Bernd has a 36 year paddling history, he has a solid understanding of the need for reliable and sturdy gear. Bernd Sommer started paddling as soon as he could walk. From slalom to freestyle, from class 5 river running to outrigging. Bernd has experienced most disciplines of sport to the extreme. As a German champion in Freestyle kayaking and New Zealand champion in Outrigging, he has travelled the world with his kayak. Now settled in Okere falls, New Zealand. Bernd is by trade a qualified carpenter, manufacture and designer of boats , paddles and surf boards. With a solid German education in carpentry and extensive experience in fibre glass work . Bernd has a good and eye feel for sculpting and shaping.