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Industry Boat manufacturing
Founded 1978
Founder Manuel Ramos
Headquarters Vila do Conde, Portugal
Products Canoes, Kayaks, Boat Equipment
Number of employees

Nelo (MAR Kayaks Ltda) is a Portuguese company that designs and manufactures kayaks and canoes for racing, touring, fitness, sea racing, paracanoe, surfski, and slalom. It is currently the most successful brand in the sport, attested by the number of medals won by its boats in the London 2012 Olympics.[1]

Nelo was founded in 1978 by Manuel Alberto Ramos (known as Nelo by his friends and family), a former paddler himself and the first Portuguese Canoeing National Champion.[2]

Currently the company has broaden its scope and provides also services and products related to canoeing like organizing race events, training centers, athlete performance analysis, training wear, among others.


Nelo's headquarters and main factories are based in Vila do Conde, a small city in the north of Portugal.[2] Besides the main factory and office, Nelo is spread throughout the world, through its network of official agents and by direct sales. Nelo also has a retail in Australia (Nelo Australia). The owner is Jimmy Owens who is also Nelo's Australian representative. Jimmy has years of experience with flatwater racing, training and coaching to his business.


  1. ^ Nelo Olympic Games Report Retrieved 3 January 2013
  2. ^ a b Nelo About Us page Retrieved 3 January 2013