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Preferred Retailer: Aerosport Oka

Katie Wooster
28th November 2019

Establishing themselves as a key player in the watersports market back in 1998 with their original store Îles de la Madeleine, Eric Marchand and his team were quick to recognise the rise of paddle boarding, opening a separate dedicated SUP and Kayak store in Oka, Quebec.  Red Paddle Co were one of the first brands in their SUP portfolio, with the Aerosport team instantly recognising the quality and innovation of the brand. We speak with the Aerosport Oka team to find out more about their store… 

Q & A WITH aerosport oka

How long has the shop been going?

Aerosport team: Our story began 21 years ago, we started one of the first kiteboarding schools in Canada, teaching the sport to thousands. This is where we discovered the interest in SUP, then came the birth of Aerosport Oka in 2014; our dedicated SUP and kayak store, just 45 minutes north of Montreal on the Lake of Two Mountains. 

The store, which celebrated its 5th anniversary this year, has become one of the largest SUP and Kayak shops in the province of Quebec with a 5000 sq. feet show room and 3 large warehouses. 

How long have you been selling red paddle co boards for?

Aerosport team: We started selling Red Paddle Co boards in 2016, after quickly realising they were the premium inflatables, we had to have them on board. We are now an official stop on the official Red Paddle Co North American demo tour and have a Red Paddle Co dedicated testing day during the summer months. 

Is there anything unique about where you are located?

Aerosport team: Aerosport Oka is situated just 200m from the Lake of Two Mountains, meaning testing and training on the boards is very accessible. The village itself is well renowned as an outdoor destination. Nestled between the Provincial Park of Oka and the Lake, its not only picturesque but the perfect location for numerous sports. The end of summer doesn’t indicate the end of the sports for Oka, the lake becomes a playground for snowkiters, fatbike riders and ice-fishers. 

“The secret to our success is that we are not simply selling boards and kayaks, we are sharing a passion for healthy and sustainable paddle sports.”

Do you offer any lessons or the option to demo boards?

Aerosport team: Being a SUP specialist, we understand that customers need to try before they buy. Our demo and rental centre holds the full Red Paddle Co range, even the Ride XL board for you to enjoy with all our friends. 

Additionally, we offer private and semi private lessons ranging from introductory to advanced as well as SUP yoga lessons. 

is there a store philosophy?  

Aerosport team: The secret to our success is that we are not simply selling SUP’s and Kayak, we are sharing a passion for healthy, environmentally friendly and sustainable paddle sports. Our priority is to find the right equipment for each paddler. we invest time and energy into the development of our products, services and staff training for the store in order to remain the first point of contact when looking for the right SUP for you. 

is there any events you hold in the local community?  

Aerosport team: We have had some incredible community paddling events, including a full-moon paddle, where up to 80 people paddled from sunset to moonrise. As Oka is such a thriving outdoor community, we love to get involved in the community festivals and events by offering free demos and yoga classes. 

any advice for people wanting to get involved in paddling around the area?  

Aerosport team: There is free public parking near the church, just a quick walk from the water. From there. a floating dock provides the perfect space to inflate your board and easy access to the water. Alternatively, customers are also welcome to use our landing stage which features sheltered picnic tables, the perfect lunch spot away from the westerly winds from the lake.

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