How a Kayak’s Design Impacts Its Performance
Hardshell kayaks are designed and built with various shapes and lengths that directly impact their performance. Aqua Bound Ambassador Ken Whiting takes us through these differences in this video so you can make the best buying choice.
Learn to Read River Flow for Kayaking
Paddling on rivers—whether with a kayak, canoe, packraft or paddle board—requires a knowledge of how rivers flow and a solid foundation of paddling skills. The faster the river and bigger the rapids, the more knowledge and skills you need.
How to Choose a SUP Board
When it comes time to choose a SUP board (stand-up paddle board) there are a few questions you’ll want to answer.
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?
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.
Blog Article · Choosing A Paddle · Instructional Article · Kayaking · Ray Series · tango paddles · whiskey paddles ·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.
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.
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.
How NOT to Flip a Kayak
by Aqua Bound
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
by Aqua Bound
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.
5 Need-To-Know International River Signals
by Rachel Davies
With the roar of the rapids, communication on the river with your paddling party and others can be challenging. Fortunately, there are international river signals that most people know around the world. Here are 5 need-to-know paddle signals for your next trip.
How Safe is Whitewater Kayaking?
by Aqua Bound
Whitewater kayaking is often seen as dangerous. But is it? As Ken Whiting, a 30-year veteran of whitewater kayaking, says: “Whitewater kayaking really is no different than any other outdoor adventure sport. It can be safe…it can also be dangerous. It depends on so many factors.”
How to Paddle Board in Windy Conditions
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun way to get a great workout and enjoy the water. Paddling along on glassy water is always a thrill…but isn’t always reality. Sometimes wind can become a real issue.
Don’t Make These 6 Mistakes When Choosing a Kayak Paddle
When it comes to kayak paddles, there’s no such thing as “one size fits all.” Just as there are different sizes and shapes of people and different styles of kayaking, so there are different types of kayak paddles.
Sea Kayak vs Rec Kayak: What’s the Difference?
Sea kayaks and recreational kayaks, while similar, are different boats that require different skills to paddle. In this PaddleTV video, Aqua Bound Ambassador team member, Ken Whiting, covers the basic differences between sea kayaks and rec kayaks, and the pros and cons of each.
Blog Article · canoeing · Fishing · Instructional Article · Kayaking · Packrafting · SUP · Whitewater ·Why You Need Polarized Sunglasses for Kayaking
One of the most important gear items for kayakers, canoeists, paddle boarders and packrafters—that doesn’t often get a mention—is a good pair of polarized sunglasses.
Guided Kayak Tours: When to Join a Group
If you don’t have your own kayak gear, rental companies and tour companies abound. What’s the best choice for your situation: to rent gear or go with a guided kayak tour?
Blog Article · canoeing · Instructional Article · Kayaking · SUP ·Tie Down Your Kayak to Your Vehicle Quickly and Easily
Unless you keep your kayak or paddle board at a cabin or you live on a lake or river, you’ll need to tie it down to your vehicle to transport it. This video from our friends at Aquabatics Alberta (AQ Outdoors) gives you clear steps on how to tie down your kayak to your vehicle...
A Beginner’s Guide to Kayaking Like a Pro
Kayaking is a wonderful entry-level paddle sport. It’s very possible to simply get in and start to paddle. But like everything, there are ways to shorten the learning curve and increase your enjoyment early on.