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. In 1991, Aqua-Bound was born in Surrey, British, Columbia manufacturing paddles for whitewater, touring and recreational kayaking and canoeing. Aqua-Bound quickly became the number one producer of plastic-bladed kayak paddles as they were the first to introduce gas-assist molded paddle blades to the industry. This technology made durable paddles at lighter weights possible. Joe spent a large amount of his time working the phones and growing his business by providing excellent customer service.