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      1976 – The San Juan touring paddle

      1976 – The San Juan touring paddle

      The first San Juan touring paddle

       While on expedition with his new WT-500 touring kayak, Werner Sr. noticed something wrong with the paddle he was using.  Most of the paddles he had made to this date were for whitewater paddling.  Using mostly forward strokes when touring, he had an idea to make a smoother, more efficient paddle.

      In the summer of 1976 I helped my dad make the first San Juan blade using a vacuum technique.  The blade did not look that great but the design, with its strong dihedral power face and asymmetric shape, proved superior to all prior paddles used.

      Hand shaping a laminated wood shaft and using a metal ferrule, Werner Jr. would later help refine the construction technique of the blades to make a beautiful touring paddle.

      Within a few years the San Juan, named after the famous San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, proved itself to be a revolutionary advancement for touring kayaking. 

      Every paddler who tried the San Juan wanted one of their own.  Within a few years Werner Jr found himself building paddles here and there until being thrust in full time paddle making in the early ‘80’s.

      The San Juan proved to be the seed that grew into the Werner Paddle Company today cementing Werner Furrer Sr’s legacy in the kayaking community.

       Happy New Year and Happy Paddling,

      Bruce Furrer

      Werner stewardship athlete Brent Allen taking ownership by cleaning up the places that we love to play in

      Werner stewardship athlete Brent Allen taking ownership by cleaning up the places that we love to play in

      The Riversport Park and Oklahoma River have hosted many international kayak races, trade shows, and it has been designated as an Olympic and Paralympic Training Site. Brent and his team of volunteers aim to improve the health of this area for future paddlers to enjoy. Thanks for all that you and the Riversport River Protectors due to keep our waterways healthy Brent.

      To learn more visit:

      https://kfor.com/news/great-state/an-ever-growing-group-of-riversport-river-protectors-work-to-clean-up-the-oklahoma-river-for-all/

      https://www.riversportokc.org/

       

      The Ovation Wins Best in Class

      The Ovation Wins Best in Class

      We are excited to receive the Best In Class Award from Paddle TV for the Werner Ovation.  The Ovation was founder Werner Sr. last project and paddle design for Werner.  It is one of the lightest best paddling paddles on the market.  For more information please visit

      https://wernerpaddles.com/collections/touring-low-angle/products/ovation-2-piece-bent-shaft

      To see the paddle in action follow Paddle TV's Ken Whiting here as he explains some of the benefits of the Ovation.  

      https://youtu.be/1j1DuKmZk1o

      D E C I S I O N

      D E C I S I O N

      "D E C I S I O N" is the story of wild Alaska shorelines, a remote lighthouse and the ongoing problem of marine debris. The scenery is magnificent and the kayaking is superb, while the message about our addiction to plastic and its effects on the environment come through in every shot.

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      Werner Furrer Sr

      Werner Furrer Sr

      Werner Furrer Sr, 93, peacefully passed away on June 28th. Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1927, he came to the United States via Canada when he and his future wife Martha eloped. He and Martha travelled around the United States, having children along the way, and finally settled in the Pacific Northwest first in Hoquiam and then in Everett.

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