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Assault Hand Paddle Review by BassGrab.com

Assault Hand Paddle Review

by Wesley Anderson of BassGrab.com

Product: Assault Kayak Fishing Hand Paddle
Manufacturer: 
Backwater Paddle Company
MSRP:
$29.95

Introduction
It’s always fun working with smaller companies who have come up with a great fishing tool, and Backwater Paddles has done exactly that. The Assault Hand Paddle concept is simple – a paddle you can use with one hand that’s as sturdy as a rock. The team at Backwater Paddle Company definitely kept kayak anglers in mind when designing this hand paddle.

Assualt Hand Kayak Paddle

Features List

  • 22 inches long
  • 15 inch blade length
  • 6 inches wide
  • 12 ounces
  • Wrist Strap
  • Foam Handle
  • Carved out hook in the blade – used for grabbing fishing line, tree branches, etc.
  • Blade teeth for added friction when pushing off rocks

Testing the Assault Hand Paddle

Backwater Paddle Company advertises that you can use the paddle to maneuver your kayak while fighting a fish, and they’re exactly right. While holding your rod in one hand, you can use the other to paddle yourself around an obstacle or position yourself for landing a fish. Using the wrist strap makes it easy to go from paddling to reeling and back to paddling to make sure you’re keeping the line tight.

Not only is the paddle a useful tool when fighting a fish, it’s also a great way to get yourself out of various trouble you could find yourself in. How many times have you accidentally gone too shallow and gotten stuck? Don’t risk breaking your actual paddle, instead grab the Assault Hand Paddle. It comes with teeth on one end to help grip wet rocks and you’ll be able to push off and get back on the water. At over 1 cm thick, this paddle is as sturdy as they come.

Backwater Paddles will also replace your Assault Hand Paddle free of charge if you break it. They’ll just want to hear the crazy story of how you broke their paddle! To test its durability we smacked it on rocks, pushed off the ground with most of our weight on it, and threw it off a roof just for fun. It stood up to the test.

Finally, we had to make sure it was water friendly. What good is it to be sturdy if it’s heavy and probably sinks? Well, that would be wrong on both accounts. The hand paddle is lightweight and it floats. The water won’t be able to claim this tool that we’ve used our hard earned money on. Nope, this paddle is around for the long haul.

Backwater Kayak Hand Paddle Kayaking Near Trees
Pushing off a Rock with Kayak Paddle Floating Kayak Hand Paddle

Pros

Sturdy – We haven’t seen a sturdier hand paddle out there. This paddle will last you a long time, and if you ever break it they’ll send you another for free.

Floats – You won’t lose this paddle, especially if you go with the orange color. It floats and sticks out on the water.

Efficient – Controlling your kayak with one hand is the dream.

Price – $29.95 is a great deal for the paddle, especially with the 100% guarantee replacement warranty.

Cons

Storage – The only downside we found was there isn’t really a great place to store an extra paddle with easy access on our kayaks with our full gear load. That being said, this paddle is useful enough that we’ll come up with a spot for it.

Final Thoughts

The Assault Hand Paddle will be one of the most useful tools you’ll put in your kayak. It will definitely help get you out of tight places, and you’ll be able to stealthily move your kayak with one hand when you’re stalking fish and paddling. A kayak angler should especially consider adding this to their arsenal if they ever plan on fishing in current or wind. It is a game changer.

Australian Fishing Network Review Of Assault Hand Paddles

 

Australian Fishing Network

 Whether you’re angling for freshwater species or sport fishing for saltwater fish; we’ve got the best fishing reports, fishing spots and a great online fishing shop. We demonstrate various fishing techniques – from game fishing to fly fishing; where to get a fishing license and showcase all of the latest fishing tackle. AFN is your one stop destination for fishing in Australia.

Orange Assault Hand Paddle

FEATURES

Backwater Paddle Company’s Assault hand paddle screams “Don’t mess with me, I’ve got your number”. Its scary fish skeleton and teeth motif are a theme carried into the paddle blades physical design, which includes a hook as well as the paddles second set of dentures.

The blade hook assists kayak anglers grab onto an overhanging tree branch or jetty and draw a kayak in. The teeth allow the reverse kayak motion by providing some traction to push away from structure.

With a design evolved from a World War II US Air Force jungle survival tool by company head Ed Halm, the paddle is constructed of 10% fiberglass and infused polypropylene plastic. The Assaults construction ingredients allow it to float should it try an escape. Absconding is hindered by a foam grip and lanyard.

