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Poker’s In The Fire…The Assassin Kayak Paddle Project Continues

Assassin Kayak Paddle

Assassin Kayak Paddle left and right blades.

“Heavens to Murgatroyd!”…Snagglepuss used to say.  That was his famous surprise exclamation.  Snaggle-who?  1960’s cartoon?  Never mind…just act surprised!

Adventure Capitalist, Duck Dynasty and two other private equity investors are perusing the Assassin Kayak Paddle project.  Four proverbial “pokers in the fire!”  We are still moving forward in our endeavor to procure the necessary funds to bring this project to market.  Failure is not an option!

CNBC’s own  “entrepreneur meets investors” reality TV show, Adventure Capitalist has shown interest in our Assassin Kayak Paddle Project.  So much so, that we have already had an hour long Skype interview with the shows casting director.  Thumbs up!

The Adventure Capitalist TV show is new and they were soliciting outdoor adventure entrepreneurs to submit projects for their future shows.   What the heck did I have to lose?  Application submitted!  A month later, they are calling about the project!

Duck Dynasty on the other hand has been more of a “guerilla marketing” tactic, than anything else.  It is nearly impossible to contact any of the individual duck people with the layers of office security they utilize.  What the hell, I’ll just back door them.  I figured I’d send them six Assault Hand Paddles,  addressed to Willie, for the duck building crew to play with.  You know how bad-ass those hand paddles are, and if those duck guys get them…something HAS to happen!

I finally got a hold of JD Owen, Willie’s personal assistant.  He told me the Assault Hand Paddles were handed off to Justin Martin, their “new product” manager.  Martin, as he’s called on the show, is one of the duck call builders.  I want them to explore the possibilities the patented “hook and teeth” blade design has to offer.

At this point, I am still trying to establish dialogue with Martin and establish the whereabouts of those legendary hand paddles.  It’s duck season…go figure!  Done gone huntin’!!

We also have two other prospective investors, I assume they are private equity investors, who have solicited information about funding the Assassin Kayak Paddle project.  Out of respect, I will keep their personal information secured until we have reached some contractual agreement.  One is from the Ohio area, the other from the Tennessee area…both involved in the paddle sports communities.

I feel quite good about the Adventure Capitalist TV show.  Apparently from this Skype interview, the casting director edits together a short video presentation about Backwater Paddle Company and the Assassin Kayak Paddle for the CNBC producers.  I sent them our collection of YouTube micro-videos shot earlier this year.  The producers will then select the potential entrepreneurs and products for their future shows.  Shooting begins January 2017!  I feel we have a legitimate chance for the 2017 season!

Assassin Kayak Paddle

Again. I want to reiterate the fact that the table is still open!  If you know someone who wants to explore this investment opportunity before it closes, contact me soon.  Getting in on the ground floor plan now, will yield large returns in the future!

“Exit, Stage Left”…Snagglepuss exclaims when departing!  Snaggle-who? Check the interweb!

Paddle on my friends!



Assassin Kayak Paddle Crowd Funding Project Set For January 2016

First of all, from Backwater Paddle Company…Happy Holidays!   Tis the season for happiness and joy!

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays!!

Hold on!!  It’s Christmas time!!  I hate always having to be “politically correct.”

Seriously, to the Backwater Paddle Company family, fans, friends, customers, dealers…the real people…Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten and メリークリスマス!! 

Unfortunately we will not have our Assassin Kayak Paddles available for the upcoming holiday season.  We are looking toward Spring 2016 for the initial debut.

The Assassin Kayak paddle crowd funding project is progressing forward…but sooooooo slow!!  I feel like we are moving at a snails pace…and that poor fellow is crawling uphill!  This project continually tests my patience and time schedule.

We are still working on the video.  We have seen the first rough edit last week.  In my opinion, we still have much work to do with the video…but it is a rough edit.  And from the feedback, it is moving in the right direction.   It may be another week or two before we accept the final product video.  It has to be a “killer video” to garner investor attention.  We won’t settle for anything less!

