Andi Uhl – He is the owner of Topline Agencies and responsible for this blog and paddle-power.nz gear catalogue. Andi moved from Germany to New Zealand in 1992. Back then, technical whitewater gear and modern kayaks were very hard to find in NZ.
In 1995, Andi started the company after he saw a demand in New Zealand for good quality whitewater equipment. Being an accomplished whitewater kayaker himself with extensive experience gathered on European rivers in the 1980s and early 90s, he was very familiar with European brands which are still key to the business. Over the years, he added brands from the USA and Canada to the lines.
Andi always selected suppliers that manufacture good quality gear and stand 100% behind their product. This allowed him to provide Kiwi paddlers with a choice of some of the best equipment on the market, and provide excellent support in the unlikely event that things go wrong with an article.
Andi’s passion has always been whitewater kayaking and the majority of products on offer reflect this. Andi still paddles most days on his home run, the Kaituna River, coaching his kids to be his personal safety kayakers for days to come; or you may bump into him on a flooded river in his backyard, the Kaimai Hills in the Bay of Plenty.
paddle-power.com – This domain used to host a web catalogue for all products imported. I built the original site in 1998 to offer shops and their customers an easily accessible brochure, showing all products that are on hand.
In 2018 paddle-power.com was diverted to my new paddle-power.nz domain which hosts a shopping cart and some nifty little features for approved dealers. And now, feeling like I want to tell some tall stories to anyone who cares, it’s been turned into a blog site. Enjoy! And if you get bored, just go back to FB 🙂
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