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About KPS

Here at KPS 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.


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 KPS 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


From its humble beginnings in 1986, teaching whitewater kayaking instruction, to a multifaceted paddlesports company today KPS 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.

KPS was one of the first companies to offer paddlesports gear on the internet starting in 1992. 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 sucesses in supporting the paddling community separate us from our competitors.

Today we offer a complete compliment of paddlesports events, tours, rentals, and instruction through the Olympic Outdoor Center in Port Gamble, Washington in addition to our sales in-store and on-line through