Bodie Shandro, who’s editorial and photo work you’ve seen here on PaddleSurf.ca recently has been named Kialoa Paddles‘ Canadian Sales Manager, and Surftech‘s Canadian Brand Manager!
Congratulations Bodie, two great brands that are lucky to have your experience and stoke for Stand Up Paddleboarding!
Here’s the official word from Surftech:
Surftech names Bodie Shandro Canadian Brand Manager
January 1 , 2010 (Santa Cruz, CA) – Surftech, the world’s largest manufacturer of surfboards, stand up paddleboards and accessories names Bodie Shandro, Canadian Brand Manager. Shandro’s appointment supports Surftech’s strategy to continue to lead the rapidly growing stand up paddle and surf markets. With 20 years of experience with such brands as O’Neill, Rip Curl, and Oxbow, Shandro recognizes the tremendous opportunity for Surftech from coast to coast. “In addition to a rapidly expanding core surf market, Canada is home to as many as two million inland lakes and rivers; SUP suddenly legitimizes the soul of surfing in all of us, regardless of how far we live from the ocean.” Partnering with Kamloops based NRI Distribution will ensure fast and cost effective deliveries and on-hand inventory. “By appointing Bodie Shandro as Surftech’s Canadian Brand Manager, we now have the opportunity to not only supply the overwhelming demand for our products in Canada but to also grow the brand in that region.” explains John Griffith, Surftech General Manager.
Surftech is the world’s largest manufacturer of surfboards boasting proprietary technologies such as Tuflite, TL2, ULTRAFLX, Softops, Wood Veneer and Blacktips, partnering with the most recognized shapers in the world including, Al Merrick, Gerry Lopez, Eric Arakawa, Donald Takayama, and Robert August. Pro surfers and watermen such as Kelly Slater, Timmy Reyes, Laird Hamilton, Jamie Mitchell, Josh Kerr, Joel Tudor, Shane Dorian, Sepp Bruhwiler and a huge array of world class athletes all put boards built by Surftech under their feet.
What is SUP?
Stand up paddling is the fastest growing water sport in the world. Stand up paddle surfing has come a long way from its roots where it was first used by Hawaii’s famous beachboys. Fast-forward to the late 90’s when Laird Hamilton and a core community of extreme watermen re-introduced the sport of standup paddling as a phenomenal cross-training activity that kept them in the water regardless of conditions.
and from Kialoa Paddles:
Kialoa names Bodie Shandro Canadian Sales Manager
December 1, 2009 (Bend, OR) – Kialoa, leading manufacturer of high performance paddles names Bodie Shandro, Maverick Mountainworks Inc. Canadian Sales Manager. Shandro’s appointment to introduce Kialoa to the Canadian market stems from the demand of the rapidly growing stand up paddle surf market. With 20 years of experience in the surf and outdoor industries, Shandro recognizes the tremendous opportunity for Kialoa in Canada. “The simplicity and ease of stand up paddling on any body of water is destined to make SUP the fastest growing sport in the world! Kialoa’s designs address all three disciplines of the SUP market; surfing, fitness paddling and racing, ensuring the latest technology and performance regardless of your passion.” Partnering with Kamloops based NRI Distribution will ensure fast and cost effective deliveries and on-hand inventory.
Eighteen years ago Dave Chun began building paddles on his parent’s lanai in Kailua, Hawaii. Driven by the need for performance equipment and the desire to “build the best paddles in the world,” Dave began blending Hawaiian craftsmanship with modern technology. Kialoa now sets the standard in full carbon-fiber stand up paddles built for the most demanding paddlers in the world, including Gerry Lopez, and Chuck Patterson.