Confluence Watersports is a family of brands that covers the full spectrum of paddlesports. Wilderness Systems, Perception, Dagger, Wave Sport, Mad River Canoe, Adventure Technology and Harmony accessories speak to different sectors, but share the same enthusiasm for the water. Based in Easley, S.C., but employing over 500 people across the U.S. and Canada, the company is a dynamic blend of passionate paddlers, adept businesspeople and paddling industry icons, jointly committed to ensuring the future success of paddling, in all its forms. To learn more about the company and its brands, visit www.confluencewatersports.com.

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Bomber Gear, manufacturer of paddlesports apparel and sprayskirts, this week named Martin Davis-Skjøth as head of design
artin Davis-Skjøth will continue brand’s commitment to making premium, innovative technical gear for paddlers.
Bomber Gear Names New Head of Design
Martin Davis-Skjøth will continue brand’s commitment to making premium, innovative technical gear for paddlers

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 11, 2013) - Bomber Gear, manufacturer of premium, technical paddlesports apparel and sprayskirts, this week named Martin Davis-Skjøth as head of design. As Bomber Gear moves into the next phase of growth, this top-level hire jump-starts the company’s momentum towards an even more competitive and motivated Bomber Gear brand.

Davis-Skjøth brings over twenty years of apparel design experience with sixteen years of experience in the fitness and outdoor apparel industry in both the U.S., and abroad. Speaking five languages has helped Davis-Skjøth lead and collaborate with design teams in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He has worked in Hong Kong, China, London, Denmark and the United States.

 “Bomber Gear is excited to have Martin Davis-Skjøth lead our design team.  Martin’s impressive background in fitness apparel design at international companies will be a great asset to Bomber Gear. His extensive understanding of trends, global markets, and material innovation will help the brand grow,” said Chris Pageau, general manager of accessories at Confluence Watersports. “It’s important to us to honor Rick Franken’s legacy, to ensure Bomber Gear continues to be known for making the most technical, comfortable, high performance paddling gear, and to continue building a brand to which so many paddlers are passionately loyal.”

Davis-Skjøth began his career at the Danish fashion house, Carli Gry, and went on to work with globally recognized fitness and apparel brands. He has worked with Nike International as a product designer, at Reebok International as a lead/senior designer, and at the online trend agency WGSN as Head of Sport, where he was responsible for interpreting and communicating global active wear trends.  Most recently, since 2010, Davis-Skjøth was men’s design manager for Under Amour’s inline sport and combined training performance apparel, the company’s largest category.   

“It is a humbling opportunity to be taking over the direction of this brand from a visionary such as Rick, and I feel lucky to be continuing his legacy while also building on that success with a fresh inspiration for product and passion for design,” said Davis-Skjøth. “Bomber Gear has always created exceptional product for sports that are centered around pure performance, and I am excited to further that work by drawing from Rick's foundational vision, my own aesthetic and experience, and by staying ahead of trends and consumer needs as the industry continues to push forward."

For 2013, Bomber Gear expanded its product line to include dry suits, splash tops and layering pieces for the touring and SUP markets.  The brand plans to accelerate expansion of its product offerings and colorways, and is committed to making the highest quality gear designed to keep paddlers warm and dry in any conditions.

For more information on Bomber Gear, please visitwww.bombergear.com.

About Bomber Gear

Bomber Gear was founded in Durango, Colo. in 1992 by expert kayakers and adventure seekers who wanted better gear. They began making high quality gear that would let them push the limits and perform at their best while staying warm, dry and comfortable. The goal was to design and manufacture task-specific paddling gear that worked for everyone, from elite athletes to recreational paddlers. Today, Bomber Gear is committed to making the most innovative and technically advanced kayaking equipment in the world. Bomber Gear is a premium, authentic paddlesports brand that continues to specialize in designing performance sprayskirts and technical paddlesports apparel.  Visit Bomber Gear online atwww.bombergear.com.

Bomber Gear · Wilderness Systems · Wave Sport · Perception · Dagger · Mad River Canoe · Harmony · Adventure Technology 

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