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First TIme’s a Charm: Dane Jackson Wins Oetz Extreme Race (Formerly Sickline)

Surprise? Not! We all knew it was coming. Jackson Kayak and Red Bull kayaker Dane Jackson showed he is still very much the world’s best,...

Canuck Dianne Whelan Finishes 6-year Journey on Trans Canada Trail

Talk about a doozy of a paddling and hiking trip. In July, Canada’s Dianne Whelan became the first person to complete both water and land routes of...

ICF Extreme Slalom World Champs Wrap-up on New Cunovo Course in Bratislava, Slovakia

Giving the newly re-designed Cunovo Water Sports Center in Bratislava, Slovakia, its first world-class test, some of the world’s best slalom and extreme kayakers...

The Quest for 4.0: Dane Jackson on Breaking the 4-minute Mark on the Green

Forget Chasing Mavericks. Like runners’ quest for the 4-minute mile, Red Bull athlete and Jackson Kayak’s Dane Jackson is training his tail off for...

Back For More: Check out NRS Flowstate!

Getting the flow state. That's the mantra being preached by NRS, which is halfway through the second season of its popular Flowstate video series, put...

Hydrus SUP Co-founder Nicholas Zawadzki Dies Paddleboarding Payette

Nicholas Zawadzki, 36, co-owner and co-founder of whitewater paddleboard company Hydrus Board Tech, died on Monday, Aug. 9, following "a complete freak and unexpected accident"...

“The River Runner” Now on Netflix: PL Checks in with Director Rush Sturges

Any kayaker who’s worth his or her weight in noseplugs knows of Rush Sturges, an accomplished filmmaker and expedition kayaker who grew up on...

Paris Olympics Here We Come: Switzerland Sweeps Extreme Canoe Slalom

Forget slalom and sprint at this year’s Olympics…after the final day of this year’s 2021 ICF junior and U23 canoe slalom world championships in...

Tokyo Sneak Peak: The Top 5 Women Slalom Kayakers to Keep an Eye On

From oldest to youngest, the inside skinny on the top female slalom paddlers at this year’s Olympics. Spain’s Maialen Chourraut is the only Olympic male and female...

Cool Running: Jamaica’s Solomon Maragh Makes Slalom History

Call it Cool Paddling. In the 1993 movie "Cool Running," a group of Jamaicans created history by qualifying for the bobsled competition at the...

A Klamath Undertaking: Trio SUPs Source to Sea on Cali’s Klamath

Feel good about your little 10-mile SUP day trip? That’s paddling peanuts. A threesome of adventurers has you beat, supping source-to-sea down 234 miles...

Holy Beatdown! Level6 King of Alps Comp Goes Awwwfff!

25 Nations – 250 Paddlers – 100% Fun. That sums up Italy’s King of the Alps kayak contest, which organizers held with COVID protocols...

Tokyo Here We Come: Meet the 3 Whitewater Paddlers Representing the USA at the Olympics

All eyes were on US racers at the 2021 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, on June 11–13, as berths at...

Foiled Again: Chris Bertish Plans to Solo Wing Foil 2,750 Miles Across the Pacific

Watesports athlete Chris Bertish is at it again. In a venture dubbed the TransPac Wing Project, he plans to solo wing foil 2,750 nautical...

Middle Fork, Main and…Selway? A 310-mile Packraft/Ski Combo in Idaho

Proud of your measly little portage? A group of hard chargers in Idaho skied across the Sawtooths to Marsh Creek, then used their Alpacka...

PL Q&A: Catching Up With “From the River” Author Joe Booth

Longtime kayaker and author Joe Booth recently released his new book “From the River: A Guidebook to Sobriety from a Lifetime of Lessons Paddling”...

PL Founder Buchanan Featured on HammerFactor Podcast

Any boater worth the salt on his crusted-over polypro innerlayers has tuned into the HammerFactor, a paddling-centric podcast run by industry veterans John Grace,...

Catching Up (And Life lessons) With Big Water Dave

Recently, Paddling Life staffers had the chance to kayak Colorado's Cross Mountain of the Yampa with none other than Big Water Dave, a 65-year-old...

Emily Jackson Comes Clean on Kayak Fishing

You might know Emily Jackson as a perennial powerhouse when it comes to freestyle paddling. An executive at Jackson Kayak, she’s a two-time World...

Muggridge, Marr, Macewan Bag CN’s Flier Creek in New Redbull Film

Curtailed by a lack of international travel last year, Redbull kayaker Ed Muggridge came up with the idea to tackle something closer to home,...

Breaking Down the C-1 Crossbow Draw (with Video!)

So you’re already a cartilage-missing miscreant who enjoys paddling a single blade more than a double. We won't hold that against you. Half the...

Yacht Surfing with Dane Jackson

With plenty of idle time on his hands to dream up ideas during the pandemic, Jackson Kayaks' Dane Jackson came up with a doozie:...

A Paddler’s Ode to His Dear Friend Alan Panebaker

This water sport I love has given me so much, but it also has tested me in ways I could never have fathomed. Kayaking...

21 Year Old Breaks World Record for Youngest Female to Row Solo Across Ocean

Jasmine Harrison, 21, from Thirsk in North Yorkshire, has broken the world record by becoming the youngest female to row solo across any ocean...

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First TIme’s a Charm: Dane Jackson Wins Oetz Extreme Race (Formerly Sickline)

Surprise? Not! We all knew it was coming. Jackson Kayak and Red Bull kayaker Dane Jackson showed he is still...

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