Dave Kalama, along with friend and fellow waterman Laird Hamilton, re-introduced the ancient Hawaiian sport of stand up paddling to the public in the mid-1990s. Dave is a Hawaiian waterman who comes from a lineage of surfing champions. He began as a world champion windsurfer and has evolved into one of the premiere big-wave riders of our time. He is also one of the pioneers of tow-in surfing and, most recently, stand up paddle surfing and racing.
Since his early days in big wave surfing, windsurfing and especially in stand up paddling, Dave has constantly worked with the top shapers in the world to design the highest performance and quality boards. Dave has years of experience designing and shaping his own boards and is excited to expand it into a full line at Imagine.
Innovative designs and superior construction techniques have always been the inspiration and driving force behind Imagine. We take a different view on board design and continually look for better ways to make products. Having our design office in Southern California truly allows us to live the lifestyle and gives us the perfect playground to design, test, and launch innovative products. Much to the dismay of the bean counters back at HQ, when the Surf is pumping or the river is calling, the phone in the office will probably go to voice mail. We all surf, we all paddle, and we are all stoked to be apart of this amazing ride.
New for 2013, we are proud to announce that Imagine is now part of The Pryde Group. Neil Pryde, founder of The Pryde Group, has been designing, manufacturing and distributing the best water sports equipment and leading brands since 1970. This relationship has allowed Imagine to invest heavily into R&D and equipment tooling so we can create the best products available.
“It is important to me to team up with a company that shares my philosophy, ethics, and authenticity…”
We are also proud to announce that Dave Kalama has joined Imagine as our VP of Design & Innovation. He will be instrumental in shaping the future of our boards and helping to grow and spread the stoke of SUP. Looking forward, Imagine will continue to bring groundbreaking designs and construction techniques to the world of Stand Up Paddle Surfing. We see a bright future ahead for the sport and lifestyle of SUP. Come join us for the ride.