North East Kayaks and Paddles gets a new website.
Who are HB Canoes & Kayaks? Tell us a little about the company and its history.
HB Canoes and Kayaks is Herefordshire and Borders Canoes and kayaks, a long name which does not fit in forms on on cheques very often but was used because it described the area we aimed to serve.
The company owned by Philippa and Paul Hale started out in 2004 (TEN years ago!) and was basically a farm diversification that spawned from Philippas family connections in the marine, boating and paddlesport sectors. At the time they knew they wanted to do something different utilising the farm space they had, and that was when the seed of a canoe and kayak shop was planted. It was discussed that there was nobody in this area, servicing the paddlers of the Wye Valley and Welsh Border. After a lot of research it was decided that it was a great idea.
Who are Robin Hood Watersports? Tell us a little about the company and its history.
A family run business first opened in a garage at Robin Hood cottage over 30 years ago. These were the beginnings of the business but we now trade from our purpose built premises which are located just south of Leeds, UK. Just off junction 27 of the M62. We specialize in a number of Watersports from scuba diving to windsurfing and of course kayaking and canoeing. We also stock a large amount of snowboarding gear for those colder winter months.
Who are South Coast Canoes? Tell us a little about the company and its history.
We are an independent, family run company that had it’s inception in May 2014. We are a well stocked specialist canoe and kayak store in Dorset in a handy location for customers from Poole, Bournemouth and the south coast. We also sell online to customers throughout the UK and abroad. As well as all different types of kayaks, canoes and sit-on-tops we also sell all the equipment and accessories you will need to be safe on the water. From sea kayakers and sit-on-top fishermen to whitewater paddlers and family adventurers, we have something for everyone! All our staff are active paddlers and you can be assured of the very best advice whether you are looking to purchase your first canoe or kayak or are looking for some safety equipment and advice. Complementary to our sales we also offer a wide range of affordable and practical paddlesport courses to meet both your needs and your budget.
Is there one unique selling point you guys want to shout about?
Unique selling point – Very knowledgeable and friendly owner/director who paddles and active coaches when he can.
I travelled just under two hours North for the official opening of North East Kayaks and Paddles. When you travel so far to a store you hope that the range of stock is up to scratch and that your journey hasn’t been wasted. This was certainly the case today. Loads of kit from Palm, PeakUK, Nookie, HF, Werner, Robson, Dagger, Pyranha, P&H, Wavesport, Liquid Logic, Sweet, Shredready plus lots more. There seemed to be plenty of stock and a wide range of sizes and colours. Here are a few shots from today.
The image below shows owner Jonathan Priest with Pyranha founder & owner Graham Mackereth .