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Race to Alaska Organizers Shift Gears

The premise of Race to Alaska (R2AK) is quite simple; get you and your watercraft of choice 750 miles from Port Townsend, WA to...

Dane Jackson Wins Freestyle, Creek Race at GoPro Mountain Games; Nouria Newman Picks Up Third Win on Homestake; Emily Jackson Nabs Record 10th Freestyle...

Hat tricks aren't just for hockey. Just ask kayakers Dane Jackson and Nouria Newman, who each notched their third win in the Coors Light...

Grand Gets CFS Boost from Experimental Release

Okay, we’ve all heard enough about the shut-down in the Grand Canyon. Now let’s hear it for a little opening up…of the flood gates. While not quite at Kenton Grua’s 70,000 cfs level when he set the record speed descent run as documented in Kevin Fedarko’s acclaimed The Emerald Mile, river runners reveled in a nearly 37,000-cfs experimental release in mid-November, bringing monstrosities like Lava, Crystal Hermit and more roaring to life…

USA Canoe/Kayak Accepting Nominations for Havens Leadership Award

The Havens award recognizes practices that best serve the success of USA Canoe/Kayak by improving performance, creating efficiencies and enhancing quality within the sport.

Lake Titicaca Circumnavigation Completed in 38 Days

Belgian sea kayaker Louis-Philippe Loncke recently completed a unique tour of the coastline of South America's largest freshwater lake.

KEEN Launches KEEN Effect Grant

Keen to get outdoors and help the environment? KEEN Footwear makes it easier by unveiling The KEEN Effect a, fan-activated grants program designed to support non-profits fueling people’s passion for protecting the environment and promoting responsible outdoor participation...

Keller Claims 3rd Green Race Crown; Wins for First Time in Five Years

Pat Keller put in his time this go-around to help make sure he’d win his third, coveted stained glass trophy for the 17th annual Green River Narrows Race. Keller bested the field with a time of 4:14, four seconds ahead of runner-up Dane Jackson. PL checks in with Keller to see what got him the glass…

Not-so-fine Fine: River Runners Hiking in to Phantom Ranch Fined for Joining Grand Trip

Book ‘em for the Big Ditch, Dan-o. That was the sentiment of NPS rangers when they charged Brian Kehoe and John Boone with federal trespassing charges for running the Grand Canyon during the closure and government shut-down – Kehoe for hiking in to meet his trip at Phantom Ranch and Boone for allowing him to as trip leader...

River Permits for Dinosaur National Monument Switch to Online Lottery

“This quadruples the number of launches you can ask for,” said Kelly Kager, Dinosaur National Monument’s River Office Manager.

Protect the Flows Hosts Water Conference to Protect Colorado

What was OARS founder and president George Wendt doing on the 38th floor of Denver’s Grand Hyatt the day after the government shutdown ended, and his company was scrambling to resume raft trips on the Grand Canyon and other closed waterways? He was doing his part to ensure something even more important than river access … water.

Padding to Winter: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to the Canadian North

After 10 years of writing, raising two children, earning a Master’s degree, and assembling a team of sled dogs, Julie Buckles has finally completed the chronicle of her 1999 honeymoon-expedition to the sub-Arctic.

Did You Know?

Okay, all you high-tech, modern-day waterfall huckers…did you know that on this day 112 years ago – on Oct. 24, 1901 -- Annie Edson Taylor ran Niagara Falls in a barrel? It was her 63rd birthday…

Behind AT’s New Duraweave Innegra Paddles

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, Confluence and AT Paddles unveiled what the company bills as a “gamechanger” in the whitewater paddle market: Duraweave™, a blend of polypropylene-based Innegra fiber that forms the lightest, strongest paddles on the market. Intrigued, we caught up with brainchild and product manager Hastings Blumer for the skinny. Here’s what we found:

The Enigma Behind Innegra: A Special PL Q&A with AT Product Manager Hastings Blumer On Its New Durweave Paddles

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, Confluence and AT Paddles unveiled what the company bills as a “gamechanger” in the whitewater paddle market: Duraweave™, a blend of polypropylene-based Innegra fiber that forms the lightest, strongest paddles on the market. Intrigued, we caught up with brainchild and product manager Hastings Blumer for the skinny. Here’s what we found:

Outfitter Offers Sea Kayaking Trip on Siberia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

What would you do if you took a trip to Siberia, had the time of your life, and wanted to share it with friends? If you’re Australia’s Michael Schneider, you found a company specializing in that exact thing, targeting the Kamchatka coastline for your next sea kayaking adventure.

Mike Dawson, Nouria Newman Join Jackson Kayak

As if its cadre of kayakers wasn’t strong enough already, Team Jackson Kayak just got even more invincible with the company signing on New Zealand whitewater sensation Mike Dawson and France’s Nouria Newman to their team…

Deadline Nearing for the 2014 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards

The company with the best “made in America” story will receive the “Sassy” trophy -- a hand carved, three-foot-tall redwood Sasquatch from Humboldt County, Calif.

Reconnoitering the Wave Sport Recon

Creek boating is no time for compromise; you’ve got enough to worry about besides your boat. That confidence is instilled in spades in the Wave Sport Recon, a creek boat available in three sizes (70, 83 and 93 gal.) that helps give you military-like paddling precision behind enemy lines...

2013 Slalom Season Ends with National Championships in Western N.C

Showing that it’s a beehive of boating activity, no sooner than freestyle kayakers packed up their paddling gear after the World Kayak Freestyle Championships, Bryson City, N.C.'s Nantahala Outdoor Center hosted the National Slalom Championships on the Nantahala River, marking the last major competition of the 2013 slalom season. And just like at the freestyle champs, friendly rivalries were out in full force, with one of the best tit-for-tat showings coming between two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld and 2008 Olympian Benn Fraker in men's C-1 and C-2…

Morley Trumps Sutton at 6th Annual Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship

Epic battle leads to win for slalom specialist Joe Morley of Great Britain, who outpaddled the seemingly unbeatable three-time champion, Sam Sutton of New Zealand.

Raising Paddles and Funds in Support of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

1 war canoe + 3 days + 8 paddlers + 90 miles...adds up to funds for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Grand Pain in the Derriere

Paddlers putting in on the Grand Canyon on Tues., Oct. 1, might well have its hallowed canyon walls all to themselves for the duration of their trip. Thanks to the government shut-down, other permit holders, meanwhile, are facing a trip leader’s nightmare by not being allowed to start their trips...

Recapping the 2013 Slalom National Championships

Competitors duke it out in the last major competition of the 2013 slalom season.

2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships come to the U.S.

The Adventure Sports Center International, a mountaintop whitewater course in Maryland, will be the first U.S. host of the ICF World Championships in 25 years.

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