Friday, July 17, 2009

Ross Lake trip coming

This classic shot of Colonial and Pyramid Peaks was taken by my daughter Jess on our visit to Ross Lake Resort in 2008.

Ruby Creek Worldwide Operations will take a break for a week starting 3am Sunday 7/19 when we return to the land, actually the lake, of our namesake. Ross Lake tributary Ruby Creek is a long deep canyon in the North Cascades, and my granddad loved to fish there. The family has returned there nearly every summer since he first visited in 1949, a year before the completion of Ross Dam.

Here's a sweet link to a page on the Resort's blog, showing a little of what we may find there this year.

Just saw this post from my friend Steve Weileman, with a cool video showing highlights of the trip he recently guided there. Here's another of Steve's posts with the full story of the trip.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Swift Paddles

L-R: All-carbon Sea Swift; Translucent Wind Swift; Flame Fabric Mid Swift

Swift's Feather-lock ferrule System: the button is protected from accidental engagement by a raised flange; feather angle locks solidly into place in 15-degree increments.

Swift Paddles are made in Burlington WA by the fine folks at Eddyline Kayaks. Here's the Ruby Creek demo stock, available now. These prices are 25% off retail for barely-used paddles:

215cm Sea Swift, all-carbon, $247
220cm Mid Swift, flame fabric inlay blades, $239
225cm Wind Swift, blue fiberglass blades, $224

To purchase, please contact:
Ruby Creek Boathouse LLC
attn: Bill Walker

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Aquabound & Bending Branches -- together at last

Every good outing has a great campfire story. Lacking any smoky ambience, Ethan memorably recreates Bill Murray and the Dalai Lama in the hotel parking lot. Wazzat got to do with paddles? You got me. Then again, you might think deep fried cheese curds are unrelated. Think again. Every fine stick from Bending Branches and Aqua-Bound comes straight to you from America's Dairyland, handcrafted in Osceola, Wisconsin.

A short trip to Wisconsin brought the Aqua-Bound family of paddles front and center for the Ruby Creek gear quiver. A year ago, Bending Branches purchased Aqua-Bound from founder Joe Matuska, and we're honored to be repping both brands now under the consolidated company banner. Two days of planning meetings culminated with seven miles of product testing on the gorgeous, mostly peaceful St Croix River dividing rural Wisconsin on the East and Minnesota on the West. Just an hour from the Twin Cities, this place is a world away from the rat race.

From BB's Whisper, at $60 an amazing light weight and durable paddle for the price, to Aqua-Bound's mainstream Ray series, to Branches' all-carbon Spirit set for transfer to the Aqua-Bound brand for 2010, to the SWEET kayak and canoe models in wood, these combined great names in paddling have it covered. In a factory tour, we met the crew who take such pride in their work that they can get your order off to your dealer in two days, over 90% of the time.

More amazing is the return rate of less than 1%. These guys make solid, safe paddles that are built to last. Ethan and I are proud and grateful to be a part of the family.

Ed and Jerry styled in a canoe, checking the sweet feel of the BB bent shaft paddles, while East Coast rep Tim Knight cruised the river with an all-carbon Spirit paddle, weighing in at 25 oz. in T-700 carbon, the tough, aircraft-grade fabric you'll see in Aqua-Bound shafts beginning next year.

Parting Shot -- The St Croix River gets a little Northwest love from Renton, WA's Cascade Canoe & Kayak.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Demo gear sale links

Here's a summary of links to the Ruby Creek demo gear sale pages:

Eddyline Kayaks

Bending Branches Paddles

Swift Paddles

Stohlquist pfds

Combine items and you'll get a screamin' deal.

There are a few pieces of Stohlquist outerwear remaining, so check with me if you have questions. List to be posted soon.

Bill Walker

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bending Branches Paddle Demo Stock

Back here at Ruby Creek after an amazing couple days in Osceola Wisconsin checking out the new vibe between Aqua-Bound and Bending Branches. Ethan and I are very privileged to have been awarded the Western territory for these two awesome brands. Pictures of the trip, including Ethan's Bill Murray impression in the parking lot, to follow.

Next year there will be some changes in models and in their division between the two brands, as BB/AB positions the brands for the best understanding of what they're all about.

Meanwhile Ruby Creek needs to move out some of the 2009 Bending Branches demo stock so we can take in some of the new models.

Here's what's in the house, with links to details from the BB web site. Please contact me directly at if you'd like to pick up one of these sweet deals. All the paddles are in great shape with just a season of light usage.

The following prices are all 30% off MSRP.

See also the blog pages showing Eddyline Kayaks and Stohlquist pfds.

Kayak Paddles

Sunrise AS, 230, $56.00

Sunrise Glass, 230, $70.00

Sunrise Glass, 220, $70.00

Glide Glass/sm shaft, 220, $87.50

Glide Glass, 220, $87.50

Slice Glass/sm shaft, 220, $87.50

Slice Glass, 230, $87.50

Slice Plus, 215-30, $ 87.50

Glide Carbon Plus, 215-30, $140.00

Glide Carbon 230, $126.00

Breeze /sm shaft, Evening, 220, $178.50

Breeze /sm shaft, Twilite, 220, $178.50

Spirit, Evening, 220, $248.50

Wood Impression, Day, 220, $98.00

Wood Tailwind, Evening, 220, $126.00

Wood Sandpiper, Evening, 220, $126.00

Wood Sunshadow Crankshaft, Day, 220, $139.30

Canoe paddles

Twig Kids' paddle 36, $24.50

Traveler 51, $42.00

Arrow Straight 58, $52.50

Arrow Straight 56, $52.50

Explorer Plus Str 58, $66.50

Espresso Straight 58, $77.00

Sunshadow Straight 54, $77.00

Expedition Plus Str 56, $91.00

BB Special 14 Bent 50, $56.00

Espresso 14 Bent 52, $84.00

Sunshadow 14 Bent 50, $84.00

Sunburst 14 Bent 52, $126.00