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Woolsey Joins PIA Board

Industry veteran to help oversee marketing, events

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Backpackers know their "Ten Essentials” list by heart...but what about paddlers’ essentials (like duct tape)? To find out, PL's Mike McCrea solicited responses from message boards to compile our Paddling Gear Survey. Bottom line? Get a bigger boat...

Special Book Excerpt: Brothers on the Bashkaus

Look for the much-awaited release this spring of former Paddler editor-in-chief Eugene Buchanan's Brothers on the Bashkaus by Fulcrum Publishing. His account of winning W.L. Gore & Associates first-ever river-oriented Shipton/Tilman grant to run Siberia's notorious Bashkaus River on rafts made from Cold War leftovers is for the explorer in everyone. Click here for special excerpt (visit www.fulcrumbooks.com for retail info or to buy online)

Life Changer: Katie Hilleke on Kayaking and Cancer

The staff at Padding Life is proud to bring you the following account of Katie Hilleke’s life-changing adjustment to living with cancer. Though sometimes it doesn't seem like it, there’s a lot more important things than kayaking...

Shredding the Schwag

Joe Carberry recently visited Portland, Oregon on a gear testing trip and the water was gushing. Bloated waterfalls and steep waves were par for the course, as were cold hands and ice-cold beer. Following is a run down of the gear he abused: Helemts--The Sweet Rocker S1; paddles: The AT 2; Palm Torrent Drysuit; PFD: Salus; Boat: Liquidlogic Ronin

On the Road with Corey Volt (Kayaking’s Favorite Red-headed Stepchild)

Tales from the Road from your Favorite Red-headed Stepchild How is every one doing? I’m doing quite well……right now I’m sitting in a McDonalds in...

Holy Alphabet Soup…PPA Now PIA

We have TAPS, OIA, USCA, ACA, AO, USACK and now PPA is adding to the alphabet soup of paddlesports acronyms by changing to PIA. Still, it's a step in the right direction toward one indsutry for all... (If anyone can spell a paddling-related work out of all the above, send it in and we'll send you a free dry bag)

Big Oscar, Tao Gets Huck Doll, Bobbing for Spam and more

Paddling Life's roundup of recent news in the paddling world. Paddling Immortality Plus Big Oscar, Toy Tao, Bobbing for Spam, A Fire in the Boundary Waters, and More! Achieving paddling immortality takes more than mad skills and big brass balls. You’ve also got to preserve the silver-and-cellulose record, says Kent Ford, whose “Digitize Paddlesports Project” (www.performancevideo.com) converts filmed exploits to digital video. “Film of the early paddling days is decaying in closets across the country,” he says. “We’re documenting the evolution of paddlesports and can use all the footage we can get.”

Why You Should Be A Raft Guide

There are countless reasons to become a raft guide. Here are two...

World Rafting Champs Head to Korea

U.S. teams hopes to better third-place finish from 2005 on Korea’s Naerinchon River

Paddling Life IndustryNews!

Paddling Life Industry News Hyside Celebrates 25th Anniversary Hip, hip hooray for Hyside. Under the directorship of long-time owner Dick Dechant, Hyside Inflatables is celebrating its...

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Who's going where in paddlesports

Dr Aqua – Of boating, regulations and tools!

Well hello, hello. Or should I say Ola. Sorry for the lack of a good column recently. Dr. Aqua has been on hiatus near the Equator, riding the Oil & Water bus and enjoying the surf and whitewater of sunny Central America with Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt. During their drive from Alaska to Argentina, Bradt and Warren have had enough time on their hands to name their camera’s (Billy and Bob), flashlight(Stacey) and even their ride. They’ve dubbed the vegetable oil-powered truck “The Baby.” I was thinking more “babe magnet.” Those two attracted more interest than a celebrity in a supermarket.

The Straight Dope: PL blows the cover on kayak dopers

San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds got his from BALCO. Tour de France cyclist Floyd Landis allegedly took a dose of synthetic testosterone, and world-record sprinter Justin Gatlin blames his positive drug test on a steroid-laced rubdown. It makes us wonder: What are paddlers doping with these days?

Get Yer River Permits!

Straight from Paddling Life, all the info you need to land a river permit this year (just make sure to invite us along...)

Every winter comes permit season, and if you don’t play the game--or aren't a cook, good looking or own a raft--you won’t get on a multi-day raft trip. Thanks to PL, here's all the info you need

What Is Paddling Life?

What is Paddling Life? It’s not what you run, or the boat you use, but the feeling you get when you’re on the water. It’s raft camping with your kids, shouldering a canoe, dropping your sea kayak skeg, running your first waterfall and feeling your

Dr. Aqua, a marginally factual column Episode 2

Happy belated Thanksgiving from The Life! It’s been a long fall out west. I’m getting sort of desperate for water. I’ve resigned to splatting the abutments of the local railroad bridge, the only thing creating current within a 50-mile radius. I like to think of it as street boating, sort of like street skating. And yes, I let my pants hang below my ass on occasion.

Drevo on boating the Northwest flood

How big was the Election Day Flood in Oregon and Washington? None other than Sam Drevo, Josh Bechtal and Tao Berman hiked out of the Hood River. Drevo Reports.

Dr. Aqua, a marginally factual column

Greetings fellow paddlers. Welcome to The Life. This is the first in a series of updates by a paddler for paddlers. I’ll try to be as accurate and fair as possible but I don’t pretend to be a journalist so things may sway towards fiction. Aren’t all paddlers slightly delusional anyway? Like George Bush, I got into this thing without an exit strategy.

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Sneak Peak: Bent Shaft, 4-Piece Breakdown from Aqua-Bound; Bonus: Beyond the Paddle Vid!

Aqua-Bound (and sister company Bending Branches) consists of a tight knit group of more than three-dozen dedicated paddlers that walk through...

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