MEEK PADDLE RANGE
Chad Meek: World Marathon Champion 1996
Business founder Chad Meek began manufacturing kayaks in 1997 after winning the World Marathon Kayak Champtionships in 1996.
" I was completely inspired by the 6kg kayak I borrowed to race in 1996. Nothing this light was available in Australia at the time, so I taught myself to make my own honeycomb K1. After a few attempts and a trip to the hospital with resin in my eye, I made a 5kg K1. I raced and came 2nd in this at the World Championships in 1997 and then the following year the weight limit was set at 8kg for a K1. I had learnt an enormous amount about the manufacturing process and also the benefit of taking risks with trial and error in your manufacturing processes. If you want to make something different or better, you need to enter new territory and see what is possible."
1997 was the beginning of an obsession with manufacturing and innovations. The goal was to improve the performance, comfort and durability of paddling equipment.
Meek Kayaks have manfactured all manner and lay-ups of marathon and sprint kayaks, touring craft and sea kayaks. In 2008 they decided to turn their full attention to specialise in the area of kayak paddles.
Today, Chad still manufactures every single Meek Paddle with his own hands and continues to work on improvements to his paddles and production methods.