How about a little visual inspiration to hang on the wall? The paddling community is blessed with an overwhelming amount of photographic talent, and these photographers are creating imagery that inspires us to get out and experience the world in our boats. But, while it’s fun and easy to click “like” on a photo on Facebook in Instagram, “likes” don’t pay the bills. Photo prints and wall calendars make great gifts and help to support paddling’s hard working photographers.
Here are just a few of my favorite media creators:
Based in Idaho, John Webster is creating some of whitewater’s most powerful imagery. His work has been featured in Redbull Illume and, more recently, in Men’s Journal. Most of his paddling photos focus on whitewater, though he does have some more tranquil scenes of paddle boarding and canoeing as well. Prints available at webstermediahouse.com
Gradient and Water
Gradient and Water is a globe-trotting group of Kiwis who tackle some of the gnarliest whitewater expeditions on the planet. Each year, they make a wall calendar with images from their adventures. This year features images from Laos, New Zealand, and beyond. Available for online purchase here: lulu.com; $25
Tegan Owens is a Canadia-based adventure photographer and is creating stunning whitewater imagery in BC and beyond. View her portfolio here: teganowens.com
Check out the Best Paddling Accounts on Instagram for more photographers who are creating art that is worth hanging on your wall.
More Gifts for boaters by boaters:
Organizations that make a difference in the paddling community.
Beautiful imagery from photographers who paddle.
Functional and fun fleece skirts and shorts.
Screen printed clothing and canyon-inspired hats from Boulder, CO
Healthy energy bars made by hungry river guides for paddling adventures.
Holiday gift ideas made for boaters by boaters.
Have a great gift idea that supports the paddling community? Get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org