So having said that…this would bring the Assassin Kayak Paddle crowd funding debut right in the middle of prime holiday advertising and marketing season.   Competing with all the mass hysteria for attention this late in the game would not be beneficial, probably suicidal!   We do not want to loose the focus of our revolutionary paddle design to the maelstrom of seasonal purchasing (in)decisions.

Having spoke with all the investors, it has been decided to debut the Assassin Kayak Paddle project until after the New Years, when all the holiday purchasing pressure is off.  That way, our focus, and our customers focus, will be for the upcoming spring time paddling season.

Our project will debut on Indiegogo  (  Indiegogo is a crowd sourcing funding project.  We will offer up “perks” to the potential investors, to entice them and their money to come aboard.

Below is our “perk sheet” for the potential investors.

$20    BPC T-shirt and BPC decal (MSRP $ 25.00)
$25    Assault Hand Paddle plus BPC decal (MSRP $ 35.00)
$50    (2) Assault Hand Paddles with BPC decals (MSRP $ 70.00)
$100  Assassin Kayak Paddle with BPC decals (MSRP $145.00)
$125  Assassin Kayak Paddle and Assault Hand Paddle with BPC decals (MSRP $ 180.00)
$200  (2) Assassin Kayak Paddles with BPC decals (MSRP $290.00)
$250  (2) Assassin Kayak Paddles, (2) Assault Hand Paddles, with BPC decals (MSRP $ 350.00)

We are trying to raise $100,000 for the project.  These funds raised will go toward mold tooling, shaft procurement, first run production and marketing.

Basically, if you do the math, we only need 1000 investors at $100 each to make our goal.  I think our investors will we have some pretty sweet perks to select from.

We will keep you posted to the exact release date for the Assassin Kayak Paddle.

Again, thanks for your continued support and dedication!

Paddle on my friends!



Assassin Kayak Paddle – Revolutionary Design Unveiled

The Assassin Kayak Paddle, a full size kayak paddle, is Backwater Paddle Company’s latest paddle design.  Our innovative paddle projects continue to revolutionize the paddle sports market.

If you have seen our legendary Assault Hand Paddles…you would come to expect another very unique and functional designed paddle to follow.  As they preach in the engineering world…”form follows function,” and “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke!!”

Well, we just made the BEST kayak paddle…in the world!!

Our patented “hook and teeth” blade design, and proprietary raised graphics package not only contribute to function and aesthetics, but deliver the energy of the Assassin Kayak Paddle.

Assassin Kayak Paddle

Assassin Kayak Paddle prototypes showing left and right blade designs.

Backwater Paddle Company is known throughout the paddle sports industry for its legendary Assault Hand Paddles.   These unique hand paddles have revolutionized paddle sportsmen’s stealth and mobility.  Paddle sportsmen and kayak anglers utilize the compact and lightweight hand paddle to single-handedly maneuver their kayaks while continuing to stalk their prey.

Comparing the Assassin Kayak Paddle to the Assault Hand Paddle, you note the similarities in the proprietary blade design, with major differences in blade width and length.   Both paddles deliver in performance, yet convey that extreme “awesome” factor!!

Assassin vs Assault Paddles

Assassin Kayak Paddle and Assault Hand Paddle size comparison.

Big brother meet little brother!!  We wanted our kayak paddle to have the same features, and more abilities, than its little hand paddle brother.  We totally achieved success!!

Even better, with your Assassin Kayak Paddle, you now have total capability to paddle out to your fishing hole or hunting grounds, through the densest of brush and around obstacles.  You will be confident in knowing your kayak paddle will help grab, pull or push you…providing unparalleled mobility.  When on station, put the Assassin away, break out the Assault Hand Paddle…and continue fishing or hunting with unequalled stealth and mobility!!

The Assassin Kayak Paddle will be made from a 10% nylon infused polypropylene for strength and durability, with a UV additive for longevity.  The kayak blades are 7 1/2″ wide by 18″ long.  The patented blades will be attached to fiberglass or carbon fiber shafts, coming in standard 230, 240 and 250 cm lengths.  We will provide custom cut shaft lengths per customer order.

