Ophion Paddles – high performance paddles to serve your passion!
At Ophion Paddles we are creating high performance paddles to serve your passion. Our individually designed and beautifully handcrafted paddles are made from the finest materials available. We at Ophion Paddles are proud to produce in Slovenia just a stone throw away from the amazing Soca river. World class paddlers from around the world challenge toughest creeks and navigate the roughest seas with our extraordinarily premium paddles.
The who, what, why and when of Ophion Paddles
Ophion is a paddle manufacturer based in a small village to the north west of Slovenia. This part of Slovenia has one of the most beautiful and wild rivers in Europe, the river Soča. The Soča offers the ultimate white water testing ground. We have only one passion that drives us, and that is to provide the best possible paddle, using the best possible techniques and materials.
There is always a meaning behind a name. So what does Ophion mean? In Greek mythology, Ophion ruled the water world, and in its simplest terms that is our goal. We are continually testing and developing our paddles with the help of our Ophion paddle team, to ensure you get the best possible product.
So how did it start, well years ago while working as an engineer,I always had a passion to make stuff in my workshop as well. When I start to paddle, the gear was very expensive... so if I was able to make it instead of buying it, I was right on the job! That's how my first paddle was born. Then I started to make paddles for friends and soon start to selling them.. Step by step, hobby become my job and Ophion paddles was born.
In 2005, I realised that what I had designed was a really good product and I should actually put my ideas into practice and start making my own paddles. The rest is history!