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Nelo Kayaks - exclusive to ipaddle NZ

Nelo Kayaks

ipaddle – exclusive New Zealand dealer for Nelo Kayaks

Terry Newsome, owner of ipaddle, is the NZ representative for Nelo. Here on the ipaddle site, he's created a useful overview of NZ's most loved Nelo Kayak ranges. For detailed technical specifications on the many types and sizes of Nelo Kayaks please visit the Nelo New Zealand website.

Terry is an expert on the whole spectrum of Nelo Kayak models. He can help you select and customise a Nelo Kayak to suit your paddling style and requirements. You can contact Terry through either the ipaddle or Nelo NZ website or just give him a call on +64 21 074 8485.


Their quality and speed in the water is second to none. That's why Nelo Kayaks are consistently represented and highly ranked at international racing events.

Lisa Carrington and the New Zealand Olympic Kayak Team have chosen to race Nelo Cinco Racing Kayaks (K1, K2 and K4 Models) at the 2016 Rio Olympics. They certainly won’t be alone. Germany’s Max Hoff, Portugal’s Fernando Pimenta and Denmark’s Rene Poulsen will all race the Nelo K1 Cinco at Rio.

Just check out the footage from the 2015 World Champs Series for evidence of Nelo’s popularity – and the difference it can make to an athlete’s performance on the water.


Nelo consistently leads the world at competitive Kayaking. Lisa blew the competition out of the water at the 2015 World’s, in her first outing in the Nelo K1 Cinco. She was somewhat nervous beforehand, given the completely new feel of the Cinco.

"The Cinco responds differently – it wants to go forward instead of going sideways. It rocks less and propels forwards. At a good speed it sits on top of the water. I need to be aware and have confidence in where the boat moves." Lisa Carrington

Well Lisa, it certainly moved – and fast. A real inspiration to watch. See Lisa’s amazing performance in the K1 Senior Women’s 500m A Final at Copenhagen (from about 1:30) Lisa is currently the Women’s K1 200m and 500m World Champion and on track to win Gold at Rio.

The Cinco builds on the success of its pervious top level racing model, the Nelo K1 Quattro. Released in 2011, the Nelo Quattro saw several gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, including Lisa Carrington in the Women’s K1 500m Race. Max Hoff raced the Quattro at the 2011 European Championships and set a new 1000m World record of 3:22.485. We look forward to seeing many new records set at the Rio Olympics in August this year.


Nelo has an extensive range of racing kayaks to cater for every paddler's skill level.

Nelo design and build Kayaks for flat water racing, touring, fitness, sea racing, surf ski and slalom kayak events. Most come in one person (K1) and two person (K2) models.

There is also a full range of customisable Paracanoe boats and Waka Ama. Nelo kayaks are made to order, to your specifications, at their factory in Portugal. Even the paint job can be designed by you, and hand-sprayed by the artists at Nelo.

Terry can help select the right Nelo for your paddling needs.

Choosing the right boat is essentially about minimising the amount of energy a paddler uses to balance their boat, so that the maximum energy is powered into their stroke. A narrow boat causes the least resistance in the water, and is therefore potentially faster. Click here for a chart that shows the relative stability levels of the models.

Experienced competitors prefer the Nelo Cinco, as it is the narrowest and fastest model. It is designed to transfer a paddler’s power forward from the first stroke, and minimises side-to-side movement. Some paddlers can find it a little intimidating – it takes a bit of practice to really take advantage of its full potential.

See Nelo CEO André Santos, discuss the design development of the Cinco in the video below.

The Nelo Quattro, although a slightly older design, is nonetheless exceptional quality, with a wider base and more traditional feel that suits those who are just getting into competitive paddling.

Give Terry a call on +64 21 074 8485 to discuss your paddling style and which Nelo model best suits your needs. He will be glad to arrange a test paddle for you as well.

Read more about Nelo here, visit our Nelo Facebook Page or the Nelo New Zealand website.

Nelo Order Schedule

NEXT DELIVERY DATE: Early January 2017
Dates are a guide only and may be subject to change.
Group Shipping: We order minimum of four boats to be shipped together. This keeps shipping costs to a minimum. Shipping dates may be moved forward if numbers allow, so get your mates on board too.
Express Shipping: If you would like your boat ASAP we can have it sent from Portugal by air freight. Cost is $700 per boat. (Sorry, Nelo K4 boats must be shipped in a container and cannot be shipped separately.)
Deposit: 50% deposit is required before orders will be sent to Nelo. The balance will be due upon delivery.