Athlete Stories

Jim Good on the First Descent of Ernie’s Gorge on WA’s NF Snoqualmie

(By Jim Good/photos by Mike Hagadorn): From out of the darkness the first twinkling lights appeared. We were overcome with relief, then jubilation. It...

Day 100 and Counting: Update from Tez Steinberg’s 5,000-mile Row from Hawaii to Australia

Want to know what it’s like to row 5,000 miles from Hawaii to Australia? We managed to catch up with Tez Steinberg, 36, who,...

Exostosis/Surfer’s Ear and Kayakers

What do high-level kayakers Rush Sturges, Tyler Bradt and Peter Csonka have in common (besides the ability to nail a line)? They're just three...

Sea Kayaking, Whitewater, Climbing, Suffering and Love: Check out New Erik Boomer Baffin Vid!

We know Valentine's Day has passed, but that doesn't mean you have to write off romantic sufferfests for the year. Or maybe, not so...

A Test of Pelican’s 1120 Protector Case, A Lost Boat and a Swim to Remember

Photo by Mike Hagadorn I was about to be a new father and had been working as a rep for Werner paddles for only three...

Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Mom: Mother Solo Rows 3,000 Miles Across Atlantic

Let's just say that's a heckuva lot of strokes, blisters and not having to think about packing kids' lunches for school. According to Scotland's Evening...

Listen to Armchair Explorer’s Podcast with “Amazon Woman” Darcy Gaechter

The Amazon River is known for being the largest river in the world by volume and the second-longest river on Earth. Due to the frigid source...

Swimming Whitewater on Purpose: Five Minutes with….the Frogman!

While Paddling Life constantly scours the internet for people paddling interesting and bold watercraft, we stumbled upon one person using no craft al all—just...

Holy Icy Eye-Candy: Aniol Serrasolses Drops 20-Meter Glacier Waterfall

Svalbard, Norway - In a historic feat, Catalan adventurer and elite kayaker Aniol Serrasolses has conquered the world's highest glacier waterfall drop in the...

Paddling Rigs: Hard Core Paddles Owner’s Chevy Express Van Conversion into an Adventure Rig

The Adventure Rig Mike Nash is known throughout the greater Seattle area and Northwest as a fabricator, paddle machinery designer, creator, kayaker, honey badger, and...

Nepal Earthquake a Scary Experience for Kayakers on Thuli Bheri

According to Rush Sturges, who was on a kayaking trip in Nepal with Benny Marr and several other paddlers when the recent earthquake struck,...

Hip Problems for Kayakers (FAI), and Surgical Repair

We all know kayaking uses your hips. "Hip snap!" we all hear when learning to roll. And we use our hips when bracing, boofing,...

The Jackson 5: Sage Donnelly Wins for Women, Dane Jackson for Men at ICF Freestyle World Championships

No, it's not the disco band. This Jackson Five goes to kayaker Dane Jackson. The world’s greatest male freestyle paddler and a former junior...

Kayaking the Ill-advised RedBull “Rampage” Line

Okay, some things are just stupid. Such could well be the case with kayaker Bradon Sweeney, who recently took the lumbar-compressing liberty of kayaking Utah's...

Paddling, Not Prisoners, Top of Mind for Iran Slalom Kayaker

While the world is wrapped up in the news of the five U.S. citizens being freed from prison in Iran, an unsung paddler from...

Jimmy Chin’s Edge of the Unknown: Gerd Serrasolses on Being Knocked Unconscious by 50-footer

Edge of the Unknown: Gerd Serrasolses In case you haven’t seen it, the new documentary series EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN, which premiered...

Quinfecta: Jackson, Marr, Voorhees Bro’s Notch 5 Laps on the Stikine

Cross Canada’s Stikine off the big water bucket list for Dane Jackson. Paddling Jackson’s new Gnarvana creekboat, His Daneness, as well as Benny Marr...

A Glint at Sprint: Olympians Add to Their Medal Tally

Apparently, Olympic gold medals weren’t enough. Olympic champions Lisa Carrington, Balint Kopasz and Shixiao Xu and Mengya Sun showed the same winning form that took them to gold in Tokyo last...

Athlete Story: Should I Run It?

By Melissa DeMarie There we were, standing on the boulder next to “the big one,” that rapid which had everyone ’s bellies full of butterflies....

“GourdSpeed”: Nebraska Man Sets World Record Paddling Pumpkin on Missouri River

Cinderella would be proud. Talk about a way to celebrate your 60th birthday. A Nebraska man has set a new world record by paddling an 846-pound...

Sending It, Sierra-style: 28th Annual Cherry Creek Race Celebrates Beloved Capt’n Kirk

While Class V kayak races like the Green and North Fork Championships seem to garner the lion’s share of the press, countless others throughout...

Pyranha Ripper 2 Review Time (with Uber Sweet Vids!)

Want an inside peak at Pyranha’s Ripper 2 kayak? For that, we went straight to the source: North American Operations head Mike Patterson, to...

HBO Max’s Edge of the Earth Series Debuts “Raging Torrent” (Plus: Stookes Chimes In)

It’s here! If you’ve been waiting on the edge of your kayak seat for HBO Max’s Edge of the Earth Series, whose Episode #2...

Madawaska Kanu Centre Celebrates 50 Years

If you're a paddler you've most likely heard of Madawaska Kanu Centre, the Ivy League of whitewater kayaking, and this year they're celebrating their...

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The 2024 rafting season has commenced, and with it outfitter OARS has released its annual Western Rafting Outlook, highlighting...
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Jim Good on the First Descent of Ernie’s Gorge on WA’s NF Snoqualmie

(By Jim Good/photos by Mike Hagadorn): From out of the darkness the first twinkling lights appeared. We were overcome...

Big Agnes Anvil Horn 0-Degree Bag, Divide Sleeping Pad System Reviewed

A review of the Big Agnes Anvil Horn 0-Degree sleeping bag and Divide Sleeping Pad System from a 10-day,...

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