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Coast Outdoors is North Vancouver’s foremost Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfski, Nordic Ski and Snowshoe specialty store. We are located in North Vancouver at 352 Lynn Avenue, behind Canadian Tire, about 20 minutes drive from Downtown Vancouver.

We have over 100 kayaks in stock to satisfy all levels of paddlers, ranging from novice paddlers to experienced open sea racers. We offer a complete line of accessories including PFDs, paddles, spray skirts, rescue equipment, clothing, footwear, roof racks.

Our winter inventory consists of a variety of Nordic equipment satisfying skiers from novice to racing levels. Our main focus is to provide our customers with top service in conjunction with top Nordic skiing and Snowshoes brands.

Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic retail staff are dedicated paddlers and skiers who know their stuff so can give you great advice if you need some direction, arrange demos or help you out with any parts you might need.

Bob Putnam

Bob Putnam

Co-Owner

Bob’s passion for paddling can be seen in his enthusiasm for the sport of surfskiing, which he spends a majority of his time either doing, watching or promoting. In 2014 he started the Canadian Surfski Championships which has grown to be one of the most in demand races on the world circuit.

In 1998, Bob started the Tuesday Night Races (TNR), encouraging paddlers of all levels to come out and participate in a series of fun and exciting races each week. Bob has worked hard to promote a strong and involved paddling community. This is particularly evident in the number of racers who partake in the post-race pub night where they watch the race they just rocked (or didn't…), revel over their prizes, and talk paddling in a casual, inviting atmosphere.

When Bob isn't on his surfski or spending quality time with his incredibly active family, he enjoys cycling and cross-country skiing. His experience and passion for outdoor sports allows Bob to understand the specific sporting needs of those around him, and he's always willing to help people develop their sporting skills and adventurous ambitions.

Viviane Nishikiori

Viviane Nishikiori

Co-Manager

Viviane’s love for kayaking stemmed from the Outdoor Recreation Program at Capilano University where she studied after moving to Vancouver from Sao Paulo, Brazil. After the course, she worked for two seasons in the Queen Charlotte Islands, leading groups around the incredible scenery up there.

She started working at Deep Cove Outdoors (now Coast Outdoors) as a retail associate in 2007, and became manager in 2011. When not at the store Viv’s favourite activity is mountain biking, and if not that cross country skiing, and if not that paddling...you get the picture - she likes being outside!

Bram Rutherford

Bram Rutherford

Co-Manager

Bram is in contention for longest lasting employee at Deep Cove - he’s been working for us for going on 10 years now, first starting as Beach Crew when he was 19, then progressing to run the rental operation for four years before moving to Deep Cove Outdoors (now Coast Outdoors) in 2012.

He studied social sciences at SFU, and is an asset to the store in terms of his attentiveness to customers’ needs and finding solutions to any problem he is presented with. Outside of work, which he sees as a way to facilitate a recreation based lifestyle, he likes boats (surfskiing), boards (SUP surfing), bikes (mountain biking) and beers. The order of priority of those varies on a daily basis!

Corey Longeway

Corey Longeway

Communications Manager

Corey has been part of the Coast Outdoors family since 2015, her current job title is Communications Guru. If you have an idea for an event or a guest speaker that we might want to hear about, give her a call.

She has been paddling and cross-country skiing since back in the day and is still active in these sports today. Always out and about in Deep Cove where she lives with her two dogs known as The Bears. Corey is active in protecting her environment and loves that Coast Outdoors does too!

Robert Kulka

Robert Kulka

Repair Technician

Robert started repairing boats shortly after as he started rowing and subsequently breaking them in high school. Since then he passed through quite a few different stations in life, all for the greater good of finding his calling at Coast Outdoors, but his background as a mechanical engineer comes in handy from time to time.
Robert offers a full gamut of repairs - so if you have a broken/damaged/leaking/holey/cracked etc boat, board or surfski just give him a call and he is more than happy to get you back onto the water.

Besides helping people off the water by keeping their boats afloat, he also rescues people on the water as a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station in North Vancouver.

Andrew Hubbard

Andrew Hubbard

Supervisor

Andy's background is in UK whitewater paddling, which he quickly forgot as soon as he saw how fun sea kayaking and surfskiing are in the PNW. He now dons lycra as often as possible and can be seen on a surfski at most Tuesday Night Races and throughout the winter training.

Apart from paddling, Andy likes heavy metal and plaid shirts.

Nolan Kirschner

Nolan Kirschner

Sales Associate

Nolan has really come into his element at Deep Cove Outdoors (now Coast Outdoors), and has become adept at paddling and cross country skiing; however, his true passion has been found in the OneWheel which he uses to commute to work whenever he can.

Outside of work, Nolan enjoys biking in all the wonderful trails available in North Vancouver. And toques. He loves toques.

Katie Weinstein

Katie Weinstein

Sales Associate

Also from the UK, Katie has been working as an Outdoor Instructor for "too long" and this year moved from being one of our most sought after instructors at Deep Cove Kayak to using her expertise at the store. Her love for paddling is evident as she often even offers to train the people buying kayaks how to paddle them!

Outside of work, Katie dreams of owning an alpaca farm in the countryside and teaching them how to rescue her when her roll fails.

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