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What our clients are saying...

"Thanks Nate for an amazing experience on the river! Potomac River Outfitters is the best and will share all of the great things you do with my friends and family. The instruction was superb, the group was inviting and friendly, and the river was perfectly challenging. I learned so much, thank you"

- Joe Smith, Beginner Kayak Class

End of the Year, Start of a New One…..

Hi All,

It is that time of year when folks go on about how their years went and goals for the next. I will be short  think.  I have been having a bit of trouble finding the right words of late.  This evening finds me in Asheville in my moms driveway at 41 years old with my brother and his family who are helping me finish out the back of the van.  We have a New Years day paddle coming up and plenty of you have been to rolling. I simply want to say thank you to each of you for joining me on the river this past season and I of course would love to see you next season too.  Here are a few things that we plan on coming up this season. Sometime or another Desiree or I will throw some things not the calendar.

Vansion Ambiance, so Cozy. Thats a bath robe!
Vansion Ambiance, so Cozy. Thats a bath robe!
  • New Years Day Paddle  – Hey this is fun all the schools will be hooking up together to run a community paddle. Options for multiple skill levels.  There will be ice in beards, frozen skirts, maybe fire, some snacks and beverages, and maybe an axe or two.


  • Pool Rolling in Jan, Feb, and March. Team River Runner is doing us the honor of hopping in our pool session and we plan to get some of the vets rolling. The plan is for them to paddle the Grand Canyon in the Fall. We are super happy to help out.


  • We have a couple of Asheville Trips coming up in the Spring, with the help of some of our advanced students we have really honed and ironed out the logistics to paddle. You wont even have to take a day off work.   Trips for Intermediate through Advanced will be offered.   If you have a weekend and want to go somewhere we haven’t scheduled something, reach out and we can probably set something up for you.


  • Spring Training this year will be run in a new and fun format designed to bring you guys along from the Class 3 round as per usual, however this year we will have a small program designed to push folks a good bit more.  Monday and Wednesday evening workouts for the main group, sort of our normal well run program with reasonable group sizes and plenty of instruction and guided challenges. And a new Tuesday Evening Workout for those that would like to have the hammer down a bit more.  Saturday workouts we will have extra talent on hand in order to challenge each group appropriately.  Trips to the Various Rivers will be on Saturdays in March with Sundays an extra day for our more seasoned paddlers.


  • May Spring Training for those that just plain are not down with the cold. Those will be Tuesday and Thursday evening workouts with a Saturday river run or day trip.  This is a great program for the Class 2/3 Paddler.


  • Under Construction
    Under Construction

    Private Lessons right now can be had through-out the winter on the Potomac for a great price and whats better the river isn’t crowded and there is plenty for us to work on.


  • Finally, we are offering something new this year that I am quite excited about. Want to get good at paddling? Hate figuring out what things will cost and when to schedule? Me too.  You can now set yourself up for a season pass with us. Any program I mentioned above (cept Asheville Trip) for one price. Thats right, Day trips, evening classes and clinics, Spring Training, May Spring Training, and I will throw in 2 private lessons in with the program.  Basically, whether you are starting out or have a few seasons under you, this program I think will be the best value you are likely to find.  Season Pass will cost you $850, but is good for river and trips from Spring Training pretty much all the way through to Gauley Season.

So that is a bit of whats in store and some of what I have been pondering and plotting.  Come join us on a trip, lesson, private lesson. Tell your friends that you’d like to start out paddling to get a hold of me and we will start them off right.  Pick a weekend and we can do custom rescue courses or pretty much any thing you have a mind to try.  Try using some of the links above to sign up right now for some sweet sweet kayak instruction. (Want to try Whitewater Canoe?, I can manage that too)

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Chile is already a go for 2019. We will be heading there over next New Years and Holiday Break into early January 19.  Message me if you want to be on the Chile Info List.

Watercraft Deals for Paddlers!