Assault Hand Paddle

ON WATER TESTING

In practice, the best endorsement of the Assault’s utility is that the tournament guys use them to gain an edge. “They help set up a silent cast at a snag. When a kayak is disoriented by wind or current, or drifting in too quick, reaching for a full length paddle can create noise and spook fish”, says tournament kayak angler and Hobie guru Scott Lovig. “A quick forward or reverse re-orientating paddle stroke with the Assault can be done with one hand, while a rod is ready for a cast in the other. Alternately, the hook can allow attachment to a branch upstream of a target snag”.

In verification mode I tested the Assault in amongst the timber on Lake Fyans, a Victorian trout and redfin water. Paddling a Dagger Drifter II, a kayak more workhorse than a nimble fox, the Assault achieved all expectations. When mooching from tree to tree, only one or two paddle strokes were required to aim a kayak bow, and then fire a cast. With wind assisted kayak motion drifting onto a tree, the Assault blade is effectively an oversized rudder guiding you in.

The hook and teeth aided snag traction, and I was also impressed that it allowed me to navigate under branches more easily than a full paddle length would. In shallow water over rocks, an Assault hand paddle could also save more expensive paddle blade damage. To test the Assault’s strength, I thumped it around during testing and it was unbreakable, no kayak fishing gear is, but there’d have to be a whole lot of force and a good fisherman’s tale behind snapping an Assault. If you’re an in tight and snaggy kayak angler, the Assault is a worthy multi-tasking paddle buddy.

Contact www.mlte.com.au for stockists

                                                                         www.freshwaterfishing.com.au

Backwater Paddle Company Ready For The Holidays

Again, the holidays have snuck up on us.  It is already November!  Thanksgiving is just a week away…and we are already inundated with Christmas advertising!!  TV, newspaper, magazines, radio, Face Book, Twitter, Pinterest, billboards, even the dude standing outside your favorite store ringing the bell soliciting your change for the “red pot”…you cannot escape the fact that Christmas is here!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday…time to get your marketing and advertising campaigns in gear, or get left behind!!  Time waits for no man!!  Not even Santa Claus!!

Below is some of the photos we are using for this seasons holiday advertising campaigns.

Santa's Orange Assault Hand Paddle

Santa’s Orange Assault Hand Paddle

As you can see, the Assault Hand Paddles are a perfect fit for the legendary Christmas stockings.  Paddle sportsmen around the world will be waking up to see what Santa has left under the tree, or hanging from the fireplace mantle.  Along with their new kayak…they are hoping for the latest paddle sports gear, equipment and accessories that will compliment their growing hobby.

Assault Hand Paddles...the perfect stocking stuffer!

Assault Hand Paddles…the perfect stocking stuffer!

Thankfully, we are in the game this year with our holiday marketing.  Having over 50 dealers around the country significantly enhances our brand exposure and availability.  Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) has three stores and buys four to five dozen paddles a month!

We are now working with an e-mail consulting agency.   They provide us with professionally designed templates, from which we add our own text and photos.  They track the sending, opening and bounce rates, providing us feedback for our e-mail campaigns.  This alone has stepped up our corporate identity, profile and professionalism within the paddle sports community.

So, on to the season…from the Backwater Paddle Company family…Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah…

Let it snow…let it snow…let it snow!!

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Assault Hand Paddle review by Aaron Stiger

By Aaron Stiger

Aaron Stiger is a force in the kayak angling community.  He is a member for the Jackson Kayak Fishing team, Crew for Hook 1 Kayak Fishing Gear and Pro Staff for Manley Rods. 

Backwater Paddle Company most appreciates your time and consideration in providing us with this awesome review Aaron!

How many times have you found yourself floating down a river, or holding a spot on flat water when the current or wind takes you past the area you intended to fish. You are now out of position, and handling your paddle is noisy, clunky and will more than likely scare away any fish in the area.
In situations like this, especially in the fall when the water is very clear, it is important to have a stealth approach to handling and maneuvering your kayak. Today, I am going to review a product that I feel can make a huge impact on your fishing by being a positive fish factor in your kayak. This product is the Assault Hand Paddle by Edward Halm’s Backwater Paddle Company.

