Paddling Education

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!

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...
“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…
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.

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…

Outfitter Spotlight: MST Adventures

The folks at MST Adventures love taking their guests on paddle trips on their local New Mexico rivers. Here’s their story…

Lofoten, a paradise for kayakers
Lofoten, Norway, will provide the perfect environment for a sea kayaker. The scenery with mountains and fjords makes this to one of the most beautiful places in the world, and it’s well known among paddlers.
Developing the Love for Kayaking: A Customer Story

Aqua-Bound customer, Thomas Chekouras, has developed his love for kayaking rather uniquely. He tells us his story of how kayaking has changed his life…

A Fly-In Packraft Excursion in Sweden

Spending any time in Sweden is a good idea. Arriving the week of Midsommar and putting my boat in the water 18 days out of the next 24? A dream trip!

Guiding Kayakers from the Tropics to Lake Superior’s North Shore

Beth Poliquin has guided kayakers in the tropics of Hawaii, and now lives and works along the rugged north shore of Lake Superior. The differences she cites may surprise you…

How We Design our Kayak & SUP Paddle Shafts

Aqua-Bound’s Operations Manager, Jason Eccles, gives us the scoop on how we develop our kayak and stand-up paddle shafts…

Kayaking with Kids: Life Jacket Safety [Videos]

Life jacket use is important for everyone on the water, but especially for kids. These Paddle TV videos lay out the basics for keeping your little ones safe while kayaking…