Lyons Outdoor Games Go Large

The tiny town of Lyons hosted the not-so-tiny-anymore Lyons Outdoor Games on the South St. Vrain River June 9-10, drawing competitors from around the country to an event fast making a name for itself in the world of river festivals...

New Nealy Book Out from Menasha

As eccentric and filled with thrashings as ever, a new Wiliam Nealy title is out to whittle away the hours on your next shuttle

Surf Ski Mayhem in South Africa

Leave it to the South Africans to turn a surf ski race into a carnage-fest. Such was the case in the recent Discovery Winklespruit in Durban, South Africa, when only 31 of 150 paddlers got out through the boat-and ego-breaking, bigger-than-Oscar-Chalupsky surf...

The Paddling Life Pro Invitational

Combining impressive creek runs with big air freestyle performances, Stephen Wright and Australia's Tanya Faux took first place at this year's Paddling Life Pro Invitational in Steamboat Springs, Colo, pocketing the lion's share of the event's $2500 purse...

Teva Mountain Games Wrap-Up

Anybody for a Jackson sandwich? Eric Jackson continued his winning ways Saturday, taking first in the pro men’s freestyle event. He was closely paced by his 14-year-old son Dane who finished third just behind Stephen Wright. To top it off, Emily Jackson won the women’s freestyle event for the third year in a row.

20 Things to Remember When Floating the San Juan with Kids

20 Things to Remember When Floating the San Juan with Kids. Bonus: A Fun 1.5 Mother’s Day Personal First Descent, Chinese foot torture and all!

New Logjam on Middle Fork

Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the river…. After a logjam at Pistol Creek last year caused gridlock for rafters on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on rafters again at the exact same spot...

Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic–World’s Largest Tourny–Wraps Up

Subtropical storm Andrea might have churned up the waters beforehand, but that didn’t stop more than 280 kayak fisherman from taking to the inshore waters of North Florida in the world's largest kayak fishing tournament, the 4th annual Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic, May 12-13, to copmpete for more than $60,000 in prizes.

Kincaid Reclaims Reno Crown

We’re not gamblin’ men, like those who frequent casinos, but if we were you can bet we’d put our money on Jay Kincaid in any event in his hometown of Reno, Nevada. The hometown hero won the inaugural Reno River Festival in 2004, lost to EJ (his current boss) in 2005 and 2006. But this time, after a disappointing finish at the Worlds, he was poised for a Royal Flush...

Fires Plague Paddlesports Operations

Dry times in the West and Midwest have produced two wildfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Southern California that are wreaking havoc on everyone from raft manufacturers to canoe outfitters. Hyside Inflatables was forced to evacuate its offices, and outfitters along the Gunflint Trail are still battling the blaze. CLick here for inside look from Paddling Life.

Confessions of a Whitewater Park Designer

Salida, Colo.’s Mike Harvey is a whitewater park designer/builder for Gary Lacy’s Recreation-Engineering Inc. of Boulder, Colo. Following is an inside, Harveyesque look at his take on the occupation…

Lyons Outdoor Games Set to Go Off June 9

What’s not to like about a paddling-oriented outdoor festival on a revamped whitewater play park on a banner water year a stone’s throw from a rockin’ brewery?

Live from the World Championships

Oops, he did it again. Eric Jackson defies logic and wins his fourth world title at age 43. Commentary from Paddlng Life's Joe Carberry.

Countdown to the Finals

The women went big, the kids went big and the field was cut to the best of the best as the World Championships move closer to a close.

Goin’ Big

Competitors were all smiles after the men's K1 and OC1 Prelims at the World Championships

U.S. National Whitewater Center Earns Olympic Training Site Status

Charlotte, N.C.'s U.S. National Whitewater Center was named an official Olympic Training Site by the U.S. Olympic Committee, with USA Canoe and Kayak also designated the site as the Official Home of its senior national team.

Miracle on the Ottawa

Despite a lackluster snow year, Buseater goes off, leaving competitors giddy about upcoming World Championships.

Thule Acquires Case Logic

Thule acquires Case Logic Inc. a global leading supplier of storage and organization solutions Malmö, April 30, 2007 - Thule AB, the world leader in...

Upper Colo. River Eligible for Wild & Scenic Status

BLM has recently identified the Upper Colorado River as eligible for Wild and Scenic River status, which must be designated by Congress. This eligible...

Paddling Life’s World Championship Predictions

The Freestyle Kayaking World Championships get started next week (April 29–May 5) and it’s back to the future with the competition being held on the Ottawa River’s Buseater. It’s the first time World’s has taken place on a worthy feature (wave) since New Zealand hosted the competition on the Full James Wave in 1999. Tune in as Paddling Life provides live coverage from the Ottawa. In the name of side bets and bookies, the Paddling Life staff including Eugene Buchanan, Nick Hinds and Joe Carberry are providing their fearless predictions.

Passing of a Paddling Visionary

Noah Kayaks founder Vladimir Vanha, who passed away at home in the Czech Republic this past December, was as visionary a designer as the paddlesports world has ever seen. From the Jetti to Stratoquatic, his kayaks were eons ahead of their time and changed the face of the sport forever. Click here for a special PL tribute...

Baja Boat Test O’rama!

When Paddling Life joined Johnson Watersports on a trip to Baja in March, it meant field-testing sea kayaks and fresh fish tacos. A look at 4 marquee sea kayaks, plus a review of the coveted Spyder, Spike Gladwin's customized surf machine...

Grand Slam: How to Get a Grand Permit!

So you want to run the Grand? So does everyone else (note to trip leaders: invite us--we've got beer!). To help private paddlers run it, and get chundered in Crystal, River Runners for Wilderness has published a Lottery Information Primer online for the 2008 river season...

Dr. Aqua – Drug Busts, Paddlers Behaving Badly and a New Whitewater Bible

It’s officially on. Paddling season. Our lifeblood. And with it, some outrageous – but true - stories for Dr. Aqua to attach annoying punch lines to. It’s been one hell of a spring already.

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