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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2019, 01:32:48 PM »
I see that A10, the BP Hydro (their race paddle) is also 8 deg and also comes in a 78sq in blade.


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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2019, 01:50:45 PM »
I see that A10, the BP Hydro (their race paddle) is also 8 deg and also comes in a 78sq in blade.

In that case you can add Werner Rip Stick at 7 degree and 79sqi to the party.
And don't forget that ZRE offers 0-15 offset option to choose from any size from 60-135sqi.
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2019, 02:21:12 PM »
I see that A10, the BP Hydro (their race paddle) is also 8 deg and also comes in a 78sq in blade.

I really like it but you have to be conscious of putting a good stroke. I find that there is some adaptation time needed when switching from a 8 degrees to a 10 degrees.
I prefer it for flat rather than down-wind. I use the Mana or the Salish for that.
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2019, 03:06:40 PM »
The Kialoa/Werner "partnership" won't be clear since both are privately-held companies. It sounds odd, and generally in business, odd doesn't last. If it's not an acquisition then the natural tensions between competing companies will mount. I know that at least some of Kialoa's production used to be from an independent composite manufacturing company in Bingen, Washington, across the river from Hood River. I don't know how much was done there recently. At one time Werner had a fairly deep technical bench, but I thought that went away about a decade ago. Trying to understand what's going on at privately held companies is like reading tea leaves, but generally, announcements like this are not good news.
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2019, 05:38:03 PM »
The Kialoa/Werner "partnership" won't be clear since both are privately-held companies. It sounds odd, and generally in business, odd doesn't last. If it's not an acquisition then the natural tensions between competing companies will mount. I know that at least some of Kialoa's production used to be from an independent composite manufacturing company in Bingen, Washington, across the river from Hood River. I don't know how much was done there recently. At one time Werner had a fairly deep technical bench, but I thought that went away about a decade ago. Trying to understand what's going on at privately held companies is like reading tea leaves, but generally, announcements like this are not good news.

As far as I understand it is an acquisition. Werner is taking on the production of the Kialoa brand. Meg and Dave will
take on sales, marketing and community outreach. Whether it is good or bad news I guess time will tell.
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Re: New Kialoa "Ewalu" sup paddle
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2019, 07:18:40 PM »
Not too uncommon for the principles of the acquired company to stay on for a while, especially if they are as well regarded in the industry as Meg and Dave.  This will allow some of their personal goodwill to transfer to the acquirer.  And, if there is an earn out component, they will have a front row seat.