Note from Jim

My orders have gotten to the point where I'm not comfortable with the lead time of over a year to complete orders.  So I'm taking a sabbatical from taking new orders from anyone until 2022.   I'll make an announcement when I can take new orders- when the time comes.  I really appreciate your patronage but I'd rather have the wait time for a paddle down to under 2 months.  


So as of now- I'm not taking new orders until further notice- even from old friends.   Sorry for any inconvenience this creates.  I still have about 10 year's worth of wood- so don't worry about me going out of business!   Also- I'll continue to make squirt boat sprayskirts and repair mine and Keith Backlund's paddles.  So I'm still FUNctioning- just not taking new orders.   Stay Playful!

Designed With Passion

Nothing slips through the water more smoothly, or has the durability of a wood paddle.  They fill your hands with a solid warmth and a silky feel.  When taken care of properly they can last for decades.  And, they are so gorgeous your friends are sure to be jealous!
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Made With Love

What’s this “TRIK STYLE” blade shape all about and why do I feel it is the  best configuration I make? Trik style means the blade is centered on the shaft- like a canoe paddle. It means the paddle will do equally  powerful forward and backward strokes.

You Are the Boss!

they are custom!  They are all about you and your mission. The  look, the feel, the size, the feather ~ a RivrStyk could be your dream  paddle made special for you.  If you want to see what it takes to order one…

Each one is individually designed and handcrafted of select hardwoods by Jim Snyder to suit your paddling style and needs (you may have even heard them referred to as ‘Jimistyx’).  Jim has been making paddles for more than 40 years.

Uniquely Yours!

Since Jim custom builds your paddle, he can help you dial in the best combination of woods and shapes to keep you paddling strong all day long.

Bottom Line

Whatever your craft or paddling style you can have a RivrStyx built that is perfect for your mission.

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A bit About Jim

Jim is a world famous kayak designer and paddle maker.  He’s been doing both for decades and is credited with helping the sport evolve into the cubic state it is in today.  He was one of the pioneers of squirtboating and was the first person to cartwheel a kayak on flatwater in 1981.  Jim began his whitewater career as a raft guide and lives like a squire in northern West Virginia.   He was inducted into the International Whitewater Hall of Fame years ago but claims he only needs rocks and water to keep himself happy.

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Prices and Shipping
  • Any kayak paddle: $660 = $325 Deposit
  • Any single bladed paddle $360 = $175 Deposit

About a week before your paddle is done I will contact you and you can send the balance due and shipping charges.


  • West of the Mississippi: Kayak paddle $40/Canoe/raft paddle $35
  • East of the Mississippi: Kayak paddle $35/Canoe/raft paddle $30