About L2 Outside

L2 Outside is a paddle sports rental and retail shop, dedicated to helping people get outside, enjoy life, and learn.

Based in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, TN, on the beautiful Tennessee River, we take pride in offering easy, safe, paddle board and kayak rentals and sales for locals and visitors alike.

Whether it’s your first time out on the water, or your 100th, we’re here to help you live life outside, right now.

Our address:
131 River Street,
Chattanooga, TN 37405

brands l2 outside carries

Sanuk, Bote, Arbor, RVCA, Loaded, Sector Nine, Landyachtz, Abec 11, KULA, Costa, Onewheel, Roark Revival, Neff, Rainbow, Sun Bum and more.

Our Story

Founded in 2011, L2 outside Paddle Co, decided to use the beautiful waters surrounding Chattanooga, TN to become the nation's first inland stand up paddle board rental and retail company. Being a local company L2 Outside fits both the progressive spirit of Chattanooga and aligns with the outdoor vibe and adventure of the region.

We have always been surrounded by two things - water & adventure. Seth ( co-owner) whom is scuba certified has always been eager to push the limits of water exploration. Growing up in GA he was always eager to get outside and enjoy nature. Dirk, brother in law of Seth and other co-owner was first lured in Chattanooga back in 2007 to hang glide off the side of Lookout MT. The simple mission of Dirk and Seth, "two local guys" who have put their hearts and souls into building a small business is to allow others to share their love of the outdoors and support their own outdoor adventures with family and friends.

For the region Chattanooga has an uncommon spirit of innovation and a sense of entrepreneurism. "near perfect and near nature" is one way to describe the delicate balance that our city tries to flaunt. The local culture of Chattanooga has influences from all over, but it definitely has its own style and flavor. Fishing, boating, kayaking, and bridges; water is the epicenter of Chattanooga lifestle, which fits us perfectly. Chattanooga is a paddling boarding town!

Lets face it, work is hard - it can help if you're in an industry that you're passionate about. After leaving healthy tech careers, putting it all on the line co-owners Dirk & Seth have done everything to achieve the American dream and contribute to the local economy by being small business owners. L2 Outside is not just a business but a dream for the pair of brothers. Live life outside.

Seth Bigham - Dirk Unkle - L2 outside owners

Kat l2 outside

Meet Kat

Growing up in Memphis, Kat moved to Chattanooga in 2008 for college and stuck around for the beauty and outdoor adventures. An L2 Outside fan from the early days, she fell in-love with paddle boarding during a very warm January in 2014. Kat joined the team as a water guru during summer 2016, helping renters get on and off the river. She had picked up the job as a side-gig, but ended up quitting her other full-time position elsewhere, jumping at the chance to have her favorite passtime become her career. There’s a quote that says “find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life” - that’s exactly what working for L2 is for Kat. She works with people who love the outdoors and want to spread that love – what can be better than that?! Being on the L2 Crew has allowed Kat to meet interesting people and spread the priceless love of paddling.

Moving her way up from water guru, to shop rep, to now manager of the whole sha-bang, Kat has loved L2 Outside from the beginning and she’s here to spread those good vibes, get you pumped to try new outdoor activities, and help in any way she can along the way.