New Zealand Packrafting: Hollyford-Pyke Loop
By: Eszter Horanyi I could feel tears welling up in my eyes as I struggled in the seemingly bottomless pit of mud, my heavily loaded packraft fallen to the side into some trees, my drysuit zipper, which had been unzipped...
Youth Kayaking for Education, Fun and Life Skills
Aqua Bound Ambassador Marcel Bieg is the director of River House Outdoor Center in Eugene, Oregon. A lifelong paddler himself, Marcel discusses the paddle programming they offer as well as the myriad of benefits he sees for kids who paddle.
An Inflatable Fishing Kayak for Reliable Portability
When you think of a fishing kayak, you don’t think inflatable. But one manufacturer has designed an inflatable kayak specifically for fishing.
Bikerafting Trip to New Zealand’s Dillon Cone
Bikerafter and filmmaker Deane Parker and a few mates headed into the mountains surrounding New Zealand’s Dillon Cone by way of the Clarence River. The goal of their trip was the tackle the summit and descent by bike, after an unsuccessful 2017 attempt.
Packrafting Washington’s Methow River
In scenic northcentral Washington lies the Methow River, the “home river” of Aqua Bound Ambassador Jessica Kelley. Here she shares with us an expedition she’s been wanting to take for a long time—the Methow from start to finish.
How to Choose the Right Water Conditions for Kayaking
The kinds of water conditions that make ideal kayaking, packrafting and paddle boarding depend on a couple of key factors: your experience and the type of boat and gear you have.
Sea Kayaking in the Land of Ice and Fire
Aqua Bound Ambassador Rachel Bott attended the Sea Kayak Iceland Symposium 2023 in Arnastapi, Iceland. In this blog post she tells us a bit more about the event, the conditions, and the awesome international instructors present.
How to Introduce Kids to Paddling
If you’re on the lookout for a wonderful way to get kids more interested in the great outdoors, water activities are a perfect place to start. In this blog, we dive into tips to get kids started paddling and learn about 5-year-old Astrid's first time packrafting!
Kayaking Issyk-Kul: A Paddler’s Journey into the Heart of Kyrgyzstan
Hugo Desrosiers embarked on an epic 490-kilometer kayak journey around Kyrgyzstan’s Lake Issyk-Kul in May 2022. This Canadian's first attempt at a solo kayak expedition in a foreign country proved both a success and life-changing education.
Packrafting the John Day River: Double Rainbows and the Doors of Destiny
Scott Nechemis is an avid backcountry backpacker, but this was his first time packrafting. He, his partner Jordan McKinney, and Aqua Bound ambassador Dan Ransom took an overnight trip to the John Day River. This blog encapsulates his experience.