paddles, Accessories and Apparel announces its 25th Anniversary.
Born on the island of Oahu in 1991, KIALOA Paddles grew out of founder and designer Dave Chun’s love for the modern-day sport of outrigger canoe racing. Driven by the need for performance equipment and a desire to build the best paddles in the world Dave started crafting wooden paddles in a makeshift shop on his parent’s lanai.
Twenty-five years later, Dave Chun is still at the helm of KIALOA’s design team and leads the company into exploring and using alternative materials and technologies, always striving for excellence. KIALOA was the first to use recycled CFRTTM in paddle blades, a more ecofriendly composite material than traditional carbon fiber and epoxy. KIALOA was also the first to market with LeverLockTM technology – a state of the art adjustability system for paddles.
Though KIALOA’s product line has expanded to include the categories of Stand Up Paddling, Dragon Boating, Canoeing, and Kayaking, the company still holds true to its roots and core values of Po’okela (excellence), Laulima (teamwork), and Mālama (stewardship) which are steeped in the tradition of outrigger paddling.