Award-Winning (Seriously!) Holiday Gift Ideas for Fishing and Paddle Sports Enthusiasts

Where has this year gone? Is it possible that it’s time to break out the holiday gift guides again already? Why, yes, yes it is.

If you have a fisherman or water sports enthusiast in your life and you’re unsure of what to get them this holiday season, look no further!

Not only are all of these great gifts, they’ve been tested and approved by experts in the industry. All of the following items have received awards in recent trade shows, judged by leading figures in each field.

So you can buy and give these gifts with confidence that your friend or loved one will love it!

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New ISUP Kits on the Block: Ranking 6 of the Newest ISUP Bundles of the Year

Inflatable paddle boards have soared in popularity over the past couple of years. They are quickly surpassing their traditional hard board counterparts due to a combination of favorable qualifications: portability, durability, and affordability.

For that reason, it’s become difficult to keep up with all the new boards that have been flooding the market recently. When trying to make an informed decision about which board to purchase, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming.

That’s why I’ve scoured the market and picked out 6 of the top new inflatable paddle boards for your consideration. Each of these boards offers various tradeoffs to keep in mind depending on what you’re looking for in a board.

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4 Pro Travel Tips for a Killer Hood River, Oregon Adventure

Despite having lived in Montana part-time for 3 years now and traveled to almost all 50 states, surprisingly Oregon was one of the last few states I hadn’t yet been to. (If inquiring minds want to know, the other untraveled-to states are Vermont, North Dakota, Hawaii, Delaware, and Nevada).

I made it a goal at the start of the summer that I would finally make a trek over there. I wasn’t sure yet where I would be going or what exactly I’d be doing, but I knew I was going to cross Oregon off the bucket list once and for all this summer.

Finally, towards the end of the summer, the opportunity presented itself: a birthday trip for my husband. And what better way to celebrate than to take my husband, a former professional windsurfer, on a trip to the windsurfing Mecca of the United States: Hood River, Oregon.

Here are 4 travel tips I learned from our short visit to the Hood.

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6 Spectacularly Spacious and Sturdy Kayaks Big and Tall Paddlers Will LOVE

I’ll admit it, I’m neither big nor tall. I hit my peak of 5 feet 3 inches when I was in 7th grade. I’ve embraced my shortness my whole life, basking in my glee at being able to fit into cramped or tight spaces with relative ease.

So it never occurred to me that kayaks might seem intimidating or present a bit of a challenge to those blessed with more vertical longitude than me. I can just slip into the cockpit and away I go to paddle to far off places.

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9 Essential Pieces of SUP Gear Every Paddleboarder Needs

Summer is upon us and you’re super stoked to break out your paddle board and hit the water!

Paddle board: Check  
Paddle: Check 
Body of water: Check  

You’re all good to go then, right? Well, technically, yes, but not exactly.

There are certain other pieces of paddle boarding gear you will need to maximize the enjoyment level of your chosen sport. You’ll need a way to transport your SUP, storage on your board is always a must, and you’ll need to protect yourself as well while you’re paddling.

Keep reading to find out 9 of the most essential pieces of gear every paddler needs before hitting the water.

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6 Kayak Seats That Will Make Your Back (and Booty) Say Ahh!

You scoured the internet, read tons of reviews, and really did your homework looking for the perfect kayak to suit your lifestyle.

You take it out for its inaugural paddle and are having a blast, patting yourself on the back for having chosen so wisely but then…agh! Upon patting yourself on the back you notice a pain shooting down your neck and spine.

It’s only been 45 minutes and your back and shoulders are killing you, not to mention you’ve lost feeling in your bum. Disheartened, you turn the kayak around and paddle back to shore, struggling more with each stroke.

Time to get back online and start researching a new kayak seat to complement the new kayak you just bought!

Good news: You needn’t look any further because I have compiled a list of the best kayak seats that will have you back on the water and paddling pain-free in no time!

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Fun in Florida! 6 Paddling and Outdoor Adventures for Nature Lovers

It’s that time of year where the winter weather is wearing thin and people are daydreaming of warmer climates. Spring break is right around the corner and Florida is one of the nation’s top spring break destinations.

While you’re planning your sunny getaway, be sure to allot a few days for thrill-seeking in some of Florida’s paddling hotspots. Read on to discover some of Florida’s best paddle trails and other adventures you can enjoy in the great Florida outdoors (don’t forget the fishing rod for one excursion!).

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10 Must-Have Gifts for the Die Hard Paddler in Your Life

It’s that time of year again! Time to make your list and check it twice and figure out who was nice enough to receive a gift from you this holiday season.

Gift-giving is hard but we’re here to make it easy on you this year. If you have a friend or family member who’s a die hard paddleboarder or kayaker, or someone who just loves the great outdoors, we’ve compiled an essential list for some of the most wished-for paddling gear and accessories.

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