When you first see the paddle, you will see it comes it one of two colors: “Orange” or “OD-Green.” Each spring, Backwater Paddle Company also solicits votes from paddle outdoorsmen for new colors, so be on the lookout and vote for your favorite color. This is a great feature and shows that the company is truly in-touch with the kayak anglers and other outdoorsmen it serves.
After picking up the paddle, you will notice it’s almost a full pound. Weighing in at 12 ounces, this brute paddle is made for daily use. It is 22 inches long and the blade is over ¼ inch wide. This sturdy plastic is made for taking punishment on the water. Also featured on the blade is a hook, which is used for pulling, and teeth, which are used for pushing. I will detail these aspects in more detail later in the review. The handle is also covered in foam which aids in the paddle’s buoyancy and comfort. A rope lanyard is also attached, which allows it to stay on your wrist or tethered to you kayak.

On the water, I found myself finding various uses for this paddle. The first place I found it especially helpful was to approach a partially-submerged brush pile. When fishing shallow or clear water, dipping a paddle and knocking it off of branches underwater puts fish from a predatory to prey mentality. Your chances of catching a fish decrease significantly. Approaching the brush pile, I simply used the hook feature to grab onto a branch. I continued to grab another time to get even closer, and I then tethered off onto one of the branches. I tethered by clipping a small carabineer onto the rope and then securing it to my kayak. This worked brilliantly.

Another significant use I immediately found for the hook was after I got my lure caught in the submerged limbs. Normally, I test the strength of my knot, line and rod tip as I pull and tug, trying to free the lure. With the Assault Hand Paddle, it was a much more simplified process. I took the hook of the paddle, and grabbed the small branch, pulled the branch up, and freed the lure with my hand.

After fishing around the wood pile, it was time to push off. I untethered the orange Assault paddle and used the teeth side of the paddle to dig into a log and push my kayak a sufficient distance away from the brush pile so I could begin my normal paddle stroke.

It was not long when I realized another opportunity arose for the Assault Hand Paddle. Normally on a river, fishing headwater is extremely difficult in a kayak. Most of the time, a kayaker will simply blow through the headwater, riffles, and only fish the back end of a pool. I have tried to fish headwater in the past, but it always required me to drop my anchor in and let it drag, undoubtedly scaring any resident fish I was targeting. Today, I was able to locate a stray tree caught on a rock right at the push water before the riffle. The process I took was to tether the Assault Hand Paddle to the side of my kayak, secure the hook to the exposed limb, and begin fishing. This paddle surprised me at how well it held up in the push water. Even though the water was trying to push my kayak downstream with all its might, the paddle held, and I was able to stand and cast until I was satisfied I had fished the area thoroughly. When I was done, I unhooked the paddle, and pushed off as I was taken quickly downstream through the riffle.

Throughout the day, I tend to target my casts more and more precisely on an ordinary fishing trip. This means I am pinpointing specific targets, often around heavy cover. As I continued this ritual, I found myself hooked up in a tree about 8 feet in a branch. I was unable to reach it by hand, but immediately had an idea. I saw a low-hanging branch and tethered my OD-Green Assault Paddle to it. I then let out line, and took my Orange Assault Paddle and hooked onto the small limb, bringing the lure into reach, and freeing it. In this scenario I was rocking the boat back and forth, and even was able to jump up to reach the limb. The OD-Green Assault Paddle never let off its grip. What a great application of two paddles that scenario proved to be.

One of the most well-known uses of the Assault Hand Paddle is for maneuverability and positioning of your kayak. Today, I did this countless times and the subtle ease of movement around structure or to maintain a position on a slow-moving section of river was invaluable. Not having to occupy both hands with a paddle, and just quickly using a hand stroke to maintain my spot allowed me to fire-off more casts, and catch more fish.

Having my Assault Hand Paddle served one final purpose on the day. The water I typically fish is extremely skinny. I often drag much of the flow or try to paddle through, digging my expensive paddle into the rocky river bottom. By using the Assault Paddle, I was able to save the wear and tear on my other paddle when I would get stuck on bottom. By using the teeth to push into the river bottom, I was able to free myself without getting into the 50 degree water. This was extremely convenient and kept me dry.
One final use I can see for the paddle that I was not able to try today was to use the paddle as an ice breaker. I fish quite often in the winter and sometimes find my kayak surrounded and stuck by skim ice. Normally, I carry a hatchet with me, but now I will simply carry an Assault Hand Paddle. With Backwater Paddle Company’s warranty of “100% Guarantee, You Break it We Replace it,” I feel comfortable placing this paddle through the wringer.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at the Assault Hand Paddle’s versatility. After using it, I realize it is the Swiss Army Knife of kayak paddles, and there are none like it. For $29.95 at http://www.kayakfishinggear.com/search?q=assault+paddle&type=product it is a no-brainer as far as an accessory for the kayak. It was a great tool to have on the water, and I look forward to exploring many more uses for this paddle in the future.