Assassin Kayak Paddle prototype

Assassin Kayak Paddle prototype, left blade, back side.

Through our diligent marketing and advertising campaigns, Backwater Paddle Company has grown to 80+ dealers spread around the nation, and 25+ international dealers.   This provides a solid platform for quickly introducing the Assassin Kayak Paddle into the paddle sports market.

MSRP $119 – $129.00  Available Winter 2015.

As more information and photos becomes available, we will post them accordingly.  If you want to become a Backwater Paddle Company dealer, contact Ed at for more information.  Thanks for your continued support.

Paddle on my friends!!

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Backwater Paddle Company R&D Making Next Move

Introducing the Assassin Kayak Paddle…the Assault Hand Paddles’ big brother!!

Coming Fall 2015!!

Assassin Kayak Paddle CAD photo.   Coming Fall 2015.

Assassin Kayak Paddle CAD photo. Left blade, power side.

The value of Assault Hand Paddles have been growing exponentially in the paddle sports community.  With our patented “hook and teeth” blade, raised graphics package, and fully functional design…the “awesome factor” is spreading like wild fire!!

Through our diligent marketing, and solid product strategy, we now have 80+ Backwater Paddle Company dealers spread around the nation, and increasing weekly!

According to the latest data from ICAST: The sport fishing industry generated 53.5 billion dollars in 2014. Kayak anglers currently account for 7-12% of all anglers. The number of kayakers in North America is approximately 8 million.  Do  the math…there is some serious money for the taking out there!!

We continue, as an industry, to try and provide all the latest paddle sports equipment, gear and accessories to the paddle sportsman, and sportswoman.   Every year the outdoor retail industry promotes shows and expos devoted to new products and innovations.

Perusing all the latest paddle sports marketing material, most of the research and development has been applied toward kayak designs and redesigns, as well as kayaking accessories.

Paddle design, more or less, has been simply relegated to the paddle shaft connections.  Paddle manufacturers seemed to have figured out 20 different ways to connect your paddle shaft halves together.  Basic research and development of blade design, and blade materials, have pretty much all been played out over the years.

Backwater Paddle Company will not be a one-hit wonder in the paddle sports market. Our Assault Hand Paddles patented blade design solved a stealth and mobility issue.

As a small business, we listened to the paddle sportsmen, worked diligently at identifying the problem, and provided an extremely functional solution. Again we are listening…introducing the Assassin Kayak Paddle.  Backwater Paddle Company has been diligently working on a new paddle design. The Assassin, a full size kayak paddle with the patented “hook and teeth” blade design, and raised graphics package is in the works.

Assassin Kayak Paddle

Assassin Kayak Paddle CAD photo.  Left blade, front and back.

As we state…our paddles are revolutionizing paddle sportsmen’s stealth and mobility!  They will be BADASS…100% guaranteed!!

We are looking towards Fall 2015 to introduce our Assassin Kayak Paddle to the paddle sports community. We will keep you posted as to their unveiling.

Thanks for your continued support!  Paddle on my friends!!

Malibu Kayaks and Backwater Paddle Company In Joint Kayak Duck Hunting Promotion

Backwater Paddle Company was approached by Malibu Kayaks to do a joint marketing campaign this upcoming duck hunting season.   Malibu Kayaks wanted to take the lead in promoting kayak duck hunting by outfitting their X-Factor kayak in camo.  To spice up the promotion, Malibu Kayaks wanted to include one of our Assault Hand Paddles into the promotional deal.  Malibu Kayaks found out about our assault Hand paddles from the Best of Show at the AFTA Awards this year. Below is Malibu Kayaks start of their kayak duck hunting marketing campaign, including the Assault Hand Paddle.

Malibu Kayaks and Backwater Paddles in joint kayak duck hunting promotion.

Malibu Kayaks and Backwater Paddles in joint kayak duck hunting promotion.

