About Us

Taking You to Another Place Since 1991

Joe Matuska received his first kayak paddle and boat in 1973 as a graduation gift. After swimming several times during his first outing with them, he came home with a broken paddle and a broken boat. Figuring that someone with a degree in Medical Microbiology should be able to fix a broken paddle and boat, he went to work on them. The next thing he knew, he had a new hobby which lead to a lengthy career in the paddle sport industry. In 1991, Joe started Aqua-Bound in Surrey, British, Columbia.

The company manufactured paddles for whitewater, touring, and recreational kayaking as well as canoeing, and quickly became the number one producer of plastic-bladed kayak paddles. Aqua-Bound was also the first to introduce gas-assist molded paddle blades. Joe spent a large amount of his time working the phones and growing his business by providing excellent customer service. In late 2008, Branches LLC purchased Aqua-Bound Technologies from Joe and his partners and moved the company to Osceola, WI USA. The paddles are now built right in our factory. Branches is committed to continuing the Aqua-Bound tradition of extraordinary quality and service. Get your hands on an Aqua-Bound paddle and prepare to elevate your experience.

The Future

As the world's largest manufacturer of quality kayak, stand-up, and whitewater paddles, we remain a privately held company in Northwestern Wisconsin, staffed by paddling enthusiasts. This translates into countless hours spent designing, prototyping, testing, and perfecting each of our paddles. And when that's done, we go back and look at ways to build them even better. Lighter, stiffer, smarter, more durable, and more beautiful. Our customers have found our paddles to be their long-term companions on adventures, both short and long.

What makes Aqua-Bound different than every other paddle manufacturer in the world?

American Manufacturers

As the world’s largest manufacturer of quality kayak and stand-up paddles, we remain a privately held company in Northwestern Wisconsin. This translates into countless hours spent designing, prototyping, testing, and perfecting each of our paddles. When that’s done, we go back and look at ways to build them even better. Lighter, stiffer, smarter, more durable, and more beautiful. Our customers have found our paddles to be their long-term companions on adventures, both short and long.

Service Driven

For us, service isn’t a poster in the break room or terms our leaders use in monthly meetings. "Service" is not a word we take lightly. It’s what motivates us to come to work every day. It’s what we spend thousands of dollars trying to accomplish. It’s in our DNA. We have one mission and that is to have the best service in the entire outdoor industry. This means putting in the extra effort, staying late, and listening rather than talking.

Quality

Every single component in our paddles is of the most durable, lightweight, and reasonably sourced materials. We’ve tested every part and know it’s the best material and design possible. Building quality paddles means when you’re on the water, you can trust the paddle, no matter what.

Paddlers Building Paddles

Most small businesses start by the founder having a problem in their lifestyle or hobby, and out of necessity, build a product themselves. Our company was no different. However, what makes our paddles so good today is that most every employee at Aqua-Bound is a paddler. We design our product based on our own research and we build it to better the sports we love.

Simply put... Our paddles make your time on the water more enjoyable!

  • We make quality paddles you can trust.
  • We make lightweight paddles so you can spend all day on the water and not feel sore.
  • We make innovative products to elevate your paddling experience.
  • We make paddling a hobby you want to spend more time doing.
  • We make the tranquility of being outside much, much more tranquil. 

To see and experience our paddles in person, visit your local paddlesports shop. We have over one-thousand storefronts in the US and Canada, and you can find your local shop here.

While you’re on our website, check out our paddles or learn how you can become a better paddler yourself.