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About Us

From its humble beginnings in 1986, teaching whitewater kayaking instruction...

Olympic Outdoor Center has been guiding tours and teaching classes for over 30 years and in 1992 we became one of the first companies to offer paddlesports gear sales online through For 25 years we operated as one business but two brands. Now, to better serve you, our customers, whether next door or around the globe, we have decided to bring all of our services together under one brand, with one website - The same friendly and knowledgeable staff you trust, and gear you have come to count on, now together with our tours, classes, events and more.

Join us as we begin the next leg of our journey.

So poke around, browse the new site and let us know what you think. We are a small team and have worked hard to bring you this new experience, and we sincerely hope you will find it useful. We have exciting plans so keep in touch. From all of us at Olympic Outdoor Center, thank you for your support, and we hope to see you soon.

Here at the Olympic Outdoor Center we strive to provide the best possible experience for all of our customers, through unparalleled customer service, expert advice and top notch instruction. It is our goal to provide a fun, safe environment and community for all; in order to nurture and inspire exploration in the outdoors. Our employees have been paddling on the rivers, in the surf and touring all over the world since 1986. The products we have grown to trust and rely on through experience are the same products we make available to you.

Who we are

John Kuntz

Owner and Founder

John is the man with the master plan. He started the business as a whitewater rafting company, then whitewater kayaking before falling in love with sea kayaking. He has kayaked for 30+ years, from Alaska to Baja.

John also fishes, mountain bikes, and works with numerous groups to protect and preserve local land and water trails.

Owner and Founder John Kuntz

Forrest Wells

General Manager

Forrest is a BCU 4 star paddler, ACA open water advanced instructor, ACA SUP instructor, Alaska Kayak Guide and has his 200 ton Master's ship license.

In addition to keeping the OOC ship headed in the right direction and running efficiently, he is an avid outdoorsman and kayak/SUP racer. He also helps coach water polo, plays a mean guitar and can cook up a tasty oyster on the half-shell.

Store Manager Forrest Wells

Our History

From its humble beginnings in 1986, teaching whitewater kayaking instruction, to a multifaceted paddlesports company today Olympic Outdoor Center has always dedicated itself to its employees, customers, and paddlesports. Our company mission is "To dedicate ourselves and our business to the development of superior customer service, products, and programs, so as to ensure our customers ongoing satisfaction and safety." In a nutshell we want to be the BEST and will strive with every order to get the job done.

Olympic outdoor Center was one of the first companies to offer paddlesports gear on the internet starting in 1992 under the domain We have recently merged the two brands and will continue all future operations as Olympic Outdoor Center. Our long history and experience has allowed us to become one of the major companies in this market serving our customer base worldwide. Our customer service, 100% price guarantee, and our continued efforts and successes in supporting the paddling community separate us from our competitors.

Today we offer a complete compliment of paddlesports events, tours, rentals, and instruction in addition to our sales in-store and on-line.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 236, 32379 Rainier Ave
Port Gamble, WA