Having been involved in canoe sports all his working life, founder and MD Justin Snell has seen a huge amount of changes in the industry. As we all know, retail has been going through a fairly seismic shift. As a relatively small industry, canoe sports have done pretty well to maintain the status quo for as long as it has, but we are seeing the dealer network shrinking and more and more manufacturers selling direct.
Justin said “As a company, hōu’s primary aim is to service the needs of the customer, and making sure that our boats are as accessible as possible. With the network decreasing, we feel that it’s more appropriate for us, the manufacturer, to make our boats available to everyone and not just those fortunate enough to have a dealer close by".
We understand the people may naturally first find our products on the internet. You will see in the shipping cart that there are options to click and collect your boat free of charge at most of our retailer partners. We don't mind if you buy from us or them, but we want to encourage you to use the retailers as they can offer far more personal advice that we are able to and that they can continue offering their great service to paddlers and the general public.
Windermere Canoe and Kayak. Ferry Nab, Windermere - 01539 444451
North Shore Watersports. Tees Barrage, Stockton on Tees - 01642 520234
North East Kayaks and Paddles, Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble, Morpeth, Northumberland - 01665 714039
Desperate Measures, Nottingham, Nottingamshire - 0115 9816815
White Water The Canoe Centre, Shepperton Marina, Middlesex - 01932 247 978
Kent Canoes, Wrotham, Kent - 01732 886688 / 01732 886665
Nucleus Watersports. Clacton, Essex - 01255 812146
South Coast Canoes, Woolsbridge Industrial Park, Wimbourne, Dorset - 01202 914 224
South West ( West Country)
Canoe and Kayak Store, Berkeley, Gloucestershire - 01454 261058
Tiso Inverness, Longman Industrial Estate - 01463 729171
Tiso Aberdeen, John Street - 01224 646872
Tiso Perth, Inveralmond - 01738 634464
Tiso Edinburgh, Leith - 0131 5540804
Tiso Glasgow, Couper Place - 0141 5595450
Border Kayaks, Carlisle, 07448 037390
Finland and Sweden
Bear and Water, Stororinte 2, 01120 Sipoo, Finland - +358 10 4236900