Why Top Athletes Choose Concept2

Performance. Innovation. Passion. Support.

We’ve been designing and building innovative products for rowing since 1976. Our passion for rowing, our pursuit of innovative design for increased performance, and our commitment to customer support have made our oars the preferred choice of top athletes around the world.

  • 75% of all competitors at the 2014 World Championships used Concept2 oars and sculls.
  • 90% of all sweep gold medals at the 2014 World Championships were won with Concept2 oars.

Meet a few of these athletes and their coaches below, and hear why they choose Concept2.

“We stick with Concept2 blades because of durability, innovation, worldwide support, and friendly willingness to meet very specific needs.”

—Tore Ovrebo, coach of Olaf Tufte of Norway, two-time Olympic Gold medalist, Men’s Single

“I prefer Concept2 oars since they are lighter, more elegant, and fit me best. Concept2 oars find the resistance in the beginning of the stroke, row with finesse, and maintain the horizontal line in the water very well.”

—Rumiana Neykova, Bulgaria 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Women’s Single

“Concept2 simply is the innovator. Their advice on how to get the absolute best speed out of my oar has been a key part of my masters-level racing success. This combination of equipment, knowledge and service makes Concept2 an easy choice.”

—Greg Benning, Cambridge Boat Club

“Concept2 oars have served us well for several decades. In our experience, they are the best oars available, on top of which we enjoy cooperation for our special design requests and very good service for our particular needs.”

—Mike Spracklen, Rowing Canada Coach of Men’s Eight, 2008 Olympic Champions

“Concept2 oars continue to perform well year after year with precision production and ongoing durability. We are confident that Concept2 oars can produce a truly world-class performance. The support network is also consistent. Whether in Australia or anywhere else in the world, we know that we can access outstanding after sales service.”

—Chris O’Brien, Victoria Institute of Sport Coach of Australian Men’s Pair, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Champions

“We tested many different oars and have always come to the same conclusion, Concept2 oars are the best. That is why we use them.”

—Will Porter, Yale University Coach of two-time NCAA Women’s Varsity Champions

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, New Zealand

2012 Olympic and 2014 World Champions, Men's Pair
Nils Jakob Hoff and Kjetil Borch, Norway

2013 World Champions, Men's Double
Ondrej Synek, Czech Republic

2014 World Champion, Men's Single

Frida Svensson Sweden

2010 World Champion, Women's Single
German Men's Eight

2010 World Champions
Olaf Tufte, Norway

Two-time Olympic Gold medalist, Men's Single