hōu are our Brand Ambassadors?
We often get stuck in the day to day process of running the business, manufacturing, delivering, designing new products and speaking with retailers and customers. We have a group of Brand Ambassadors who are in our boats every day, putting them through their paces, using them with their clients and paddling them for fun (we are a little jealous in all honesty!). They are the adventurers, the explorers, the coaches and the mentors. Having their feedback allows for us to constantly improve and innovate our products and is essential for us as a company. Without their input, our boats simply wouldn't be as good as they are. So hōu are they.....?
Head of paddlesport at Glenmore Lodge, Dave Rossetter is one of the UK’s most experienced paddlesport coaches and paddlers. Qualified in both Canoe and White Water Kayak as a Level 5 Coach as well as holding qualifications in most aspects of paddlesport, shows the depth of experience that Dave has. “I am delighted to be working with and representing hōu Canoes. The story behind the canoes, and the journey the company is on, is refreshing and as the name suggests its ‘new’!"
Jules Burnard is an adventure paddler plus a full time coach and guide specializing in open canoe. He is a well established BCU Level 5 Canoe Coach, and respected ‘Safety and Rescue’ provider.
"I am both very proud and excited to be a part of hōu Canoes. It’s a privilege to be involved with such a great new company and I hope to share some of my thoughts and ideas. I love their ethics and the ethos behind their boat designs".
Tom and Anna Sibbold spend lots of time in centres, encouraging and qualifying the next generation of coaches. They've joined the hōu team partly because they have been searching for a boat that will inspire centre staff to love canoeing, not just 'do' canoeing. "Price and durability are challenges in a centre, and hōu are definitely taking on that fight".
As a professional Paddle sport coach and one of only a handful “new” Level 3 canoe coaches, Mike Ryder works all around the UK and beyond and loves seeing people develop their paddling, whether its the first tentative strokes or becoming a coach. "I'm excited to be working with hōu Canoes, the range offers something for everyone and its always awesome to see great equipment coming from the UK".
Bob McKee has always loved canoes, and hōu offers the full range. Add to that we're based down the road from him, and as several of his oldest boating buddies are involved in one way or another with hōu, it's a no brainer.
"It's important to me that any company is connected to the grassroots paddling scene and hōu is. People wanted a Prospector, they got one. I asked for a new OC1, and they put it into production. The designs are cutting edge and hōu is still pushing on and refuses to rest on their laurels. What's not to like?"
Mat Howes spends his season in the Tropics running commercial expeditions into the interior jungles of Borneo and beyond. Aside from the call to the tropics Mat and his team also run traditional Canoe expeditions worldwide with the focus being the Journey and the progression of traditional canoe and campcraft skills to empower all to journey more!
"OC1 WW is my life! Seriously ask my wife…. The hit of running “Extreme White water” in an open hōu Canoe is like no other, each move harder than the last due to water in your boat and just being cooler than any kayaker on the water".
Over the years paddling has taken Grant Dolier all over the UK and further afield to Europe and Canada. His passion has led to him working as a Professional Outdoor Practitioner, predominantly in Argyll, on the West coast of Scotland.
"I'm super excited to be working with hōu. I've been paddling since my early teens and now get the joy of spending most of my time on the water, whether coaching, guiding, going on expeditions or just messing around with friends".
If you feel that you have what it takes to be a Brand Ambassador, why not drop us a line to email@example.com to tell us why.