Here are a few of the boats we currently have up for grabs.  If any strike your fancy and you would like a short test drive or to set up a time to grab your boat, email us at Nathan@potomacriveroutfitters.com  or just make a payment to get your gear here. Payment Link

  • NDK Explorer Red Deck/White Hull – This super hardy boat will exceed all your expedition sea kayaking needs and dreams. Custom foam seat is super comfy, the boat is used, but still dry as a bone when you head out on the water.  Easily hauls a weeks worth of gear or more.  $1050


  • Wavesport Z Black/Green – The quintessential old schoolers surfing boat. I would rather not part with it and know I am going to miss it.  Shred any wave on the Potomac in this wonderfully versatile river runner. This is the type of boat you will wonder why they ever stopped making them.  It loves Center Chute when the stubby boats can’t attain to it and is bonded to Odeck. This boat was designed by EJ and the Potomac was its main testing bed. $250


  • Liquid Logic Flying Squirrel 90 – Orange and Shiny.  Hardly been on the water. Just in a few classes.  $600


The Mullet is Back! And bigger than ever…..


I just returned from the land of Liquid Logic and all things Asheville. After brushing shoulders with all the manly men in flannel, a few panhandling hippies on $1500hover boards, and super charming yet all the same 5ook bungalows (thanks Curb Appeal type shows) we made it back to DC with the much anticipated Mullet from Liquid Logic.

While in my old homeland I got to paddle the boat with none other than Woody and his good buddy Eric.  Both are well over 6ft tall, Eric is around 200lb  and Woody, well he’s looking pretty trim these days and is around 24o? or so. Both played B-ball at Western way back when before boating and it turns out we have Eric partially to thank for all these great boats LL has turned out as he got Woody into some boating.

The venue was the Noli at around 3k, surfers wet dream.  We met at the take out, hitched up a shuttle ride, outfitted our brand new Mullets in about 5mins and off we went. Here is what I can say about the boat.

  • Slicey stern, squirts pretty nicely, but does not grab all that much on eddy lines when you don’t want it down.  A nice bit of volume behind seat helps this I think.
  • Roomy and comfortable for a wide range of folks. Me 215 and 5.10 with size 10 River Tennies on. Woody and Eric mentioned above both have large feet.  So no worries there.  I would say 185 – 225 is very optimal for this boat, but can handle above and below that quite well.
  • Boat took seconds to get used to.  Wicked fast IMO, responsive, zippy, and stable.
  • Catches waves of all types on the fly, has a super loose sweet spot and when you activate that, you are in for a killer surf if you can stay ahead of it.
  • Plenty of volume in the bow and the boat skips right over large holes and loves carving in and out of eddy lines. Very slalom-ey in its feel.   Loved diving into and out of eddy lines in this boat.
  • Did I say this boat was built to surf? It sure is. Having not boated much lately and getting over a bad cold, I surfed what I could. Woody and Eric got on anything they tried, there was plenty we did not get on, but if you are ready to try to surf it, this boat is going to blow your mind.  Cant think of a feature on the Noli at 3k that this boat would not do some fun things in.
  • For us on the Potomac, Center chute and Odeck for sure, Rocky, most likely. Wet bottom, yes.  MD and VA, of course. This is a surfers dream boat.  I will feel quite comfortable running in this boat all season and you will likely see me paddling little else. I can creek and river run in it, and play enough to keep me happy in a river runner, side surfs, enders, front surfs, splats, and stern squirts.   Upper Yough, let me get rid of this cold first. Top Yough, shoot yeah. Falls Runners that are already running them, check this boat out for a great Falls Running into O-Deck surf kind of day.

I think I have conveyed the essentials. If you like to surf and are 170- 240 or even a bit above, give this boat a spin. If you have been surfing the Axiom 8.5 but have thought you sunk it a bit much at your weight, then definitely hop in this boat.

We offer a demo. As do our friends at Calleva’s Liquid Adventures and Active Nature . If 3 DC kayak schools can agree on boat company, you may want to check them out.  You can purchase yours at the Liquid Logic website and if its not on there, just call in. I will likely make another run and pick up some more boats in a few weeks.

***If we get 10 orders from DC at about the same time, I will run down immediately, or fairly soon.    Coordinate with your buds to make it easier to track. ***