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Great Alabama 650, the World’s Longest Annual Paddle Race, Kicks off Oct 1-11

The world’s longest annual paddle race is set to test the mettle—and blister threshold—of core-to-the-bone paddlers Oct. 1-11 in the Great Alabama 650, a...

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...

2022 World Paddlesports Festival Set for Aug 26-29 in OKC 

Call it a Festivus for the Restivus. With the ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup and Stand Up Paddling World Cup relocated from Russia to Oklahoma City's Riversport...

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...

Wind, High Water and One Whacko Race: 10 Records Set at 2022 Yukon River Quest

Crushing wind, unrelenting rain, high water levels, and dangerous debris are just some of the adverse conditions that made the 2022 Yukon River Quest...

Tracing an Ancient Mayan Canoe Route Through Belize on the 25th Annual La Ruta Maya

The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is renowned canoe marathon typically considered the biggest sporting event in the country of Belize, running now for the last quarter century with a two-year hiatus for COVID.

Ukraine Secures Multiple Golds at ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup

While their country is at war and cleaning up debris, Ukraine paddlers cleaned up at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Racice. Ukraine’s Oleh Kukharyk and Ihor...

Pimp My Canoe: New Canoe Gear Accessories From Level Six

Level Six releases new takes on classic gear items designed to make your next canoe expedition noticeably easier and more comfortable, no matter what you're carrying or how far it has to go.

Passing the Torch: Bending Branches/AquaBound Sold; Ed Vater Retires  

Bending Branches/Aqua Bound owner Ed Vater has sold the company to an in-house team and is retiring, the company reports. Based in Osceola, Wisconsin,...

The Dusi: A Doozey of a Race

Chaos, carnage and camaraderie ruled at this year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon 2022 in South Africa, with champions crowned but others struggling to cross the...

ICF Announces 2022 Canoe Super Cup and World Cup to Move from Russia to OKC

The move comes in response to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) directive to move international competition out of Russia in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Canoecopia Back on Track Mar. 9-11

It's baaaacckkkk! After cancelling the show at the last minute when the pandemic first hit in 2020, and changing last year’s in-person show into...

 Loony Laws Concerning Canoes

Prohibited from sitting in a canoe while reading comic books? Banned from using a feather duster to tickle a girl in a canoe? These laws and...

Watersports Up: Johnson Outdoors Reports Record Sales, Earnings for 2021

Racine, Wisc.’s Johnson Outdoors Inc., owner of Old Town Canoe, announced higher revenue and earnings for the fiscal year ending October 1, 2021. Continued...

NRS Launches Latest Canoe Inspired Documentary “Wood on Water”

The latest film from NRS rolled out online with the premiere of Wood on Water, “a story about a traditional, slow, strenuous, and all-female...

Oly Champs Descend On World Champs

Call it medal mania. All four Tokyo champions will look to create history this weekend when they attempt to become the first athletes to...

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...

Germany’s Funk Wins Women’s Slalom Kayak Gold, Australia’s Fox Nabs Inaugural Women’s C-1 Honors

Germany’s Ricarda Funk buried the heartbreak of missing selection for the Rio Olympics with an error-free run to win gold in the women’s kayak...

Sprint Paddlers Aren’t Done After Tokyo; Next Up: Oklahoma’s ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup

After racing in the Olympics in Tokyo, the world's best sprint paddlers won’t be done. The paddling continues at the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint...

Cuba Calling: Caribbean Country Garners 5 Golds at ICF World Cup Sprint Event

Forget the cigars...Cuba is making itself known for sprint paddling. Boding well for competing in the Tokyo Olympics, the country emerged as serious medal contender...

Catching Up With Author Natalie Warren on Her Book, “Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic

Unrelenting winds, carnivorous polar bears, snake nests, sweltering heat, and constant hunger— those are a few of the hurdles overcome by Natalie Warren and...

A Tribute to Slalom Coach Nate Lord (RIP 4/12/21)

(By Tracy Hines) When one thinks of the ideal vision of a superhero, a caped crusader fighting for justice and rescuing damsels in distress comes...

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...

70th Dusi Canoe Marathon Kicks Off (80-year-old Races for 10th Time!)

The COVID-19 pandemic isn't stopping South Africa's coveted Dusi Canoe Marathon from its 70th edition, as of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon sets off from...

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Plastic Tides: Using Sea Kayaks to Help Rid the Ocean of Waste

(By Ken Campbell) My name is Ken Campbell and in addition to being a long-time kayak guide and instructor, I...
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Tristan Bussell and NRS Launch “Before I Die”

Learning he had the gene for Early Onset Alzheimer’s motivated Tristan Bussell to turn his dream of kayaking off a waterfall into reality.

NRS Founder Bill Parks: “What I’ve Learned: Let the People Lead”

In His Own Words: NRS Founder Bill Parks — "What I’ve Learned: Let the People Lead" "In the early 1970s,...

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Great Alabama 650, the World’s Longest Annual Paddle Race, Kicks off Oct 1-11

The world’s longest annual paddle race is set to...

A Glint at Sprint: Olympians Add to Their Medal Tally

Apparently, Olympic gold medals weren’t enough. Olympic champions Lisa Carrington, Balint...
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What’s New from Canoecopia!

What started as a weekend sale 18 years ago in the land of cheese curds has grown into the industry’s largest consumer show. Held the second weekend of March every year, once again Rutabaga's Canoecopia offered the season's first glimpse at new gear to hit the water this season. PL was on hand to sniff out some of the goods...