Kim Beaumont is truly a person who loves what she’s doing. A native New Zealander, Kim has instilled her two kayak, stand-up paddleboard and surf shops, each called Downunder, with genuine Kiwi hospitality. From the moment you walk into either shop (one on the Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT and a new one on the Saugatuck River in Westport, CT), you’re treated like family.
“The native people of New Zealand, the Mãori, have a word called whãnau, which means ‘family,’” Kim explains. “Family is very, very special to them. It’s a collective unit so everybody’s part of the family, and that’s what we try to at Downunder. Everybody’s looking for something fun to do, and we’re here to help you and make sure you have a really good time.”