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Redondo Beach, CA – September 8, 2010 – Body Glove, Amanzi and the Contrarian Group have teamed up to distribute innovative stand up paddle board (SUP) products to market under the Body Glove brand. The new board line will be available at Surf Expo Friday September 10, 2010 in booth #1301/1401
With this new partnership Body Glove, Amanzi and the Contrarian Group will debut the broad range of SUP board models for resorts, beginners, rapids paddlers and experts. From epoxy to molded boards there is a SUP for every skill level and body of water.
“Body Glove sees the stand up paddle board market as having huge growth potential and Amanzi and the Contrarian Group are the best possible partners for us to maximize that potential,” said Executive Vice President of Body Glove Billy Meistrell.
“Amanzi is excited to join forces with Body Glove and bring new and modern paddleboards to the growing segment of outdoor enthusiasts,” said Corran Addison, R&D and Design Head of Amanzi Inc. Addison is a renowned kayak designer and 3-time World Champion medalist and has competed at the SUP World Cup. The strong water background provided by each team member was a crucial element for both Body Glove and Amanzi when they decided to join forces.
With investment funding from the Contrarian Group, headed by Peter Ueberroth, Amanzi Inc. has been able to expand its offerings and establish its business in San Clemente, CA. Ueberroth, former Chairman of the US Olympic Committee and Commissioner of Baseball, said, “We are very pleased to join in these strong relationships to bring innovative products to this growing water sports market segment.”
The Body Glove SUP line will debut 5 inventive models, with extras that include storage hatches and bungees, and multiple accessories to add to the SUP experience.
Vector – Recreational Racing Standard Class Board. Designed to take you out on the open ocean swells for downwinders and swell riding. Fast and maneuverable you can load this board with several days’ worth of gear.
Glider – All Around Board. Recreational board that converts into a kayak. Large hatches for easy access to the inside and a flip up seatback and heel rests you can paddle seated. Extra room for storage.
Velocity – Expedition and Fitness Board. Perfect board if you’re looking for speed. This paddleboard will take heavy loads for multi-day expeditions, just as well as it will race recreationally at your local event.
Wave – Surfing Board. The ultimate board for anyone getting into stand up paddling for the first time. Wide, easy and stable, it will get you out and onto the waves easily.
Rocket – Work Out and Recreational Racing Board. The Rocket is our fastest sub race class design and you feel it every time you pull. The deep v bow turns smoothly into the rounded narrow full and exits through the efficient tail. Large hatch for overnights and a neat foot controlled rudder keeps you on track through tough side wind.
About Body Glove
Founded in 1953, Body Glove is a leading, worldwide water sports brand specializing in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories, and technology accessories. The company sponsors one of the most respected surf and wakeboard teams in the industry with such powerhouse names as pro surfers Dusty Payne, Gabe Kling, Mike Losness, Alex Gray and Holly Beck and wake boarders Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford, Shelby Kantar and Jeff McKee. Through Reef Check, SIMA’s environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove works to preserve the purity of the waters it loves. Body Glove products are sold in the U.S. by a network of independent retailers. Body Glove is also sold in approximately 50 countries internationally.
About Amanzi Inc.
In August of 2010, the Canadian based company Imagine Surfboards, which has been operating since 2002, moved to San Clemente, California, and was merged into the new company, Amanzi, Inc., following an investment by the Contrarian Group. Amanzi means "water" in the Zulu language, recognizing South Africa as the home of two of the three main shareholding partners.
About the Contrarian Group
The Contrarian Group provides investment capital and management support to early stage companies in the services, sports, travel and selected technology fields and is based in Newport Beach, California.