Welcome to NorthPoint Paddles!

Welcome to NorthPoint Paddles!
- Putting the Beauty of Wood in the Hands of Kayakers & Canoeists -

NorthPoint Paddles is a family-run business in the Pacific Northwest with a passion for kayakers & canoeists everywhere to experience the special benefits of paddling with a Greenland-style paddle. The blade design allows for less stress on your shoulders & elbows without sacrificing speed. Everyone, beginners & experts alike, appreciates being able to paddle longer with less fatigue. We believe whether you are paddling out on a lake, going down an easy flowing river or creek, heading out on a sea kayaking adventure or trying out your kayak roll, you will appreciate paddling with a Greenland paddle. Check out Our Paddles!

About Us

NorthPoint Paddles was founded on a love for the outdoors and a love for wood.

For over 30 years, Randy Isselin has partnered with his father-in-law in building homes —homes built with an eye for detail and built to last. When he is not swinging a hammer, Randy can be found at times tinkering around in his workshop—crafting special wood projects for friends and family, using his attention to detail to bring out the beauty of the wood.

Randy has always loved the outdoors—hiking, camping, skiing, fishing, canoeing—and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and on a lake certainly provides many opportunities to enjoy these interests.

One day his love for working with wood and his love for the outdoors came together when he was encouraged by a friend to build his own wood-strip kayak. Working only from a blueprint and making the wood strips himself—and once again, using his eye for detail to bring out the beauty of the wood—his first wood-strip kayak turned out to be a work of art. It was then that he took up kayaking (yes, it’s the story of putting the cart before the horse!) - and he loved it! Next, it was on to building his second wood-strip kayak, which he used in Bellingham’s 2010 Ski to Sea Race.

Intrigued by Greenland paddles, Randy decided to make one for himself and give it a try. He soon learned the advantages of using a Greenland paddle—less shoulder and elbow strain, less fatigue, can paddle for longer periods of time and with easier maneuverability. 

Being sold on the idea of using a Greenland paddle, he then shifted his detail for woodworking to making the Greenland paddles you see today. They have captured the interest of the kayak community, with some kayak experts stating, “you have nailed the design of the blade; making the paddle not only beautiful, but very functional. Keep up the good work.”  (quote from Warren Williamson, extreme kayaker in NW Washington)

- Putting the Beauty of Wood in the Hands of Kayakers -