 

Assault Hand Paddle Review by Shane Coleman from “Marsh Life Yakin”

Review: Backwater Assault Hand Paddle

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If you’re like me, when I first started seeing the Assault Hand Paddle by Backwater Paddle Company on social media I could not for the life of me understand what importance or usefulness this thing could have. There were some well-known people in the kayak fishing community who were promoting them but I chalked it up to good marketing at best. I figured I did not need another paddle other than the one that I use to get from one place to the other. What could I do with the Assault Paddle that I couldn’t already do with the paddle that I have?

Assault Hand Paddle providing stealth and mobility!

Assault Hand Paddle providing stealth and mobility!

Let me share with you when my thoughts began to change about this paddle’s usefulness. As many of you know, I spend a lot of time sight fishing in very skinny water. Stealth is a very important factor in this manner of fishing. While on the water, I found myself in constant circumstances when I needed to move my kayak a short distance or just reposition it. I noticed that when I would retrieve my paddle or set it back down on the kayak, there was a propensity to make unwanted noise. Even if I was successful at maintaining stealth mode, it required a great deal of effort. And when I wasn’t successful, well it usually ended up with some fleeing reds that I had worked so hard to stalk. It was during these situations that I began to reconsider my initial negative impression of the Assault Hand Paddle. It was during these situations that I wished I had such a valuable tool.

After some consideration, I decided to get one and I figured that even if I didn’t use it, I would only be out about thirty bucks. Luckily, I was able to pick one up locally at Ship To Shore Co. Now, let me just say I have used the Assault Paddle for almost a month. I usually like to wait longer before writing a review but I have used this paddle so much (more than what I thought I would) and it has served its purpose so extremely well, I figured there was no need to wait longer. This paddle allows me to move my kayak short distances, reposition it to set up for that perfect cast, or to paddle with one hand while holding my rod to retrieve a snagged lure. More importantly, it allows me to do all these things without making noise because it is small and I can keep it within arms reach. I can quietly retrieve it and move around with very little effort. And this means a better chance of getting on those reds feeding in skinny water!

Certainly there are more benefits and uses for this paddle but for the sake of brevity I will leave it at this, as this is the main reason I wanted one. I have no doubt about the product’s quality. Just holding it in my hand was enough to see that the Assault Paddle is very durable and could take a beating. Oh, if you are wondering if it floats… it does. I say this not because I read it but because I know from personal experience. I accidentally knocked it out of my kayak when I grabbed my net to land a nice red and when I turned around there it was floating!

If you are anywhere near Lake Charles, LA and would like to check out the Assault Paddles by Backwater Paddle Company, head over to Ship To Shore Co because they have them in stock. If you are like me, sometimes it’s nice to be able to see a product first hand before making the decision to purchase. The Assault Paddle is definitely a very useful tool and is well worth the small price tag. So, what can I do with it that I can’t do with my regular kayak paddle? Well, I can do the same things but I can do them with more ease and with STEALTH!

Shane Coleman from Marsh Life Yakin (www.marshlifeyakin.com)

Backwater Paddle Company Debuts New Web Site

Looking Bad-ass!!

Looking Bad-ass!!

You NEVER get a second chance to make a first impression!!

Welcome to 2014!!  It is all about branding!!  You must impress at first sight.  The first thing a customer or guest investigating your brand visits, is your company website.  Backwater Paddle Company’s 2008 designed web site has been upgraded, renovated, elevated, improved, refurbished, revamped…plain old modernized!!

Check this out…Backwater Paddle Company’s new web site!  Times are a changing!!

Thankfully, right underneath my nose…my “adolescent” nephew.  Brandon, who seemingly grew up over night…now is a full grown man working in the computer programming and design industry.  Without any fan fare, he hinted at trashing my six year old “clunky and boxy” web site, and getting with the times!

Without hesitation, I green lighted his enthusiasm and gave him full artistic license.  Within a couple of weeks, he presented his vision.  I knew anything would be better than before.  His design far exceeded my expectations!!   The best part, besides the smooth and fluid layout…the visitor can access all the Backwater Paddle Company social sites and blog from the web site.  Of course, you can be the judge of that!!

Along with branding our company…Backwater Paddle Company continues to support the kayak angling community by sponsoring local and national tournaments.  We have been invited to sponsor one of the nations largest kayak fishing tournaments in 2015.  The Kayak Fishing Classics is a multi-leg, multi date, tournament with national finals held at Tampa Bay.

