about us ......................
Kayaks Plus Pty Ltd is a family owned company specialising in the design and the manufacture of canoe polo kayaks and equipment. Owned and directed by Duncan & Carolyn Cochrane, it was created in 1993 and has grown to become one of the worlds premier suppliers of Canoe Polo Kayaks and accessories. Its most popular design- the Vampire Bat is now in its 19th year of manufacture, and is paddled by the majority of Australia’s, and several of the worlds best polo players and has been exported to almost every major polo playing country.
Duncan Cochrane has been playing Canoe Polo since 1986. He first represented Australia in 1989 and has since competed in 5 World Championships with the Australian Men’s Team, winning gold in 1994,1996 and 1998. He has captained the team on several occasions including 1993, 96 and 98,. In 1994 and 2000 he was also coach of the Australian Women’s team (gold medallists in 1994). He has traveled to several countries as a guest coach, and was the coach of the Australian Men's Team for 2004 in Japan. After retiring from International competition after the 2002 World Championships Duncan made a brief comback to International competition for the 2009 World Games in Taipei- helping Australia to a Bronze medal in overtime over Italy. Now back in retirement he has resumed his role on the ICF Canoe Polo committee as Chief Referee. In 2012 he once again coached the Australian Men's Team to 4th place in the World Championships in Poland.
Carolyn Cochrane has been playing canoe polo since 1992 and she first represented Australia in 1996, winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Adelaide. She was then part of the Gold medal winning team in 1998 in Portugal, was vice captain in Brazil, and captained the Women's team to a bronze medal in Germany in 2002. In 2008, Carolyn became the first female to coach a senior Men's team at the World Championships-coaching the Australian Men's Team to 4th place in Canada.
In July 2012 the kayak manufacturing side of the business including all moulds to the Vampire range was sold to Polomania Ltd in New Zealand allowing Kayaks Plus to continue as a retailer to the Australian market.