Anton Prijon (1929 – 2016)

It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Anton Prijon, world champion and world famous boat manufacturer.

Toni Prijon was born in 1929 in Gorizia and spent his childhood by the Soča River. Already as a teenager he developed and constructed a boat in his father’s joiner’s workshop. He won his first Whitewater canoeing race in this boat. He was among the first ones who paddled the Soča River from Bovec to Solkan (Slovenia). He left Yugoslavia in the 1950’s and moved to Germany where he married and started a family. In 1958 he became German Whitewater Champion and a year later (in 1959) also a World Champion (he was competing for Germany). He was the best in men’s kayak event at the Whitewater Canoeing World Championships in Treignac.

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