Malibu Kayaks, a world leader in fishing kayaks designed for pro anglers, is teaming up with internationally recognized paddle company, Backwater Paddles, for the launch of their limited edition X-Factor in the new ‘Duck Hunting Camo’.   Only 100 of this kayak will be made during the 2013 hunting season, and will come equipped with a Malibu Kayaks Spider Angler Seat and Backwater’s patented Assault Hand Paddle.

After thousands of requests from fowl hunting fans to create a wooded camo, Malibu Kayaks surveyed the public to help design the specially selected blend of forest greens, browns, and sands that will easily blend into most US and Canadian flyways.  In 2011, 90.1 million US citizens participated in the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.  Of that number, 9.4 million both fished and hunted, and 2.6 million are registered migratory fowl hunters.  With numbers like that, the need for a reliable and easy mode of transport into difficult regions of popular flyways was hard to deny.  Compounding consumers needs are the ever increasing regulations and fines imposed on motor boats in local waterways, regulations that don’t apply to a paddled kayak.  A low-lying, sit-on-top kayak acts as a much more advantageous partner to the duck hunter, by providing more cover, less noise, and easier access – not only in the surrounding territory but at the paddlers hands.  With a 360 degree view and ability to jump on and off quickly, that includes Fido who fits easily on the gator hatch or back well, the user is able to spend less time adjusting and more time enjoying his sport.  The X-Factor, originally designed for fly fishing, is 14’.4” long, 33” wide, and weighs in at 62lbs, allowing consumers to enjoy a ride that is stable, quick, easily transportable and has ample storage. Always ensure to get adequate Camping Supplies as to not run into any form of shortage.

Promotional partner Backwater Paddles’ Assault hand paddle, recently awarded  “Best of Show” at the Australian Fishing and Tackle Association Trade Show, is a revolutionary tool for duck hunters, who credit it with their ability to stealthily enter small spaces and retrieve fowl.  When approached by Malibu Kayaks, owner, lead designer and US Navy veteran Ed Halm was quick to agree on a joint promotion stating, “I designed this paddle to maximize maneuverability, productivity, and most importantly, fun.  Malibu Kayaks’ new duck hunting camo fits right in with what Backwater Paddles is all about, and I can’t wait to get out there on one!”  A representative for Malibu Kayaks quickly agreed, “Working with an innovative and progressive company like Backwater is a dream come true – we’re all about creativity and passion, and it’s clear Ed runs his company for the love of the sport.”

In conjunction with the limited edition release, Malibu Kayaks will be offering a monthly blog series centered around duck hunting on your kayak at their new website  Their representative expressed the company’s excitement with the statement, “Duck Hunting has been around just about as long as fishing, and the two sports often go hand-in-hand with consumers who switch up their hat as soon as the seasons change.  Amazingly enough, we’re the first major manufacturer to really listen in and take a focus on blending these two divisions together, and we’d like to thank our fans for all their help and insight.  We hope this first step for our brand, and for the kayaking world, is received with the same level of excitement we have, and we would like to invite consumers to continue offering their valuable expertise to help better the experience – who knows what we have up our sleeves for next season!”

The Duck Hunting X-Factor is available for a limited run only and must be purchased through a verified Malibu Kayaks Dealer, who can be found here:

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ICAST 2011 Will Be Instrumental In Backwater Paddle Company’s Future Growth

2011 ICAST OSI Booth

The ICAST 2011 Showin Las Vegas last week was Backwater Paddle Company’s (BPC) first venture into the fishing sports marketing arena.  Our national distributor, Outdoor Specialty Innovations (OSI),invited me to attend as their guest.  Ron Baskett, OSI’s main man, and his crew helped soften the sensory overload by providing a booth chair  for me  to observe how the game is played.   I had to mention “chair” for the simple fact I spent a lot of time holding it to the floor, as I just blown my knee out earlier in the week.   Being in Las Vegas and confined to a chair was not the experience I had in mind for this road trip! 

