Ca­noe­ing SA first with gear rentals

The Witness - - SPORT - Game­plan Me­dia.

AS pad­dlers across the coun­try re­turn to the wa­ter to train and com­pete, Ca­noe­ing South Africa have signed a com­mer­cial deal with Aus­tralian surf, bike and snow peer-to-peer gear rental com­pany Quipmo to make it eas­ier for lo­cals and trav­el­ling pad­dlers of all abil­i­ties to get ac­cess to great ca­noes and equip­ment.

The idea be­hind the part­ner­ship is to grow the pad­dling community in South Africa by giv­ing more peo­ple ac­cess to equip­ment at good rates. It gives both shops and in­di­vid­u­als the op­por­tu­nity to make money by leas­ing out of equip­ment that they al­ready own.

Pres­i­dent of Ca­noe­ing South Africa Kim Po­ple be­lieves peerto-peer gear rentals will open doors for many new pad­dlers and start a new trend in South Africa for other sport­ing codes.

“We are ex­cited to be part­ner­ing with Quipmo at this time be­cause noth­ing is nor­mal,” Po­ple said.

“We are also happy to be lead­ing the way in South Africa in try­ing some­thing new and hope­fully tak­ing our sport to a much wider au­di­ence.”

Quipmo and the Ca­noe­ing South Africa have plans to get more peo­ple pad­dling and to sub­stan­tially im­prove ac­cess to gear in South Africa.

Whether it’s at the grass­roots and get­ting kids to try a ca­noe on hol­i­days or it’s giv­ing ac­cess to the lat­est gear re­leases through demon­stra­tion mod­els, this part­ner­ship in­tends to get more peo­ple onto the wa­ter and pas­sion­ate about pad­dling.

“We’re thrilled to be part­ner­ing with a top tier or­gan­i­sa­tion who are at the fore­front of pad­dling across all dis­ci­plines in South Africa,” Quipmo’s founder and CEO Chris Evans said.

“No coun­try of­fers ad­ven­ture like South Africa and we’re stoked to be work­ing with peo­ple who are just as pas­sion­ate about the wa­ter as we are.”

“No coun­try of­fers ad­ven­ture like South Africa and we’re stoked to be work­ing with peo­ple who are just as pas­sion­ate about the wa­ter as we are.”

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