1907Johann Klepper, a tailor in Rosenheim, Germany is to folding kayak manufacturing as Henry Ford is to the automotive industry. Both pioneered mass production of high quality, useable products. And both introduced the concept of mass marketing
1907 Johann Klepper testing his first model prototype on the River Mangfall in Rosenheim, Germany. Klepper’s production-model folding kayak was the right product at the right time. Germany and the rest of Continent were embarking on the “Wanderlust Years” enjoying the thrill of adventure and discovering the beauty of nature.
1910 Klepper’s first factory advertisement to sell his newly designed kayaks to Germans eager to rush out and explore nature.