Mind you, my full intentions in coming to Las Vegas was for the ICAST Trade Show experience.  I had to see and feel the atmosphere of an event of this magnitude.  Next week Backwater Paddle Company will be sponsoring our own booth (Booth MZ-163) at the Outdoor Retailer Show (OR) in Salt Lake City, Utah.  What a wake up call the trip to Las Vegas has been!

So being semi-incapicitated, I was forced to slow down, watch, learn and observe the tactics being displayed to posture your product before the respective buyers.  The atmosphere is electric.  You cannot imagine the scope of this venue.   It takes a couple of hours to saunter by and visit each booth throughout the venue.  Quite frankly, I’m not sure that I even saw every booth displaying their wares?  It was that massive.

The dollars budgeted for the displays alone by some of these well entrenched and major sporting goods companies is mind blowing.   Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent to provide the most attractive, ginormous and eye catching display possible.  Think Eagle Claw, Daiwa, Shimano, Rapala, Zebco all laying it all out for their buyers.  In this business, you do not get a second chance to make a first impression!!

So coming back to Florida was a bit titillating.  Now I had to face reality and the scope of the upcoming OR Trade Show.   Suddenly it was not just new ideas on how to market our product, but realizing how small BPC really is!   Now it becomes…how do we maximize our exposure without going bankrupt…basically, getting more bang for our buck.  Again, realizing that simply stretching our 3 x 5 BPC logo banner between two stanchions is not going to cut it! 

As we prepare for the upcoming Outdoor Retail Show in Salt Lake City next week, it is Backwater Paddle Company’s time to step off the porch, get down into the yard and run with the big dogs.  With great anticipation and some trepidation, we are hoping to make our mark in the paddle sports industry. 

At the ICAST Show we met, and will be networking with, some of the more experienced sporting goods manufacturers in establishing industry contacts for Backwater Paddles future growth.  As we work on a time frame for the introduction of our new Piranha-X hand paddle, these new contacts will be instrumental in achieving our goals. 

Now I sit here blogging, patiently waiting for my $2000 pop-up display to arrive here in Florida.  After observing the “minimum standard” of displays at the ICAST Show, we had to bite the bullet and not be the odd man out for the upcoming OR Show.  This short time frame between the events is all we had to work with in providing a unique and eye catching display. 

Actually, the graphics are what we hope to be the attention grabber.  This pop-up display is 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide, and collapses down into a shipping container.  My main man, Terry Griffin at Colossal Signs in Cocoa Beach, tightened up the graphics for the display.

So again, we wait patiently for the display to be sent from Rhode Island for our inspection and trial set up prior to sending it on to Salt Lake City.  How tight is the schedule you ask…the display is supposed to arrive August 2nd and we are on the plane August 3rd.

Panicking…not yet.

Backwater Paddles will Attend ICAST 2011 and OR Summer Show 2011

Backwater Paddle Company Logo

Backwater Paddle Company, home of the patented Predator and Piranha Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles, is attending two of the major industry retail trade shows within the next couple of weeks.

Backwater Paddle Company will be represented at the ICAST Show 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada July 13th – 16th by our distributor, Outdoor Specialty Innovations.   Easy2HookUSA at booth 1060, will feature the Backwater Paddle Company line as well as the other outdoor retail lines represented by Outdoor Specialty Innovations.

Backwater Paddle Company will be represented at the Outdoor Retail Summer Show 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah this August 3rd – 6th at booth MZ-1630.   Our national distributor, Outdoor Specialty Innovations, will be available alongside for more outdoor product representation.

We encourage all paddle and outdoor sport sales reps and vendors to stop by our booths, introduce themselves, exchange stories and place orders.

See you in Las Vegas next week, and in Salt Lake City next month! 

Paddle on my friends!!

Backwater Paddle Company Truck Photos

Waiting in the grass!

Looking AWESOME!!  Just recently had the Backwater Paddle Company Truck wrapped.  Terry Griffith from Colossal Signs of Cocoa Beach, Florida designed and attached the wrap over a couple of day period.

