Water Sports Equipment
Alaska is home to a seemingly endless numbers of lakes, rivers, and streams and boasts more coastline than all the coastal states in the Lower 48 combined.
August 2018–Part 1 of 2
Alaska is home to a seemingly endless numbers of lakes, rivers, and streams and boasts more coastline than all the coastal states in the Lower 48 combined. With all this water there are thousands of opportunities for water-based sports and activities throughout the state. Whether you’re looking test the waters by renting or you’re ready to buy and commit to a life on the waves, the companies listed here provide all the equipment needed to get the most out of Alaska’s many waterways.
REI operates locations in Fairbanks and Anchorage and is staffed by local outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, running, and winter equipment, REI offers a selection of watercraft and equipment, including kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards; personal flotation devices, wet and dry suits, and safety equipment; as well as related water gear such as vehicle racks, storage, and waterproof cases and bags.
Originally providing the Interior with water equipment through its family-owned Fairbanks location, Trax Outdoor Center opened a second location, Trax 2.0, in Anchorage. Trax carries a selection of Mastercraft boats as well as paddle boards and associated gear. For newbies looking to rent a paddle board or water skis, Trax experts provide lessons for additional charge.
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When it comes to water and the many sports one can enjoy on it, Alaska Raft & Kayak offers equipment sales and rentals for just about any water sport out there. The company offers a selection of inflatables, kayaks, pack rafts, and Hobit Cat watercraft, as well as dry suits, wet suits, and even paddling suits. Alaska Raft & Kayak also provides repair and custom frame services.
Alaska Boat & Kayak Rental Shop offers kayak and paddle board rentals for those looking for water-related adventures around Juneau. Kayak rentals include a paddle, personal flotation device, spray skirt, paddle float, and bilge pump. Alaska Boat & Kayak also provides guided tours and classes.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.