Paddle Australia is excited to announce that Zhik, leading innovator in the world of water sports apparel, will become its Official Apparel Partner across all its national squads and teams.

Zhik will provide the team uniform for all Senior National teams, as well as Junior and U23 Australian teams, and all Paddle Australia staff and officials. The relationship will also see benefits flow to State Associations, Clubs and the broader paddling community.

Paddle Australia is pleased to welcome Zhik as the partner in this four-year agreement.

Paddle Australia CEO Phil Jones said: “Paddle Australia is pleased to have Zhik join our family as our Official Apparel Partner.

“It will be the first time the two brands have partnered together, providing a unique opportunity for both organisation’s.

“This partnership will extend across the whole sport, from our pathways teams right through to our Olympic and Paralympic programs,” he said.

Over the last 20 years, Zhik has developed a range of products that offer best in class performance, eco-friendly materials and sustainable manufacturing processes, alongside superior features and sizing. Chosen for durability and fit across the board by Olympic sailors, Paddle Australia’s squads and teams will now benefit from the same high-performing kit. 

“We are excited to be partnering with Zhik”, said Phil Jones, CEO of Paddle Australia. “The relationship will not only see our athletes benefit from access to the leading-edge water wear for which Zhik is well known, but there are real opportunities that our state associations and clubs will be able to take advantage of. Most importantly, our values as organisations are well aligned and Zhik’s commitment to sustainability is particularly important to us.”

Mat Belcher, Olympian and Zhik CEO said, “As a fellow Australian brand, we’re proud to partner with the peak body for paddle sports, Paddle Australia as Official Apparel Partner. Our passion for the water has driven us, over 20 years now, to push the boundaries of design, technology and performance in water sports apparel, and to do this sustainably, too. We’re excited to take this step into the world of high-performance paddling, looking forward to making history with our new partner, and committed to supporting all who love the water as much as we do.” 



Zhik is a dynamic Australian based water apparel brand. Founded in 2003, Zhik’s range of wetsuits and sailing gear completely changed the design approach for performance clothing and has been rapidly adopted by sailors across the globe. At the forefront of innovation, Zhik continually pushes the boundaries in design and fabric technology for all water wear, pushing into yachting apparel, from coastal cruising to extreme ocean range, and into paddling and water sports.

Tested and proven, Zhik gear is the winning choice of numerous Olympic and World champions. Zhik is the official supplier to the Australian, New Zealand, Singapore and Danish Olympic teams, as well as many renowned, top level international sailors, America’s Cup and Vendee teams.

Zhik are the Technical Clothing Partner for AkzoNobel Ocean Racing for The Ocean Race Europe 2021, the prelude to The Ocean Race 2022-23. Australian Skipper Chris Nicholson, who has participated in six editions of The Ocean Race said he was very excited to be working with Zhik again.

The product innovations and new designs Zhik created for the last race were ground-breaking for the very wet Volvo Ocean 65 yachts.”

“Just like competing at top international level you cannot stand still and having the latest clothing technology on board is all part of propelling our team to success.”

Zhik technical clothing partnerships include:

  • Official Apparel Partner of Paddle Australia
  • Official On-water Technical Apparel Supplier of France SailGP Team
  • Official Technical Apparel Supplier of Germany SailGP Team
  • Official Technical Partner to the US SailGP Team and US SailGP Team Foiling First
  • Official Technical Clothing Supplier to Shirley Robertson & Dee Caffari ‘RockIt’ double handed campaign 2022-23
  • Official Technical Clothing Supplier for New Zealand SailGP Team
  • Official Technical Clothing Supplier for Canada SailGP Team 2022 & 23
  • Official Supplier to the Australian Olympic Team 2021
  • Official Apparel Partner to Australian Sailing and the Australian Sailing Team 2021-24
  • Official Supplier to the Danish Olympic Team 2024
  • Technical Clothing Partner for AkzoNobel Ocean Racing for The Ocean Race Europe 2021
  • Official Technical Clothing Partner of IMOCA Paprec Arkéa Vendee Globe Challenge 2024
  • Official Technical Clothing Supplier to Alex Thomson Racing for the 2020 Vendee Globe Campaign
  • Team AkzoNobel and the winners, Dongfeng Race Team, in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
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