Paddling Education

Aqua-Bound Goes to Patagonia
Entomologist and packrafter, Dr. Isaí Madriz, recently covered remote areas of Patagonia by packraft, bamboo bicycle and on-foot in search of some of the rarest groups of insects on the planet.
When Our Kayak Trip Plans are Disrupted by Worldwide Pandemics
Chris Whittaker and Nuka de Jocas had planned that 2020 was the year for an epic kayak expedition in Alaska. Then along came COVID-19…
Why Kayaking, Canoeing and SUP are Great for the Whole Family
We think paddling is one of the best things your family can do together! Here’s why...
How to Size Kayak & SUP Paddles from Home
When you can go into a paddle sports retailer and size a paddle, that’s great. But if you don’t live near one or they’re not open when you want to buy a paddle, it’s easy to size yourself from home, too.
Comparing the Sting Ray vs. Manta Ray Kayak Paddles
Aqua-Bound’s Ray series of kayak paddles has been our best-selling line for many years now. There are several options within this series, so here we compare the Sting Ray to the Manta Ray so you know which is right for you.
The Many Benefits of Paddling Locally

There’s something adventurous and exotic about planning kayak, packraft, canoe or SUP trips in faraway places. Somehow we imagine a road trip or overseas destination will be better.

But paddling locally can be just as fun…and in our current situation, the best choice!

Paddling + River Clean-up = Good News in Hard Times

Are you hungry for good news? We are, too. Kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, packrafting…these are fun and relaxing. But while we’re on the water, let’s clean up our lakes and rivers and add some good news to this hard season we’re in!

Aqua-Bound’s Posi-Lok vs. Snap-Button Ferrule Systems
Here at Aqua-Bound we use two different ferrule systems for our kayak paddles: the snap-button ferrule and the Posi-LokTM ferrule. What’s the difference?(What’s the ferrule, you ask? Good question: the ferrule system is how the two halves of a kayak...
Aqua-Bound’s Ray Series: Hybrid vs. Carbon Paddles
Many customers have asked us the difference between the Hybrid and Carbon models in our Ray series of kayak paddles. Here’s the low-down… Aqua-Bound's Ray series are some of the best mid-range kayak paddles on the market. The series includes...
Why Paddling is a Super Social Distancing Activity
We think kayaking, packrafting and stand-up paddling are three of the best activities you can do in our new social distancing world. Here’s why… It’s Easy to Socially Distance in a Kayak, a Packraft or on a SUP Board That...
How to Shuttle Boats & Paddlers with Social Distance

We’re all longing to get out of the house and on the water in a kayak, packraft or SUP board. Not just because of two months+ of quarantine, but because the weather’s beautiful and summer is upon us! How do we do that in a safe, socially-distanced way?

“Just Me, Nature” - A Film about Solo Packrafting in Sweden
Just Me, Nature is the short film by Jacob Kastrup Haagensen about his solo packraft trip through Tresticklan National Park in Sweden. The Copenhagen native who founded UrbanPackrafter.com now lives in Sweden. Busy with work and family life, he managed...
A Roundup of Packrafting Podcasts
If you love the convenience of podcasts, here’s our not-to-miss list of podcasts geared to packrafting…
Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle

Let’s look at the difference between the two types of kayak paddles—high-angle and low-angle. We’ll see how they’re different and what type of paddling each one is designed for.

Never Say Never: Packrafting the Grand Canyon

“I’m never packrafting the Grand Canyon.” That’s what I told my partner, “Doom,” not even a year after I moved to Mancos from the Front Range to be with him.

ProStaffer of the Month: Jonas Alexandersson
Jonas Alexandersson, from Mellerud, Sweden, is our ProStaffer of the Month for March 2020. Let’s meet Jonas…
Take ACA’s Online Paddlesports Safety Course at Your Own Pace

The American Canoe Association (ACA) makes it easy for you to take their Paddlesports Safety Course—you can take it online from anywhere…

Aqua-Bound’s Bent Shaft Whiskey & Tango Kayak Paddles

For the kayaker who wants a high-performing, ultra-light and ultra-comfortable paddle, look no further than Aqua-Bound’s new bent shaft Whiskey or Tango…

Kayaking at Puerto Vallarta’s Los Arcos National Marine Park

With its beautiful blue-green water, semi-tropical temperatures and variety of marine wildlife, Los Arcos National Marine Park near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a wonderful kayak destination…

ProStaffer of the Month: Marianne Nysted

Aqua-Bound’s ProStaffer of the Month for January 2020 is Marianne Nysted, a native of Denmark. Let’s meet Marianne…

How to Launch Your Kayak in a Surf Zone [Video]
Join kayak expert Ken Whiting as he shows us how to safely launch and land your kayak in a surf zone…