"WHILST COMPETING ON THE KAYAK AND SURFSKI RACING CIRCUIT, I WAS NEVER SATISFIED HAVING TO RELY ON KIT DESIGNED FOR OTHER SPORTS... SO I DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT..!"

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Meet MARK RESSEL – best known to everyone simply as ‘Res’, the founder of ICON. Growing up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, surfing and paddlesport are naturally engrained into his DNA, ICON has become the personification of the man, and boy...

"One day during a challenging training paddle session, it hit me: 'Paddlers are compromising their performance having to make do with kit made for other sports!'After having established ICON as a leader in manufacturing of custom-designed ILS surfskis, by 2013 I had embarked on another new journey for ICON, designing apparel and equipment tailored specifically to the needs of performance paddlers.First on my list was the introduction of our range of MicroSense base layers.

Then, it was onto spray decks & pogies – of the likes never seen on the market before. By 2016 we had 30 different products for performance paddlesport in just 3 years, including seamless Lycra and Neoprene shorts, tights and leggings; and most importantly of all, our most innovative performance paddlesport designs, the XO-Flex jacket and Pro-X base layer.

I hope you will agree with me, the journey so far has been worth it...

Happy paddling!

#passionperformance

ICON KIT IS UNIQUELY DESIGNED FOR PERFORMANCE PADDLESPORT BY PERFORMANCE PADDLERS, WITH NEWLY TAILORED INNOVATIONS BEING DEVELOPED ALL THE TIME....  

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At ICON we’re busy making kit that improves performance for those of us with paddles in our hands…

Our XO-Flex Speedskin Jacket and Pro-X MicroSense Base Layers are just two examples of where we dare to defy convention, bringing new innovation to performance paddlesport – competition or otherwise. In fact, by bringing the words ‘performance’ and ‘paddlesport’ together as one term, we believe we are now even better able to define the needs of who it is we are making kit for, whether they be Racing Canoeists (C1/C2/Outrigger); Sprint and Marathon Racing Kayakers (K1/K2/K3/K4); ILS and Ocean Surfski Paddlers; Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUP); or even for paddleboarders lying flat, i.e. Prone.

Look out for our ‘ICONnovation’ stamp for products that have been designed uniquely for performance paddlesport.

TEAM ICON

FOUNDER

"Whilst competing on the kayak and surfski racing circuit, I was never satisfied having to rely on kit designed for other sports... so I decided to do something about it..!"

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Meet MARK RESSEL – best known to everyone simply as ‘Res’, the founder of ICON. Growing up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, surfing and paddlesport are naturally engrained into his DNA, ICON has become the personification of the man, and boy...

"One day during a challenging training paddle session, it hit me: 'Paddlers are compromising their performance having to make do with kit made for other sports!'

After having established ICON as a leader in manufacturing of custom-designed ILS surfskis, by 2013 I had embarked on another new journey for ICON, designing apparel and equipment tailored specifically to the needs of performance paddlers.

First on my list was the introduction of our range of MicroSense base layers. Then, it was onto spray decks & pogies – of the likes never seen on the market before. By 2018 we had 30 different products for performance paddlesport in just 3 years, including seamless Lycra and Neoprene shorts, tights and leggings; and most importantly of all, our most innovative performance paddlesport designs, the XO-Flex jacket and Pro-X base layer.

I hope you will agree with me, the journey so far has been worth it...

#passionperformance

WE RELY ON THE INVALUABLE FEEDBACK FROM OUR ICON PERFORMANCE PADDLERS TO INSPIRE US IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO…

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ICON is very proud to be able to work with world-class paddlers to get the insight we need to develop the products that aim to improve performance.  

The amazing XO-Flex Speedskin Jacket and Pro-X MicroSense base layers are just two examples of where we dare to defy convention, bringing new innovation to performance paddlesport – competition or otherwise. In fact, by bringing the words ‘performance’ and ‘paddlesport’ together as one term, we believe we are now even better able to define the needs of who it is we are making kit for, whether they be: Racing Canoeists (C1/C2/Outrigger); Sprint and Marathon Racing Kayakers (K1/K2/K3/K4); ILS and Ocean Surfski Paddlers; Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUP); including Prone Paddleboarders lying flat.

