About Bending Branches
A 35-year testament to wood, willpower, and Wisconsin.
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, kayak, and stand-up 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 Bending Branches different than every other paddle manufacturer in the world?
As the world’s largest manufacturer of quality canoe and kayak 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 Bending Branches is a paddler. We design our product based on our own research and we build it to better the sports we love.
What some of our customers say about us...
Bending Branches has made me a customer for life. With their beautiful craftsmanship and amazing durability, choosing paddles is a no-brainer. Plus, they stand behind their product so I am confident in my buying decision.
Sharon – Brockton, Massachusetts
I have been a loyal Bending Branches customer for many years and am pleased to see them respond to the changing needs of all paddlers with new innovations.
Ron – Florida
The amount of flex is just about right, the bend is fine, and the guard has kept the blade in good shape after lots of pushing off rocks and gravel. I don’t think there’s a better paddle out there.
Eric – Duluth, Minnesota
The paddle is very efficient and comfortable – much appreciated at the end of all-day excursions in wind and chop. The palm style grip is smooth, fits just right, and has never raised blisters.
Ken – Palo Alto, California
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.