World’s Largest Kayak Maker Unveils New Company at Outdoor Retailer Summit

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Hemisphere Design Works makes its public debut this July

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We’re here to cement our place as the industry leader and show that our company is extremely passionate about kayaking culture and the future of this sport.

Hemisphere Design Works (HDW) is now the world’s largest maker of kayaks via a strategic merger between KL Outdoor and GSC Technologies. The newly merged company will be introduced to the world’s outdoor enthusiasts at the July Outdoor Retailer Summit, in Denver, CO. HDW will showcase six of their leading brands in booth #32055-UL.

HDW plans to exhibit 25 kayak models and two of their accessory lines to show the breadth of their company’s portfolio. These offerings provide retailers a one stop manufacturing partner as well as showcases how HDW is far better positioned to accommodate every aspect of the growing demands of the kayak industry, which is forecasted to have double-digit growth through 2020.

“Hemisphere Design Works was created to be more than just a company of brands,” said VP of Sales and Marketing Wes Mooney. “Our mission is to elevate kayaking to its rightful place as a recreational pastime, just like Nike did for running; and we’re uniquely positioned to make this happen with more production power, better distribution, and the influence needed to lead this industry in to the future.”

In addition to HDW’s 50ft x 40ft exhibit booth, there will be many ways to interact with HDW and their industry-leading kayak brands, starting with the Outdoor Retailer Show’s Demo Day on Sunday, July 22.

The Demo Day event will take place along the banks of the Platte River, at Commons Park in downtown Denver and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. HDW’s brand leaders for Sundolphin and Evoke kayaks will be on hand to discuss each brand’s current models and features as well as assist anyone wishing to take a paddle in one of their kayaks.

“Our goal at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Show is to introduce HDW to the world,” said CEO, Chuck Smith. “We’re here to cement our place as the industry leader and show that our company is extremely passionate about kayaking culture and the future of this sport.”

To learn more about scheduling an interview with HDW leadership during the Outdoor Retailer show or meeting one of the brand reps at the Demo Day please contact Eric Addeo at 414.510.4299 or email,

About Hemisphere Design Works

HDW is the world’s largest maker of kayaks and its brands represent a dominant market share in the outdoor lifestyle industry. We are a company of passionate, like-minded makers with the collective purpose of evolving the kayak industry, while encouraging everyone to discover the freedom of the outdoors and empower the desire within themselves to make human-powered moments.

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