Five Places to Buy Aquatic Gear in Alaska
We previously shared a list of locations where you can get your fix of all things aquatic in Alaska.
August 2018–Part 2 of 2
We previously shared a list of locations where you can get your fix of all things aquatic in Alaska. From rafting to kayaking to paddleboarding and beyond, these places get you geared up for an epic time on the water. Here’s a list of five more places worth checking out:
West Marine’s mission is to be the best outfitter of boating-related products and gear for water recreation from its store in Anchorage as well as its many locations scattered throughout the rest of the country. The company offers products for every water adventure from paddling sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding to sailing and outfitting for a fishing expedition. Items include body boards for those small waves, wet suits, pool toys, and even anti-fog spray to keep your underwater view crisp and clear.
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The Alaska Kayaking Academy guides kayakers “throughout Alaska’s rivers and oceans.” The company also offers kayaking equipment sales and rentals for those looking to strike out on their own. Products include life jackets, paddles, outerwear, whitewater gear, recreation kayaks, and sea kayaks, as well as new and used whitewater kayaks.
Four generations of Alaskans have owned and operated Alaska Outdoor Gear Rental, which rents both to individuals and hotels, cruise ships, the Alaska railroad, tour operators, and fishing charters. The company rents recreation, touring, and inflatable kayaks; kayak accessories; paddle boards; inflatable rafts, canoes, SUPs, and float tubes; and other aquatic equipment.
The Alaska Kayak School, located in Homer, offers paddling instruction and coaching for sea, whitewater, and surf kayaking. To keep its equipment up-to-date, the school regularly sells off old inventory to make room for the new, and the company states its used gear is “typically in excellent working condition unless otherwise noted.”
Alaska Adventure Gear calls itself the home of Alaskan Outfitters Inflatable Boats, which include rafts, kayaks, and catarafts. Located in Anchorage, in addition to inflatable boats the business also sells frames and rafting accessories.
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Few large foundations support “the general good” or social service projects in Alaska, so the Last Frontier has a pretty thin philanthropic layer, according to United Way of Anchorage Vice President Cassandra Stalzer. However, the oil and gas industry has a history of stepping in and filling the gaps in Alaska communities by providing money and volunteers for myriad charitable efforts in the state.