Paddling Education

Why I Sea Kayak
International Mental Health Awareness Month is drawing to a close. I’m a sea kayaker and I also live with chronic treatment resistant clinical depression. I’m also a suicide attempt survivor. This is why I believe sea kayaking is beneficial to me and my continued mental health journey.
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.
Aqua Bound’s Quality Assurance Process
Here at Aqua Bound our top priority is to be sure every kayak, stand-up or canoe paddle we sell is of the highest quality. That includes three main factors: cosmetic appeal, light weight and durability.
Aqua Bound Tango Fiberglass is 2022 Best Kayak Paddle!
We’re thrilled that our Tango Fiberglass kayak paddle has just been awarded “Best Paddle” by 2022 Paddling Magazine Industry Awards!
New Whiskey and Tango Kayak Paddle Color: Northern Lights
We’re excited to announce a brand new color pattern for our best kayak paddles, the Whiskey and Tango, for 2022: Northern Lights.
Our Whiskey Fiberglass Kayak Paddle Wins “Best in Class”
We’re so pleased that PaddleTV just announced Aqua Bound’s Whiskey Fiberglass kayak paddle as a “Best High Performance Paddle of 2021”! Paddle TV’s Ken Whiting gives the round-up of their Top 5 Kayak Paddles of 2021 in this video…
Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle
In order to be able to choose the best paddle for you, you need to understand the two main styles of kayaking: high-angle and low-angle, or the angle at which your paddle enters the water.
Enter the Aqua Bound/Paddling Maps Drawing to Win a Free Tango Paddle
(July 2021) Aqua Bound has partnered with PaddlingMaps for a chance for you to win one of our Tango Fiberglass straight shaft kayak paddles!
The Benefit of High-Visibility Kayak Blades
As a kayaker, you’re one of the smallest boats on the water, especially in big water. One of the best ways to be seen by other boaters is to use a kayak paddle with high-visibility blades along with bright-colored clothing and gear.
Choose Our Manta Ray Paddle for Some Serious Kayak Fishing
Get outfitted for some serious kayak fishing with one of the paddles from our Manta Ray family. There’s one for every budget!
How Covid has Impacted the Paddlesports Industry
Covid-19’s impact on our world has been unprecedented in so many ways. While there’s plenty of bad news from this pandemic, there’s also some good news that came out of it—millions of people have rediscovered nature and the outdoors.
Our Best Advice for Beginning Kayakers
Millions of people entered the kayaking world in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. If you’re one of these beginning kayakers, we’ve collected 11 our most popular and important kayaking articles to help you out…
Are Your Kayak & Gear Ready for a New Season?
When you treat your kayak, paddle and other gear well you can have confidence it’ll last you for years of enjoyable paddling. Spring is the perfect time to give it all a good cleaning and to check it over for any damage.
How to Choose a Paddle Bag
If you’ve invested some significant cash into quality paddles, consider buying a paddle bag to store and transport them so they’ll stay in tip-top shape.
13 Great Gift Ideas for Paddlers
The holiday shopping season is here again! We have you covered with 13 of our best gift ideas for all the kayakers, paddleboarders, canoeists and packrafters on your list.
Outfitter Spotlight: Four Corners Guides, Colorado
We recently had a great virtual conversation with co-owners Lizzy Scully and Steve “Doom” Fassbinder to talk about Four Corners, their ranch, and running an outdoor tour business during COVID.
Aqua-Bound’s Manta Ray vs. Whiskey Kayak Paddles
Our Manta Ray and Whiskey kayak paddles are both high-angle paddles designed for power and speed. Let’s compare the two models to see how they’re different…
Bent vs. Straight Shaft Kayak Paddles

A common question we get as we’re helping people find the right paddle for them is: What’s the difference between straight shaft and bent shaft kayak paddles? Why should you choose one over the other? We’re going to help solve this dilemma for you…
Aqua-Bound’s Eagle Ray vs. Sting Ray Kayak Paddles
Our Ray family of kayak paddles are super popular, and for good reason. Here we compare the Eagle Ray series with the Sting Ray series…
Aqua-Bound’s Sting Ray vs. Tango Kayak Paddles
Our Sting Ray and Tango kayak paddles are both designed for low-angle paddling, making it easy for you to spend long days on the water without fatigue or soreness.

Here we explore how they’re similar and, especially, how they’re different, so you can make your best paddle purchase decision…
Meandering the World with the 4-Piece Whiskey Fiberglass

Canadian travel writer and international tour guide, Rachel Bertsch, brings us along with her to northwest British Columbia where she put the Whiskey Fiberglass to the test…