Paddling Education

5 Questions Beginner Whitewater Kayakers Ask
Most people hesitate to try whitewater kayaking because what they usually think of are the daredevils throwing themselves off waterfalls and other equally risky situations!
Kayaking: Minimize the Aches & Pains
One of the most wonderful things about kayaking—and all paddle sports, really—is that it’s easier on our body than many outdoor activities. But the aches and pains do come sometimes, so how can we minimize them?
Aqua Bound’s Updated Ray Series Reviewed
Paddle TV’s Ken Whiting has been using Aqua Bound kayak paddles for 25 years. Here he shares his thoughts on the updates we’ve made to our best-selling Sting Ray and Manta Ray paddles.
Basic Kayak Paddling Technique for Every Kayaker
When it comes to learning how to paddle a kayak, there are a few things that are helpful for you to know. You’ll be able to paddle easier and longer, and fully enjoy your time on the water.
Packrafting How-To: What’s In Your Bikeraft Kit?
New and experienced bikerafters alike can glean loads of wisdom from Lizzy Scully and Steve Fassbinder, the duo that runs Four Corners Guides and brought us The Bikeraft Guide, published in 2021. Here, they give us a look into what you should include in your bikeraft kit.
Aqua Bound's Posi-Lok™ Ferrule System
A ferrule system is the mechanism that connects the two halves of a kayak paddle together in the center. Aqua Bound’s Posi-Lok ferrule system makes it super easy to connect, disconnect and change feathering angles.
The Versa-Lok™ Ferrule System = Easy Versatility
Aqua Bounds' Versa-LokTM adjustable ferrule system offers you the ultimate in kayak paddle versatility and usability. Whether you’re a recreational flatwater paddler, a seasoned touring kayaking, an avid packrafter—you’ll love this durable and easy-to-use ferrule.
Aqua Bound's Ray Kayak Paddle Series FAQ
Durable, lightweight and affordable—the Ray Series kayak paddles by Aqua Bound represent some of the best values in the industry. We compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions on this series to help you decide what options are best for you.
Choosing a Ray Series Kayak Paddle from Aqua Bound

Choosing the right paddle doesn't have to be difficult. As paddle experts, we're here to help! Take a look at some product features to consider when choosing what Ray Series paddle fits your needs.

A Multi-Day Kayak Trip with Type 1 Diabetes
A first multi-day sea kayak trip will be physically and mentally challenging for anyone. For someone with Type 1 diabetes it’s extra challenging, as 28-year old Rachel Anderson shares with us.
Packrafting Finland’s “Nightless Night” Kairacross Events
Kairacross is a unique packrafting and backpacking adventure event based in northern Finland during its “nightless night” season—midsummer. We had a chance to connect with Mikko Nenonen, co-owner of a Finnish paddlesports shop and participant in Kairacross.
Backpackers: Should You Add a Packraft to Your Gear Kit?
Unless you’re pretty immersed in the paddling world, you’ve probably never heard of a packraft. It’s one of the coolest little boats available—and ideal for backpackers!
Which Alpacka Packraft is for You?
Alpacka Raft makes several different types of packrafts. How do you know which one is right for you? Aqua Bound Ambassador Caj Koskinen takes us through a few packrafts from their fleet to help you decide.
All You Need to Know to Choose a Kayak Paddle
How much do you really need to know about choosing a kayak paddle? More than you think at first glance!
Backyard Adventures: The Bow River from Banff to Canmore
Backyard Adventures is all about maximizing days on the water. Look locally to have quick easy adventures planned for that last minute day off or change of schedule. 
Nick Ray’s upcoming Sea Kayak Expedition around Scotland
On August 28, 2022 Aqua Bound Ambassador and sea kayaker, Nick Ray, will embark on a year-long mission to kayak around Scotland. This expedition he’s calling Scotland 365 is a celebration of life for Nick, and will—if all goes as planned—end on his 60th birthday.
How NOT to Flip a Kayak
Many non-kayakers and new kayakers are worried that if they try kayaking, they’ll flip over. Some even let that fear stop them from getting on the water. How easy is it to flip a kayak?
Easy Smart Phone Photography Tips for Kayakers
With the development of smart phone photography in the last decade or so, it’s easy for anyone to learn to take great photos while you’re kayaking, packrafting, canoeing or paddle boarding.
Behind the Scenes of “Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground” Film
In May 2022 we released the short film Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground as a joint effort with our Norwegian Aqua Bound dealers and Ambassadors. In it we highlight Norway as a kayaking destination…
What Challenges do Women Face in the Kayaking World?
Are there challenges women face in the kayaking world that men don’t? That’s what we’ll explore here, with direct input from some kayaking women.
Kayaking Wyoming’s Fremont Canyon
Wyoming isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when one thinks of kayaking—especially a Minnesotan like me. But Fremont Canyon, an easy drive from Casper, is worthy of any kayaker’s consideration.