Sawyer Paddles and Oars joins TU as corporate sponsor

Aug. 28, 2015


Zac Kauffman, Sawyer Paddles and Oars (541) 535-3606,

Joel R. Johnson, Trout Unlimited, (703) 284-9413,


Sawyer Paddles and Oars joins TU as newest corporate sponsor

WASHINGTON, D.C.Trout Unlimited and Sawyer Oars and Paddles announced a partnership today that will benefit TU members across the country by providing quality boating products at a discount, and by donating 15 percent of the companys sales of TU-branded paddles and oars to TUs conservation work all across America.

This is a great partnership for us, said Zac Kauffman, sales manager for Sawyer. It allows us to interact with the vibrant Trout Unlimited community and provide members a 20-percent discount on TU-branded products, and it helps us give back to the resources we all cherishAmericas rivers and streams.

Sawyer was founded by legendary canoe racer Ralph Sawyer in 1967 in Rogue River, Ore., where the company immediately began producing white-water rafting oars. Ever since, the company has been at the forefront of the oar and paddle industry. Today, Sawyer is owned by Pete Newport, a long-time competitive white-water kayaker with a passion for boating and for putting the best oars into the hands of dedicated river runners.

Were very happy to collaborate with Zac and the Sawyer brand, and thrilled that theyll not only be supporting important conservation work on Americas rivers, but theyll be encouraging another way to connect with our nations waterways by extending a discount on their high-quality products to our membership, said Joel R. Johnson, TUs chief marketing officer. Anglers and boatersoften one and the sameare both passionate about our rivers. This new partnership is mutually beneficial, but the real winners are the nations rivers and streams.

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