ABOUT NORDIC KAYAKS
Nordic Kayaks is a Swedish company, dedicated to the development, manufacturing and marketing of state-of-the-art surfskis.
Using a combination of CAD and traditional drafting skills, along with valuable input from experienced elite paddlers and designers, Nordic Kayaks first build and test prototypes to confirm the theoretical data. Once the optimum design is achieved, NK specifies the best materials along with cutting edge manufacturing technology, to provide you with one of the lightest and fastest sufskis on the market today.
NK was founded in 2006 in Vaxholm on the Swedish east coast, by Fredrik Lindström and Peter Bringby. Disappointed with the multi-sport kayaks commercially available at the time, they set about designing and hand shaping their own, building on extensive experience of all kinds of fast kayaks since the mid 90s, from Olympics K1s to multi-sport kayaks and surfskis.
The Nordic Kayaks distributor for the USA and Canada is Ken Barker. Ken grew up in Durban, South Africa, where a passion for ultra distance running and paddling led him to Surf Lifesaving. It was here where his love for Surfski paddling was born, which included the world's toughest test of ocean endurance paddling, the 4-day, 155 mile (250km) Port Elizabeth to East London Challenge, 6 Duzi canoe marathons, and running six Comrades marathons.
He emigrated to Toronto, Canada with his family in 1998, and was transferred to Portland Oregon in 2001 with adidas America, to lead their North American apparel business. He has held three CEO positions since then, including CEO of Epic Kayaks in 2015/16.
Ken is deeply connected within the global Surfski industry, and is passionate about Nordic Kayak's innovation and performance in this very demanding sport.