In 1982, whitewater and touring canoeist Dale Kicker and flat-water racer Ron Hultman teamed up to create the first composite tipped canoe paddle. This unique innovation revolutionized the paddle industry and gave birth to Bending Branches. Since that birth, paddles from this Wisconsin company have propelled people to the places and experiences that people dream of. This spirit of adventure continues to drive Bending Branches to enhance your paddling experience.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of quality canoe and kayak paddles, they 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. When that’s done, they go back and look at ways to build them even better. Lighter, stiffer, smarter, more durable, and more beautiful. Their customers have found our paddles to be their long-term companions on adventures, both short and long.
The breakage rate on our paddles is 0.03%. 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.