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About Nelo


About Nelo

About Nelo Rowing

Nelo is the world leader in kayaks and canoes and is now also innovating in rowing boats

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Due to Corona test rowing is not possible at this moment

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Nelo Ramos

Nelo is world leader in kayaks and canoes and is the major innovator in canoeing, from boat design to services and technology. This know-how poured into new areas and Nelo has now a strong footing in all paddle related sports, from Stand Up Paddle to Rowing. The newest venture, Nelo Rowing, started in 2016. From 2019, Nelo will be able to offer the complete range of rowing boats, from 1x up to and including 8+. 

The company was created in 1978 by Manuel Ramos and is located in Vila do Conde, Just north of Porto, in Portugal. The factory has an area of 20.000m2 where 170 employees work.

Innovation is in the DNA of Nelo. Constantly improving and developing new concepts and ideas. All models are designed and conceived by Nelo with the help of professionals and techniques.

Since Athens 2004 Nelo has been the Official Provider in Canoe Sprint for the Olympic Games. Nelo boats have collected a total of 93 Olympic Medals. In Rio (2016) Nelo-boats won 27 of the 36 available medals

Nelo is proud of being much more than only a boat building company, offering services and products to meet an wider range of needs.
Nelo was the first manufacturer to have a truly professional service at major events, with a large crew that prepares, tunes or repairs any boat.

To enable teams and paddlers to have at their disposal the best equipment possible, Nelo created the Nelo Rental Service, that provides hundreds of boats for race events, handling all the logistics.

During the off-season, teams and individual paddlers can train at Nelo's training centers, established in perfect spots for water sports and fully serviced by Nelo. For rowing the High Performance Center Pocinho in Vila Nova de Foz Côa is available.

Raising the sport
Nelo's passion is to bring all paddle sports to a higher level and reach new destinations and generations. Nelo has already collaborated with the ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) on a program to develop sport in countries in South America, Africa and Asia.
Nelo provided the basic materials, tools and know-how, and sent a team to work with the local population to offer all possibilities to produce their own boats and thus increase the sport.