We continue our march forward with full expectations that Backwater Paddle Company will transform the worlds paddle sports market!  Thanks for all your support!!

Paddle on my friends!!

Backwater Paddle Company Receives 2014 Best of Rockledge Award

2014 Rockledge Award

2014 Rockledge Award

Rockledge Award Program Honors the Achievement

ROCKLEDGE September 10, 2014 — Backwater Paddle Company has been selected for the 2014 Best of Rockledge Award in the Sporting Goods Manufacturers category by the Rockledge Award Program.

Each year, the Rockledge Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Rockledge area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Rockledge Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Rockledge Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Rockledge Award Program

The Rockledge Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Rockledge area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Rockledge Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Backwater Paddle Company Dealer Network Growing

 

Assault Hand Paddle getting ready for the revolution.

Assault Hand Paddle getting ready for the revolution.

Backwater Paddle Company.  Ever heard of us before??  Probably.  If you are a paddle sportsman or kayak angler, you may have seen our patented Assault Hand Paddles being used or talked about at your last paddling adventure.  Maybe, even seen them at one of your local kayak angling tournaments being awarded as prizes.

Backwater Paddle Company has been working hard at marketing and branding our name all over the map!   We have 40+ dealers located around the nation, as well as 20+ dealers spread throughout the international paddling community.   Within these national dealers, many have multiple locations within and outside their home states, placing us in over 50+ stores around the country.

If you are involved with the paddle sports community, you may very well have heard or visited some of these iconic paddle sports shops carrying the Assault Hand Paddles.  Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), Hook 1, Appomattox River Company (ARC), GET:Outdoors, OKC Kayak, Wild River Outfitters (WRO), Delaware Paddlesports…just to name a few of the larger regional shops.

You can visit the Backwater Paddle Company Dealer Page to get the locations of dealers in your area.  Should you NOT find a BPC dealer in your locale, provide us the name of your local paddle sports shop NOT CARRYING our paddles, and we will talk to them personally.

Having said all that…Backwater Paddle Company is still not in the big box stores, like Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain, Academy Sports, Cabelas…yet.  To be honest, not sure why?  We have been diligently sending them product, filling out all their paperwork and applications…yet no response.  It is like these big box stores are vacuums, sucking up all the info and product, yet never hearing back.  However…failure is not an option!  Time and perseverance are on our side!!

We continue to sell our hand paddles via the Backwater Paddle Company web store with much success.  Not to miss any other internet sales revenue channels, Backwater Paddle Company also has the Assault Hand Paddles listed for purchase on the legendary Amazon and E-bay sites.  Surprisingly, we get quite a few sales from these sites.

The Backwater Paddle Company Face Book page community has steady grown to over 6300 fans!  We continue to sponsor kayak fishing tournaments around the country.  A number of kayak fishing clubs have placed our logo on their tournament jerseys!

I just placed an order for another Gaylord (5′ x 5′ x 5′ box) of polypropylene pellets to be used in the next batch of hand paddles.  That should get us around 1700 more paddles.  We went through the last Gaylord in 5 months!  With all the new dealers coming on board, and the holidays coming up, we just my have to get another run in just before the holidays.

Looking ahead…just setup an appointment with our CAD designer.  We will be working on the new blade design for the future kayak paddles.  We still do not have a commitment for the necessary funds to begin the kayak paddle project.  But, having the CAD work done and being able to present that to prospective investors is paramount for  moving forward.

We also have been entertaining the idea of submitting our kayak paddle project to Kick Starter.   It is a social investment program.  More to come on that later.

As you can see, Backwater Paddle Company is steady moving forward in the paddle sports market.   Until we can break the ice with the big-box stores, we will continue to promote and market to them until they flat out get tired of hearing about us…and just relent!

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

The Assault Hand Paddle revolution is ON!!

 

New Hi-Vis Orange Assault Hand Paddles Debut

As the Assault Hand Paddle continues to gain traction in the paddles sports community, this spring a new color was introduced.  We solicited the advice of our Face Book community for the next color…and orange it was!

Orange Assault Hand Paddle

Orange Assault Hand Paddle debuts

As we already had a low visibility color with the OD Green Assault Hand Paddle (OD = olive drab)…don’t ask me what drab means…our customers and end users thought we needed a hi visibility color for safety.  Makes sense to us.   Green, yellow and orange were suggested colors.