I have been so busy, that I finally just got some time to head down to the St Johns River and take some pics.  The early morning sun and the St Johns River watershed provided the lighting and backdrop.

Watching You!!

 If you haven’t noticed…the two sides are wrapped differently.  The passenger side is the Piranha and the drivers side the Predator model.

Looking Bad-ass!!

 I can’t believe all the attention the Backwater Paddle Truck wrap draws.   As a matter of fact, I have to get used to everyone staring at me while driving down the road!  No I have to consciously drive the truck in “normal” (foot out of the throttle) mode because all the attention it draws!!

The Backwater Paddle Company Truck is making the rounds throughout the southeast tournament trails.  Hope to see you one day.  Paddle on my friends!!

The Evolution of Fishing Kayaks and Kayak Fishing Hand Paddles

Fishing with Predator Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle

Paddle sports, particularly kayak fishing, are the fastest growing water sport today.  Kayaking, canoeing and rafting are now destination activities.   With all the green and eco friendly activities available, paddle sports have dominated the outdoor adventure scene.   Paddle sports are low impact on the environment, inexpensive, thrilling and always memorable.

Not to be left out, the fishing and sporting communities wanted in on this explosion.  Kayakers, anglers and sportsmen merged concepts and technologies.  Along with diversity came opportunity.  New specialty equipment, gear and accessories evolved.  Fishing kayaks and kayak fishing hand paddles evolved from this call to action. Don’t forget to properly store your kayak when you are done, click here to see the best way to store a kayak in a garage.

With the rapid growth of paddle sports, there has been a definitive diversification of the sport into various disciplines.  All the technological and manufacturing advancements have fueled the sudden increase in the sport.  Kayak fisherman and kayak sportsman have recently dominated the growth in the paddle sports arena.

Kayak fishermen, also known as kayak anglers, and kayak sportsmen require specialty equipment, gear and accessories to effectively pursuit their sport.  Their fishing kayaks and fishing hand paddles are specifically designed to accommodate their dynamic environments and distinctive sporting activities.

Kayak anglers and sportsmen have designed boats for easy access and mobility.  Many facets of their kayak design reflect accoutrements that were found only on motorized fishing vessels.  Today you can find rod holders, live wells, storage compartments, battery wells, fish finders, anchors, etc.  If they can fit a specialty fishing accessory on a twelve to fourteen foot kayak, they will try to get it on there!  They even have twin hulled, foot propelled and battery operated kayaks for the hard core anglers.

For ease of access and dismount, the anglers use a modified version of the sit on top kayak, or SOT.  SOT’s were a natural conversion platform for kayak anglers. These boats are self bailing, meaning that any water that gets in the kayak will be drained away by gravity.  Getting on and off is much easier than a sit in kayak.  Turning or sliding around to access tackle or gear behind you is a much simpler evolution.

With this approach to fishing from kayaks, came another conundrum that caused problems in the kayak angling community.  How do you paddle and fish at the same time?  Think about it.  Can you hold your fishing rod and a kayak paddle at the same time?

Paddling your kayak and fishing at the same time became a comedy on the water.  It takes two hands to wrangle a seven foot kayak paddle, no matter how you hold it.  Throw in a fishing pole, and you soon realize you need three hands!

Kayak fishing hand paddles evolved from pioneering anglers solving this problem with ping pong paddles, Kadema paddles, modified badminton racquets and the sort.  They could hold onto their fishing rod and with the other hand paddle their boat stealthily toward their prey.

It soon became apparent that flailing a seven foot paddle is not conducive to shallow water, or skinny water fishing.  The fish can see you!   The best way to sneak up on your prey is to glide stealthily toward them.   While holding your fishing rod, using a little six or seven ounce fishing hand paddle to propel your kayak, about 16” long, is perfect for the task.

As you begin your foray into kayak fishing, do your research.  Peruse the internet, talk to local anglers, visit local outfitters and try various kayak platforms and fishing hand paddles.  That little effort will certainly make your fishing trip much more rewarding and memorable.

Fish on!!