Flow KayaksFounded Nelson, New Zealand 2011
All the products within the Flow Kayaks range are produced in New Zealand
Richard and Andrew both have similarities in being self coached which at times could have been seen as detrimental to their athletic development but which in hindsight has given them a wealth of knowledge not only in coaching but critically in being able to analyze products, refine them and map future directions for developing products.
Andrew and Richard’s focus will be on the development of new and innovative products and the marketing of these while manufacturing will be outsourced to specialist companies within NZ.
Richard is widely regarded as the premier multisport athlete in the world at present and has been among the most elite of Multisport and Adventure race proponents for almost 10 years.
His resume includes 7 world titles in both individual and team events where Kayaking has been one of the fundamental disciplines in each race.
From rivers to surf and flat-water he has a wealth of experience within the sport and his drive to succeed also means he is constantly pushing the boundaries not only within the sport but looking for potential improvements in his tools.
Forming Flow Kayaks has enabled him to collaborate with Andrew on ideas and refinements for new products and opens an exciting new chapter in his career.
Andrew has been paddling all his life and has competed in nearly every competitive kayaking discipline including represented New Zealand in Slalom, Wildwater racing and Marathon. He has also been national champion in Wildwater, Marathon and Surf Lifesaving events.
He was also a trialist for the Olympic flatwater team in 1984 and 1988. Andrews best international performances have seen him finish in the top 10 at the Wildwater World champs twice and along with Phil Dooney and Aaron Cox won the Wildwater team event at the world champs in 1995.
Andrew started manufacturing kayaks and paddles during his time competing in Wild water events and culminated in him setting up Andrew Martin Kayaks back in NZ.
Andrew’s boats have always been sort after both for their design but also for their quality. He also formed Legend Paddles, which he later sold.