How does someone show their appreciation, thankfulness, and love for others who are serving to protect their country? Founder and retired military man, Kyle Nyseth, shows his gratitude for the men and women who continue to serve or have served the United States. As a Wisconsin-based business comprised of veterans, Navy Paddles creates military memorabilia that honors achievements and remembers milestones. And with so many ways to say thank you to the service men and women, medical personnel, and law enforcement, how you say thank you is important. With Navy Paddles, enjoy customizing and creating a personalized gift for your hero or foundation. Each personalized gift of military memorabilia from Navy Paddles truly expresses the pride and appreciation you want to show for a big “thank you.”
Kyle grew up in Wisconsin and returned after circumnavigating the globe as an Auxiliary Machinist Mate on different submarines for 11 years. Then, he proudly earned his commission in 2001. In addition, Kyle proudly remembers being DCA on the USS Duluth, taking the 15th MEU to Iraq for the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Afterward, he then joined the Naval Special Warfare Community until his retirement in January 2012.
“I am passionate about the work I do because of the people I do it for.”
Kyle’s father, Gary Nyseth, is a skilled craftsman and veteran. With 30 years of experience in making custom cabinets and furniture, Gary is set to give customers something special. Gary also served in the Navy with the Attack Fighter Squadron VA22 during Vietnam.
Together with his son, Gary and Kyle work as a team to laminate, route, sand, plane, varnish, and decorate these beautiful paddles with a level of quality and perfection that befits the military standard of excellence they are both familiar with.
Today, Navy Paddles is the largest customized paddle company in North America. We create beautiful, high quality items and work closely with nearly 100 foundations and nonprofit organizations that also give back to the military community. These unique items are used as silent auction pieces and table centerpieces for foundations to raise money at events each year. These items have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for military supporting foundations such as The Navy SEAL Foundation, Marine Raider Foundation, SEAL Family Foundation, The Brian Bill Foundation, Naked Warrior Foundation, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, and the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, to name a few.
Navy Paddles has also provided paddles and awards for the extreme race community such as The Bone Frog Challenge, Spartan Race, The Boston 5K, Ryan Owens Memorial Run, and the Ironman Superfrog.