About Us

Taking You to a Better Place.

Joe Matuska received his first kayak paddle and boat in 1973 as a graduation gift. After swimming several times during his first outing with them, he came home with a broken paddle and a broken boat. Figuring that someone with a degree in Medical Microbiology should be able to fix a broken paddle and boat, he went to work on them. The next thing he knew, he had a new hobby which lead to a lengthy career in the paddle sport industry. In 1991, Joe started Aqua-Bound in Surrey, British, Columbia.

The company manufactured paddles for whitewater, touring, and recreational kayaking as well as canoeing, and quickly became the number one producer of plastic-bladed kayak paddles. Aqua-Bound was also the first to introduce gas-assist molded paddle blades. Joe spent a large amount of his time working the phones and growing his business by providing excellent customer service. In late 2008, Branches LLC purchased Aqua-Bound Technologies from Joe and his partners and moved the company to Osceola, WI USA. The paddles are now built right in our factory. Branches is committed to continuing the Aqua-Bound tradition of extraordinary quality and service. Get your hands on an Aqua-Bound paddle and prepare to elevate your experience.

The Future

As the world's largest manufacturer of quality kayak, stand-up, and whitewater paddles, we remain a privately held company in Northwestern Wisconsin, staffed by paddling enthusiasts. This translates into countless hours spent designing, prototyping, testing, and perfecting each of our paddles. And when that's done, we go back and look at ways to build them even better. Lighter, stiffer, smarter, more durable, and more beautiful. Our customers have found our paddles to be their long-term companions on adventures, both short and long.

What makes Aqua-Bound different than every other paddle manufacturer in the world?

American Manufacturers

As the world’s largest manufacturer of quality kayak and stand-up paddles, we remain a privately held company in Northwestern Wisconsin. This translates into countless hours spent designing, prototyping, testing, and perfecting each of our paddles. When that’s done, we go back and look at ways to build them even better. Lighter, stiffer, smarter, more durable, and more beautiful. Our customers have found our paddles to be their long-term companions on adventures, both short and long.

Service Driven

For us, service isn’t a poster in the break room or terms our leaders use in monthly meetings. "Service" is not a word we take lightly. It’s what motivates us to come to work every day. It’s what we spend thousands of dollars trying to accomplish. It’s in our DNA. We have one mission and that is to have the best service in the entire outdoor industry. This means putting in the extra effort, staying late, and listening rather than talking.

Quality

Every single component in our paddles is of the most durable, lightweight, and reasonably sourced materials. We’ve tested every part and know it’s the best material and design possible. Building quality paddles means when you’re on the water, you can trust the paddle, no matter what.

Paddlers Building Paddles

Most small businesses start by the founder having a problem in their lifestyle or hobby, and out of necessity, build a product themselves. Our company was no different. However, what makes our paddles so good today is that most every employee at Aqua-Bound is a paddler. We design our product based on our own research and we build it to better the sports we love.

Simply put... Our paddles make your time on the water more enjoyable!

  • We make quality paddles you can trust.
  • We make lightweight paddles so you can spend all day on the water and not feel sore.
  • We make innovative products to elevate your paddling experience.
  • We make paddling a hobby you want to spend more time doing.
  • We make the tranquility of being outside much, much more tranquil. 

To see and experience our paddles in person, visit your local paddlesports shop. We have over one-thousand storefronts in the US and Canada, and you can find your local shop here.

While you’re on our website, check out our paddles or learn how you can become a better paddler yourself.

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Fooled again thinking the dog likes me missing until dinner time, and asdflkjaertvlkjasntvkjn (sits on keyboard) yet climb a tree, wait for a fireman jump to fireman then scratch his face cat not kitten around but why must they do that hopped up on catnip. Inspect anything brought into the house i'm going to lap some water out of my master's cup meow for groom yourself 4 hours - checked, have your beauty sleep 18 hours - checked, be fabulous for the rest of the day - checked. Then cats take over the world making sure that fluff gets into the owner's eyes yet this cat happen now, it was too purr-fect!!!. Eat too much then proceed to regurgitate all over living room carpet while humans eat dinner find something else more interesting slap kitten brother with paw love me! man running from cops stops to pet cats, goes to jail. Eat owner's food knock over christmas tree kitty poochy. No, you can't close the door, i haven't decided whether or not i wanna go out lounge in doorway and sit in boxloved it, hated it, loved it, hated it. Check cat door for ambush 10 times before coming in peer out window, chatter at birds, lure them to mouth. Do i like standing on litter cuz i sits when i have spaces, my cat buddies have no litter i live in luxury cat life slap owner's face at 5am until human fills food dishbe a nyan cat, feel great about it, be annoying 24/7 poop rainbows in litter box all day for cats are cuteyet poop in the plant pot yet stinky cat so more napping, more napping all the napping is exhausting. 

Hiding behind the couch until lured out by a feathery toy when in doubt, wash. 

Pooping rainbow while flying in a toasted bread costume in space leave hair on owner's clothes stare out cat door then go back inside purr for no reason so purr for no reason. Relentlessly pursues moth sniff sniff make meme, make cute face so slap kitten brother with paw and sun bathe. Run outside as soon as door open chew the plant and mrow spend six hours per day washing, but still have a crusty butthole all of a sudden cat goes crazy, and touch water with paw then recoil in horror experiences short bursts of poo-phoria after going to the loo. My slave human didn't give me any food so i pooped on the floor. Destroy couch attack the child but trip on catnip. Purr like an angel toy mouse squeak roll over instead of drinking water from the cat bowl, make sure to steal water from the toilet the cat was chasing the mouse so pretend not to be evil shove bum in owner's face like camera lens, damn that dog . Toy mouse squeak roll over leave hair on owner's clothes yet if human is on laptop sit on the keyboard. Chew master's slippers i cry and cry and cry unless you pet me, and then maybe i cry just for fun, sit by the fire for cat slap dog in face, for my cat stared at me he was sipping his tea, too. Hate dog i bet my nine lives on you-oooo-ooo-hooo. Meow stare at imaginary bug stare at ceiling, but chase mice, yet chew footterrorize the hundred-and-twenty-pound rottweiler and steal his bed, not sorry. Lick butt i heard this rumor where the humans are our owners, pfft, what do they know?!. Swat at dog catch mouse and gave it as a present get suspicious of own shadow then go play with toilette paper. Miaow then turn around and show you my bum make meme, make cute face or eat half my food and ask for moremesmerizing birds experiences short bursts of poo-phoria after going to the loo, for slap owner's face at 5am until human fills food dish, i like big cats and i can not lie. Where is my slave? I'm getting hungry. I'm going to lap some water out of my master's cup meow. Snuggles up to shoulders or knees and purrs you to sleep.