About Hydra Sports

Hydra Sports Limited was launched by Steve and Ruth Hesford in 2003.

We wanted to find the best quality canoeing kit from around the world to use ourselves and  once we realised how much better it was, we wanted to share that with everyone!

Starting with Vajda, we built up relationships with suppliers of the best kit from across the world to sell within the UK and Ireland.

We focus on slalom although we do sell kit for polo, sprint and wildwater racing too.

Steve has over 30 years of canoeing experience, in C1 and C2 and Ruth paddles K1.

For anyone who has seen us at a slalom event, you’ve probably seen Charlotte, our daughter too. She has been in a boat with Ruth and I’m sure will be on the water as soon as we can find a small enough boat for her!

We’re both passionate about our sport and want other people to love it just as much. We set up a pop up shop at races and also have a business unit in Stafford which is open Monday-Friday.

We also offer advice, after sales support and a boat repair service.