Two days after announcing plans on July 8 to move the production and distribution of iconic whitewater kayak brand Wave Sport overseas to Europe, parent company Confluence Watersports made the following announcement to cease production of paddling apparel manufacturer Bomber Gear, another Colorado-born and bred whitewater brand. Confluence had acquired Bomber Gear in late 2010. Read more on the legacy of Bomber Gear founder Rick Franken, as well as memories from Franken’s friends and family.

To the Bomber Gear community,

Rick Franken started Bomber Gear in 1992 with one goal in mind, to create innovative gear that was warm, dry, and comfortable. His passion for paddling and creating the best products in the world fueled Bomber Gear for 23 years.

As a company, we've weathered changes and have celebrated as our global paddling community pushed the limits of paddlesports. We are mindful of that heritage, and as we reflect on Rick's incredible legacy, we announce today the difficult decision to cease production and distribution of Bomber Gear in 2016.

We are thankful for our supporters. First and foremost, our sincere appreciation goes to Team Bomber Gear. Our talented collection of athletes inspired us with their drive for performance, their energy, and their leadership. Their enthusiasm for kayaking and SUP is contagious, and they were a huge part in our success.

Above all, we thank you. Our loyal customers made coming into work each day fun; it's an amazing experience knowing that the gear we make allows people to enjoy paddling and be outside. We thank you for standing by us, and we will return the favor by standing by our product. All Bomber Gear warranties and repair options remain in place (link to warranties), and our customer service team is here to answer any questions. They can be reached at 1-800-52-KAYAK.

Bomber Gear has always been about the adventure, and it was your adventures that compelled us to be the best for over 20 years. Thank you for sharing your passion, and supporting us in ours.

We hope to see you all on the water soon!

The Bomber Gear Team