Nelo is the leading company in top-performance kayaks and canoes and the major innovator in canoeing, from boat design to services and technology. This know-how poured into new areas and Nelo now has a strong footing in all paddle-related sports, from Rowing to Stand Up Paddle. Nelo is an experienced and versatile design and manufacturing team that also produces strong composite shell equipment under other brands.
The company was created in 1978 by Manuel Ramos, a former paddler himself, and is now located in Vila do Conde, Portugal. In 2015 Oscar Chalupsky joined Nelo as CEO of Surfskis, bringing his long history of success in both surfski racing as well as surfski design and manufacturing. Nelo has offered Surfskis since 2009. While they were very fast with great ergonomics, the low stability allowed only truly elite paddlers to take advantage of their high-end performance. Oscar’s goal is to revamp the Nelo surfski line, designing and producing boats that work with a broader level of paddlers while keeping the Nelo tradition of providing high-performance, ergonomic boats. The 560 family was the first Nelo Surfski to be redesigned, followed by the new 520, 600 double, 510, and 550. Anyone who has paddled the 560 and 520 can testify that Oscar’s work and Nelo’s renewed dedication to the surfski market are definitely on track!!