Vaikobi is extremely excited to announce that two of the worlds best ocean ski paddlers, Tim Jacobs and Murray Stewart, have officially joined the Vaikobi team.
Both Tim and Murray have been instrumental in the product development of the Vaikobi range over the past twelve months and as the brand is now officially launching, it is extremely exciting to have these two paddlers become ambassadors for the Vaikobi brand within the sport of paddling.
Tim is considered one of the worlds best Ocean Ski paddlers and is a six times winner of the iconic 20 beaches race as well has being a two time winner of the Dragon Run in Hong Kong amongst many other international victories. Tim is presently a New South Wales Institute of Sport Kayak Coach and coached a group of Australia’s best paddlers in the successful London 2012 Olympics campaign. He has also held the role of Head Coach at Freshwater Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
Pat Langley from Vaikobi commented that "Tim has been instrumental in the development of the Vaikobi range from day one with a strong eye for detail on what makes a difference to your performance when on the water. To have Tim's advice in developing our product both now and in the future, is invaluable for our brand, which seeks to create the worlds best ocean paddling range available in the market".
Murray Stewart is Vaikobi's Olympic Gold Medalist, after securing victory in the Australian K4 team at the London Olympic games. Murray also competes in the K1 & K2 divisions and is the current Australian champion in both the K2 & K4 1000.
Away from the water, Stewart is also a successful academic having graduated from his Masters of Architecture at the University of Sydney in early 2012 where he had been a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s scholarship for academic and sporting success.
Like the majority of Australia’s sprint paddlers, Stewart got into the sport from surf lifesaving. In 2009, he won the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships – the win was the first for his club Manly since 1948.
Pat from Vaikobi; " Murray is obviously one of the worlds best sprint kayak paddlers in the world at the moment and is giving Vaikobi the opportunity to learn more about the requirements of the elite paddlers competing and training at Olympic level. What makes Murray special is his ability across all spectrums of paddling, with a strong background in Ocean ski and surf life saving, Murray is able to provide a wealth of experience to Vaikobi".