From an announcement from Daniel Galhardo on the Tenkara USA page on Instagram:
To my dear tenkara community,
Twelve years ago I set out to change the way we think about fly-fishing by introducing the Japanese method of fly-fishing, tenkara, outside of Japan. This has been a tremendous journey filled with incredible memories, growth, learning, and community building. I am very proud of the success we have achieved so far with tenkara, the community that has sprung around it, and the team I have worked with for the last 12 years. The Tenkara USA brand is something of which I am very proud of. The brand is a result of an incredible amount of work, sweat and tears and the time spent building it will always be a part of my life that I feel proud of.
Now, it is time I pass on the torch. I feel very good about sharing the news that I am passing the torch on to new owners who will continue the soul and vision behind Tenkara USA while allowing it to grow to new and exciting levels.
As of today, I am no longer the owner and CEO of Tenkara USA. I’m excited to announce the ownership transition to the founders and team at Aestuary.
The foundational Tenkara USA team who you’ve grown to know and love over the years will continue to champion our brand and serve the tenkara community. TJ and John will remain your main points of contact and are excited for the opportunity to become more involved within the community. The Tenkara USA team will continue to carry on the mission, but now with further support from a larger family. Over time you will get to know the new ownership of Tenkara USA just as I have. They are a great team and I feel good about handing the reins over to them. I have spent several months working with them and I wouldn’t pass “my baby” on to anyone I didn’t trust to take Tenkara USA to new heights.
I feel strongly that this is the right time to transition the brand to new hands. I have done what I set out to do in creating and laying the foundation for Tenkara USA to flourish. The new leadership is ready to infuse it with the energy and drive you all deserve. On a personal level, I have always thrived in change. I love creating and learning, and now I am excited to have the opportunity to explore what may come next for me personally. And I certainly am excited to also see the places Tenkara USA can go.
Thank you all so very much for the support for the last 12 years, and for allowing me to share the tenkara story with you.
I hope you will continue to support and follow Tenkara USA, great things will continue to happen as tenkara continues to spread.
Tenkara USA, founder