Here’s a run down of a few of the things that kayakers, canoeists and SUP paddlers may like as a pressie from Father Christmas. All could be useful and all are items that I either own or have tested.

Present Ideas For Paddlers 2015

I am assuming that other large bits of kit are already on the list!

Present Ideas for Paddlers


The GoPro range is pretty much what most paddlers would be after if they were in the market for a POV action camera. More cash = more features but the GoPro Hero 4 Black edition covers the bases and have the best middle ground of features. If the price point if the Hero 4 Black is a little too high there are a number of other suitable choices.

GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition

GoPro Hero 4 Session – GoPro’s smallest offering.

GoPro Hero – Basic no frills GoPro that packs a punch.

GoPro Hero+ – similar to the GoPro Hero but with the addition of Wifi and LCD screen.

The world is full of GoPro accessories. Some good, some not so good (or even that useful!). Below are a few of the accessories that I would have no hesitation in buying again.

GoPro Battery Bacpac

GoPro The Handler

POV 3.0 Small Case

Lowepro Dashpoint AVC 1

GoPro Grab Bag of Mounts

Lexar 633x Micro SD Card

Peli Case SD Storage


It’s tough to go wrong with a good book. All of these are well worth a read for both the new and more experienced paddler.

In The Flow

Canoe & Kayak Guide to North West England: 2nd edition of White Water Lake District

Kayaking Manual: The essential guide to all kinds of Kayaking

Books from the legend William Nealy are always worth checking out. As well as being humorous they are also very informative.

Kayak: The New Frontier – William Nealy

Whitewater Tales of Terror – William Nealy

The Complete Guide to Rope Techniques

Basic Rope Skills For Climbers

Welsh rivers.

Kayak – the New Frontier: The Animated Manual of Intermediate and Advanced Whitewater Technique

Scottish White Water: The SCA Guidebook (Scottish Canoe Association)

English White Water: The British Canoe Union Guidebook (Bcu Guidebook)

White Water Safety and Rescue

Climbing Self Rescue: Improvising Solutions for Serious Situations (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)


White Water Safety Movie form Eddyline Films

Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown

Congo Grand Inga Project

Hotel Charley 3 – The Lost World

Hotel Charley 4 – At Your Own Risk

River Surfing 101

Warm Gear:

A great deal of paddling time is spent in cold (and wet) environments. Keeping warm and dry makes the whole experience far more enjoyable.

One the hardest areas to keep warm are your hands. Paddle Mitts (aka Pogies) are a great way of keeping hands warm even when wet.

PeakUK Pogies

Palm Paddle Mitts

Palm Rivertec Paddlemitts

After your hands its your head that can quickly get chilled, especially if you end up rolling or going for a swim.

Playboater Earwig

Booicore produce a great full length changing hoodie for want of a better a description. Great for keeping your modesty intact.


PeakUK Neoskin Pants

Thermals are key for any boater. Wet and warm is fine, wet and cold is pretty miserable. You can go for wool, synthetic or a blend of the two.

Helly Hansen Lifa Dry Stripe Crew (Men’s) – Long Sleeve

Helly Hansen Lifa Dry Stripe Crew (Women’s) – Long Sleeve

Helly Hansen Lifa Dry Stripe – Short Sleeve

Sub Zero Factor 1 Top – Long Sleeve

Icebreaker Anatomica Crew (Men’s) – Long Sleeve

Palm Itunda Rash Vest (Mens)

Palm Malalu Rash Vest (Womens)


Ortlieb Rackpack 89L

Ortlieb Drybags

Exped Waterproof Fold Drybag – Clearsight (4 pack)

Exped Cloudburst

Safety Gear

Fox Whistle

Palm Rescue Belt

Palm Snake Sling

Fox Whistle

Adventure Medical Kit 9

Having a small LED light is always a great idea. Keep it in the car or even better in your PFD or boat.

Petzl Tikka 2 Head Torch

Fenix E12 – 130 Lumen LED torch

Petzl E-Lite LED torch

Petzl Fixed Sided Pulley

Petzl Swing Cheek Pulley

DMM Boa HMS Screwgate Carabiner

DMM Dyneema Sewn Slings, 240 Centimetres

Palm Bullet 15m Throwline

HF Safety Equipment – Weasel 18M Throwbag [Red]

HF Safety Equipment – Rescue Pro Compact Alpin 20M Throw Bag – Safety Line


Palm FXr PFD

Shred Ready Standard Helmet

Terra Nov 2 Person Bothy

Life Systems 2 Person Bothy

Terra Nova 4 Person Bothy


Palm Roofrack Straps

aLoksak dry pouches

Buff Headwear

PeakUK Cockpit Cover