Owned and operated by Jack Banning, Whiskey Surf Paddles is located in the beautiful mountain town of Whitefish, Montana. We are very fortunate to be living and working in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and the gateway to Glacier National Park. Its an amazing way of life and I am enormously proud to offer our fine selection of handcrafted, wooden kayak and canoe paddles.

I’ve been an avid woodworker and avid paddler for many years and several years ago decided to combine my two passions (kinda like chocolate and peanut butter.) I began making these paddles exclusively for friends and family as gifts to commemorate special paddling trips. I worked for many years as a graphic artist and this artistry is reflected in the beauty and elegance of our paddles.

Through word of mouth, demand for our canoe paddles began to grow and eventually Whiskey Surf Paddles was born.


On a personal note, our family spend our summers at our cabin on Hungry Jack Lake. Hungry Jack is located about halfway up the Gunflint Trail on the edge of the Boundary Waters.

Our beloved cabin makes for a great base camp for the many canoe trips we take each year. From our dock we are able to paddle directly into the BWCA from several different entry points. We also get up to the cabin quite a bit in the winter to x-country ski and snowshoe (our other passions.)

My wife SusanĀ is also an artisan. She is a master printmaker specializing in linoleum and wood-cut prints If you are in Duluth, her work can be found at Blue Lake Gallery on Canal Park in downtown Duluth.

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