But it is also about maintenance, pre-race preparation, ergonomics and modifications to the shape of the boat as requested by the athletes/customers. It was all done by Paulo Wellman Russo, a former high-profile kayak builder. Arriving in Pau in 2016, a year before the World Cup to be held at the magnificent Stade d’Eaux Vives Pau Béarn Pyrénées, he found it a great surprise that besides this wonderful instrument, there is no structure in the area to repair, prepare and maintain!
Through discussions with different athletes and some subsequent fixes, Paulo, who is in the midst of retraining, says, “# LaribaOn the rails!
Since then the project has continued to grow. So much so that in February 2022, at 69 rue de 14 Guillet in Pau, he opened a kayak shop. It is open by appointment, provides all equipment for river rafting and recreational, as well as all specialties related to water sports. The repair shop is always at the kayak club in Bau, at 12 rue du Corps Franc Pommiès in Jurançon. Paolo Willmann-Rosso offers maintenance and repair of marine equipment, kayak, windsurfing, stand up paddle, durable and inflatable, or windsurfing.
And this lever for all the same trades has set a new challenge: refurbishing other equipment made from composite materials, such as carbon bikes. It is a delicate task that requires know-how and professional conscience. Paolo, does not repair any part of an accident bicycle that may endanger the cyclist later on the road. Everything is checked and decided with the client. This sometimes earns him some misunderstandings, but Paulo Wellman Russo doesn’t mess with safety.
In addition, it can also do any kind of repair on large parts, such as polyester shell swimming pools, agricultural and plastic and polyester tanks. Everything is defined and found in “# Lariba“.
He can even attack what he calls “Special projects” Repair diving fins, freestyle fins, carbon bike rims, surfing, ULM wheel arches, carbon car fenders, surfboards, paddles, trail poles, hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing rods, kites and more. Which makes him a permanent fixer. And Paulo Wellman Russo is proud of that.