Peliton Plastics from Valdosta, Georgia is the manufacturer of our hand paddles.  A quick phone call to Mike, color ideas and production runs discussed, and we were put in queue for the next available run.  We had our new Orange Assault Hand Paddles within three weeks!  How easy was that?  Made in the USA!!

Assault Hand Paddles

Assault Hand Paddles by Backwater Paddle Company

Marketing the new orange hand paddles was relatively simple.   The orange color highlights the raised graphics package more.  Our FB customers and fans wanted the paddle.  We got the paddles onto Amazon and E-bay.   Sales have been great!  We are also getting serious exposure for the paddles through various kayak angling tournaments Backwater Paddle Company sponsors around the nation.

Assault Hand Paddles

Assault Hand Paddles waiting for action!

Backwater Paddle Company dealers continue to grow.  We have just signed our first Canadian dealer in Ontario.

The Assault Hand Paddles continue to revolutionize the paddle sportsmen’s stealth and mobility!

Paddle on my friends!

 

Backwater Paddle Company in Gear For Spring Time

Backwater Paddle Company Logo

Backwater Paddle Company Logo

Heading into the 2014 spring fishing season, Backwater Paddle Company’s successful introduction of the Assault Hand Paddle early last year put the business solidly on the map with the paddle sports community.   This spring, Backwater Paddle Company will introduce another color for the Assault Hand Paddle.

Social media, particularly the Backwater Paddle Company Face Book page, provides the management instantaneous feedback as to product value, price and function.  Check out the company Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/BackwaterPaddleCompany   So far we have exceeded all expectations on the success of the new hand paddle.  So much so…we are moving forward, again.

We surveyed our loyal Facebook fans regarding a new color choice for the Assault Hand Paddle.  As these paddles are manufactured from plastic, basically ANY color can be molded.   We can even mold proprietary colors.   The overwhelming choice was a safety color, a hi-visibility color.   Yellow, green or orange??  No-one wanted yellow!  Orange seemed to be the favorite and most recommended color.

Hi-vis orange Assault Hand Paddle

“Hi-Vis Orange” Assault Hand Paddle coming Spring 2014!

Coming soon…”Hi-Vis Orange” Assault Hand Paddles!!  They are being molded as we read this blog!  We will also continue to keep our legendary OD Green colored Assault Hand Paddles.  Next spring, new survey…see what colors are fashionable then!

Again, we must mention Facebook.  What an exceptional medium to contact, and be in contact with, the paddle sport fans, sportsmen and sportswomen, anglers, hunters, photographers, inventors and business owners whom contribute to the growth of this sport.  The BPC Facebook page just went over 2000 likes!  Good start for a new company in a growing market.

Below are some statistics for the growth of paddle sports:

– 46.2 million people fish ever year!

– 2010  1 million kayak anglers
– 2011  1.2 million kayak anglers
– 2012  1.4 million kayak anglers
– 2013  1.6 million kayak anglers

– 2012   239,500 kayaks sold…that is a lot of equipment, gear and accessories to go along with each of those sales!

From our continued marketing, customer support, Facebook fans, kayak sportsmen and sportswomen, Backwater Paddle Company now has 29 BPC Dealers in 15 states, all within the past six months!  At least 15 or so in Australia!  We have been adding new dealers at 1 – 2 per week.  Here is the latest list of BPC dealers:  www.backwaterpaddles.com/Dealers.html

We have also been supporting many of the regional kayak angling tournaments.  This type of field marketing provides tremendous exposure for minimal financial expenditure.   Half page ad…$2500.00 in leading kayak angling or paddle sport magazine.  The magazine is looked at, and maybe our ad was perused once, and forgot.  We send six to fifteen paddles per tournament series, receive serious exposure via social media and paddle sport networks, and the paddles are in the hands of the true sportsman…whom continue to promote our product!  Cost…less than $100.00!!

Our plan for 2014 is to get the paddles into the big box stores.  We have been soliciting Bass Pro, Gander Mountain, Academy Sports, Cabelas, Dicks, Sports Authority…but can’t get them to bite, yet.  Not quite sure why they are holding out…but trying to talk to them is impossible.  We will continue expanding our BPC Dealerships around the nation and world.  One shop at a time!!  The Assault Hand Paddle revolution is ON!!

BIG picture…full size kayak paddles.  It is simply a matter of getting the funds together for the mold.  Once we can finance the mold tooling and first run production…we will have resources already available to inventory our stock with our expanding dealer network.  That is a BIG plus in moving Backwater Paddle Company into the BIG LEAGUES!!

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