The Whitewater Paddler's Holiday List

As the holidays approach, finding the perfect gift for the whitewater paddler in your life might seem like a daunting task. Fear not, because we have curated a list of the latest and greatest whitewater kayaking and paddling gear for 2024 - a must-see for anyone planning their holiday shopping. From advanced safety equipment to innovative accessories designed to enhance the whitewater experience, our recommendations are perfect for both seasoned vets and ambitious beginners alike. Stay tuned as we delve into the specifics of each product, helping you make an informed decision and bringing a touch of adventure to your holiday gift-giving.


Beginner Paddler – A PFD for their PFD!

Indulge in the perfect upgrade for your river fit - a new life jacket. Whether it's for a loved one or yourself, this essential accessory ensures both style and safety. Elevate your water adventures with confidence, knowing you're equipped with the finest protection. Enhance their wardrobe and prioritize safety in one go.



Intermediate Paddler – Stuff Their Stocking with Safety!

Looking for the perfect holiday stocking stuffer? Consider the Salamander - Golden Retriever Throw rope! It's the ultimate waist-worn rescue bag in the industry, sought after for its combination of tow tether and throw rope. Get ready for any adventure with this versatile and reliable rope throw bag!


Every Paddler - Something every boater needs, a paddle.

Voted Best Paddle of 2024 at the World Paddle Sports Expo and by Paddling Magazine! Expect more from glass! Brand new and in-stock are the new Aqua Bound Paddles, Minor and Major Aerial bent shaft paddles. The new rebel of whitewater is here with beefed up blades and daring durability for the most hardcore of runs and conditions. Experience comfortable control with an ergonomic crank shaft and unmatched longevity to perform at maximum power—for the long-haul.



Embrace Winter Adventures: Stay Comfortably Dry

For the intrepid paddler who refuses to let the chill of winter halt their whitewater adventures, we have the perfect solution to keep you warm and dry - a brand-new Dry Suit! Made with state-of-the-art materials, this game-changing gear is designed to insulate you from icy waters while preventing any water from seeping in. The dry suit ensures a comfortable and, most importantly, a warm paddling experience even in the bleakest of winters. So, don't let the cold hold you back! Embrace the thrill of winter paddling with our dry suits and transform your frosty adventures into a joyous, cozy ride down the river.


THE ICON, William Nealy

Explore the great outdoors through the eyes of world-famous artist and author William Nealy. Nealy's hilarious depictions of outdoor sport and adventure will have you laughing out loud. Our collection of Nealy works includes maps, books, playing cards, and more. All hand drawn and written by William Nealy!


We’ve Got the Golden Ticket!

An NOC gift card is a golden ticket to a world of thrilling adventures, top-notch gear, and delicious riverside dining experiences! Perfect for your loved ones, because it offers flexibility that is second to none. Whether it's the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting, the satisfaction of investing in reliable outdoor equipment, or the joy of savoring a meal after an exciting day out, an NOC gift card delivers it all. What's more, every purchase contributes to supporting our local business and strengthening our shared passion for the great outdoors. Gift an NOC card this holiday season, and treat your loved ones to an experience that keeps on giving!


To wrap up, we've shared some top-notch recommendations that would make any whitewater paddling enthusiast's heart race with excitement. From the quintessential dry suit to the iconic William Nealy collection and the ever-so-versatile NOC Gift Card, there's something for everyone. This holiday season spread the cheer with gifts that celebrate the spirit of adventure. We believe that the best presents are those that fuel passion, spark joy, and create memories that last a lifetime. So, here's to the thrill-seekers, the explorers, the paddling aficionados – happy holidays and thrilling adventures!


Don’t forget to grab yourself something this season! Check out our current Fall Paddle Sports Sale running through Dec 4th.


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About Us

The Nantahala Outdoor Center started as a small whitewater rafting company in 1972. Since then, our passion for the outdoors has expanded into whitewater kayaking and canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, SUP, ziplining, and international adventure travel! We lead the industry in outdoor adventure and invite you to read our thoughts on all things outdoors.