OUR STORY

Mike and Andy Nash, Founders of Hard Core Paddles

Our story is a simple one! We are two brothers from New Zealand who share a passion for whitewater kayaking and also a nature that leads us to question the status quo, and how we can do things better rather than accepting what's currently available.

The Story of Hard Core Paddles started back in 2013 when Andy managed to break two (expensive) paddles in one day, on the same waterfall! And so began the questioning...

How could you make a paddle that won't break so easily but is still light and responsive?

Andy's background in boat building, which involves combining modern composite materials and techniques with more traditional timber construction, led him to believe that the answer lay in the core of the shaft.

Essentially a solid, or hard core rather than a hollow one.

Finally after four years of trial and error, frustrations, and challenges with manufacturing, along with valuable input and ideas from Mike, we felt like we had something that was actually better than we had ever imagined!

So in late 2016 we decided to take the step to manufacturing. Mike's garage in Gold Bar, WA would become the workshop, and using his background in mechanical engineering he went about building all the specialist machines and equipment we needed.

In the Spring of 2017 Andy joined Mike from NZ and together they set about bringing it all together. 

Needless to say this was way more difficult than expected, but by the end of the year things were coming together. Over the next few years we continued to refine, develop and expand our range of paddles and we now offer options to suit almost every paddler.

So In late 2016 we decided to take the step to manufacturing. Mike's garage in Gold Bar WA would become the workshop, and using his background in mechanical engineering he went about building all the specialist machines and equipment we needed.

In the Spring of 2017 Andy joined Mike from NZ and together they set about bringing it all together. 

Needless to say this was way more difficult than expected, but by the end of the year things were coming together. Over the next few years we continued to refine, develop and expand our range of paddles and and we can now offer options to suit almost every paddler.

HOW WE ROLL

We are fully committed to designing and manufacturing the highest quality products that we can and to provide reliable, personalized customer service. We know that there are always improvements that can be made and we value our customers' input and feedback.

Thanks for taking an interest in our company and our story.

Mike and Andy


Click below to listen to Mike's interview on the Tales from the Cripps Podcast

Link to Tales from the Cripps episode with Mike Nash