More than 27 years ago, Ralph Stevens created the first Carlisle® paddles with local guide and livery companies in mind. He built his paddles to deliver the core strength and durability that expert guides need, and succeeded so well that Carlisle® has become one of the most widely known brands in paddle sports. Today, Carlisle® offers outstanding touring and recreational kayak paddles, and oars, in a variety of materials and designs. Each one suits the specific needs and conditions individual paddlers face. Every one is built to take a beating and keep going. Whether you're a beginner or a hardcore river rat, we make the paddle that's just right for you.