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World Famous Winners

VAN DUSEN RACING BOATS in International and US Competitions


Greg Barton and Norman Bellingham |  1988 Olympics

In 1986 we designed and manufactured a new fleet of flatwater kayaks and canoes for the 1988 Olympic Games. Our first kayak designs, the Eagle and the Falcon, helped Greg Barton and Norman Bellingham win the first World Championship and Olympic gold medals in US paddling history.

Our kayaks and canoes have been raced by competitors from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. We are proud that our products help these athletes achieve victory on the race course. In the 1996 Olympics Van Dusen kayaks won over half of the medals awarded.

Read Barton & Bellingham’s Story in The Canoeist


Josefa Idem  |  Athens Olympics 2001

Josefa Idem won a silver medal in the Women’s K1 500m Athén 2001 Olympics.