Look out for our products that have been designed uniquely for performance paddlesport.

ICON FOR WOMEN

ICON IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT OUR APPAREL CLOTHING DESIGNS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN STYLES MADE FOR WOMEN.

ICON CLASSIC

THE ICON CLASSIC IS BRITAIN’S BEST KNOWN ANNUAL DOWNWIND OCEAN PADDLESPORT RACE FOR SURFSKI, SUP, OUTRIGGER & PADDLEBOARD...

COACHING

DEVELOP YOUR TECHNICAL SKILLS FOR BOTH SPRINT, MARATHON AND OCEAN PADDLING WITH PERSONALISED PERFORMANCE TRAINING PROGRAMMES, WITH ICON FOUNDER AND INTERNATIONAL RACER, MARK RESSEL...

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"With 25 years of coaching surf life saving as well as ski paddling, I can’t recommend practical tuition enough...

...Talking technique only gets you so far. On the water tuition is the icing on the cake. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can develop your basic surf and down wind ocean skills.

If you fancy paddling on the North Devon coast for a ‘one to one’ or small group session, look no further. A bespoke ‘Res’perience’ coaching package can be put together to suit your needs and provide the perfect opportunity to practice and perfect your skills."

– Mark Ressel

 Coaching sessions local to you also available on request.

INNOVATION

ICON kit is uniquely designed for performance paddlesport by performance paddlers, with newly tailored innovations being developed all the time...

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The amazing XO-Flex Speedskin Jacket and Pro-X MicroSense base layers are just two examples of where we dare to defy convention, bringing new innovation to performance paddlesport – competition or otherwise. In fact, by bringing the words ‘performance’ and ‘paddlesport’ together as one term, we believe we are now even better able to define the needs of who it is we are making kit for, whether they be: Racing Canoeists (C1/C2/Outrigger); Sprint and Marathon Racing Kayakers (K1/K2/K3/K4); ILS and Ocean Surfski Paddlers; Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUP); including Prone Paddleboarders lying flat.

Look out for our products that have been designed uniquely for performance paddlesport.

TEAM ICON

We rely on the invaluable feedback from our ICON performance paddlers to inspire us in everything that we do...  

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ICON is very proud to be able to work with world-class paddlers to get the insight we need to develop the products we're passionate about.

Before taking a product to market, prototypes are tested thoroughly by our team of ambassadors so we can fine-tune designs to meet the needs unique to performance paddlers.

Team ICON is made up of carefully select paddlers to test products from across performance paddlesport disciplines, giving us the broadest possible perspective. Notable paddlers include Olympic K2 silver medalist, Jonathan Schofield; K1 European Junior Champion, K1 World and European Junior Champion, Ieuan James; - time K1 Olympic finalist, Jessica Walker. ICON is also proudly supplying our full range of kit to the Spanish Canoeing Federation, including XO-Flex Jackets and Sprint-Pro Racing Spraydecks.

Remember to follow us on social media to see who else is paddling in our test team! (See links in footer!)

ICON FOR WOMEN

ICON is committed to ensuring that as many of our apparel designs are also available in styles made for women paddlers.

ICON CLASSIC

Britain’s best known annual downwind ocean paddlesport race for surfski, SUP, outrigger & paddleboard...

COACHING

Develop your technical paddling skills with personalised performance training programmes from ICON founder and international racer, Mark Ressel…

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"With 25 years of coaching surf life saving as well as ski paddling, I can’t recommend practical tuition enough.

Talking technique only gets you so far. On the water tuition is the icing on the cake. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can develop your basic surf and down wind ocean skills.

If you fancy paddling on the North Devon coast for a ‘one to one’ or small group session, look no further. A bespoke ‘Res’perience’ coaching package can be put together to suit your needs and provide the perfect opportunity to practice and perfect your skills."

– Mark Ressel

 Coaching sessions local to you also available on request.