MAR Kayaks was established in 1978.
The first factory didn’t have more than 50m2 and there our founder, Manuel Ramos, produced his first boats for self-use. As the sport was growing in Portugal the company increased its dimension. After years of accumulating experience and knowledge, Nelo started the international adventure. Spain was the beginning of an international exponential development, based on gathering of information and experience.

These days we are one of the biggest kayak manufacturing companies in the world and with no doubt, one of the best. The factory has more than 2500m2 and 40 employees. We produce mainly kayaks and canoes but also a big number of rowing boats and other composite parts.


Nelo is based in Vila do Conde, a small city just north of Porto, in the north of Portugal. Nelo Australia in one of our worldwide resellers. Jimmy Owens is Australia’s Nelo representative. Happy to help with all enquiries regarding Nelo craft, accessories and maintenance, Jimmy also brings years of experience with flatwater racing, training and coaching to his business. Not to mention his passion for surf and outrigging.

If you require advice on paddles or ergo equipment, Jimmy also represents Gut Paddles and Dansprint, and can help with orders. As coach and friend, Jimmy saw Ken Wallace’s Olympic campaign in 2008 through to success with both gold and bronze medals in K1.

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