Werner Paddles+ Kialoa: New merger for one great paddling community

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Jessica Chichra Zen Werner Paddles
Werner Paddles and Kialoa come together to create one strong paddling brand.
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Werner Paddles and Kialoa decide to come “together on the water” and combine resources in a new merger within the stand up paddling industry.

Kialoa merges with Werner Paddles to create dynamic brand in SUP, Outrigger, Kayak & Dragon Boat communities

Effective January 1st, 2019 Bruce Furrer, President of Werner Paddles and Dave and Meg Chun, owners of Kialoa, agreed to a new partnership between the two paddle companies to create a strong team providing even better paddles and services to the Kialoa community.

Werner Paddles is to lead the manufacturing of all future paddles. In return, Meg and Dave Chun, freed from the production process, will focus the full force of their energies on celebrating the paddling community. This creates a new paradigm wherein Kialoa is now a part of the Werner Paddles family.

Big Eddy Paul Clark Kialoa
Innovator/designer and white water paddler Paul Clark gives the Big Eddy a test run in Oregon’s rapids.

Dave Chun of Kialoa: “Blending of the brands is perfect fit.”

“When we began to consider a manufacturing partner for us to grow Kialoa, Werner Paddles was on the top of our list,” proclaims Dave Chun who has been making Kialoa brand paddles since 2004.  “Werner is a family run, Pacific Northwest company with deep roots in the kayak and stand up paddling communities. The blending of the brands is a perfect fit.”

Bruce Furrer from Werner: “We are thrilled.”

“We have admired the Kialoa brand for years,” says Bruce Furrer. “We are thrilled to be growing our paddle family to include outrigger and dragon boat paddles with the leading brand and leading ambassadors in Meg and Dave.”

Kialoa will remain in Bend, Oregon with Meg and Dave leading the sales and marketing efforts.

Werner Paddles Kialoa dragon boat racing
Kialoa will bring expertise in both Dragon Boat & Outrigger paddling to the Werner Paddles team.

“Together on the Water,” represents the growing community of stand up, kayak, outrigger and dragon boat paddlers across the North American region. With the joining of Werner Paddles and Kialoa, that family will continue to flourish.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.