Gentoo Sports was started in 2012 by Paul Yates and Joe Beevers. We both love sport and between us we have competed across a huge range of sports from rugby to tennis and football to athletics, though we both settled on kayaking as our main sport. We understand what makes a product worth having. It's really important to us that the products we sell are pieces that we like to wear ourselves. We believe that kit has to be tested and refined before it’s worth using. If you were to rifle through our kit bag you would find the same stuff that we are selling. Some of the kayaking things we stock are just items we have used but struggled to get hold of again, so we’ve sorted out supply so that everyone else can get the same kit we love. You can rest assured - all the items are comfortable, high quality, and long-lasting.
Meet the team:
Paul is the brains of the operation, with a PhD in materials science he is the man who organises pretty much everything. Paul deals with most of the technical, boring stuff as well as taking care of a whole host of day to day tasks and posting over on the blog. He's also a decent flat-water kayaker, and has represented GB on a number of occasions. Due to glandular fever he has taken some time out from elite sport, although there are rumours of him doing the epically long DW kayak race next year!
Joe is our product-man, he seems to be good at finding high quality products at affordable prices. Alongside Paul, he also writes blog articles about anything kayak related. Like Paul, Joe's also a flatwater kayaker, although he started the sport relatively late after competing in squash, tennis, rugby and cricket. He's now focused on trying to paddle fast, and has started to get a few international competitions under his belt including U23 Euro's, the World University Games and a senior world cup.
Gentoo is a funny name for a company, isn't it? Did you know that the Gentoo penguin is the fastest in the world? If you wear our products, you might be that fast. Maybe. Okay, probably not, but you never know!