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7th Time’s a Charm for Morley at Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival

The stars aligned for both organizers and longtime competitor Sean Morley at this year's Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival, with Morley pocketing his first-ever, prestigious high-performance win and organizers getting 10- to 15-foot swells and bluebird skies the entire weekend…

Obama Designates New National Monuments of Interest to Paddlers

Paddlers have plenty of reason to celebrate with President Barack Obama recently designating five new national monuments encompassing more than 240,000 acres, including several of keen interest to kayakers and canoeists. Among the new paddling-friendly monuments are…

Paddling Santa Catalina Island

There’s a place off the coast of California that gained much of its contemporary name recognition from the hilarious movie “Step Brothers.” But despite this odd notoriety, the island just happens to be a paddlers paradise…not to mention an ideal spot to relax, do some hiking, fishing, SUPing, SCUBA and spear fishing.

The West Magpie by Train: A Northeastern Quebec Ramble-about

Okay, so this is a little longer tome than PL normally runs. But Chris Harjes' graduation-present-to-himself, train-accessed run of Quebec's West Magpie has everything any PL reader should covet, from black flies to dehydrated bacon and mind-blowing, wilderness boating...

SUP Adventure Group Named Surfer Magazine 2012 Agent of Change

Surfer Magazine named Paddle2Live SUP fundraising adventure group as the Surfer Poll Agent of Change 2012 award recipient.

Teva Pulls Out of Mountain Games

The Teva Mountain Games are the Teva Mountain Games no more. The world's biggest stage for freestyle and creek racing will still be around, just not with Teva as a sponsor. Teva president Joel Heath announced Nov. 28 that the footwear giant is pulling out of the Games after an 11-year run. PL checks in with Heath for the lowdown...

Bluesmiths: The Ultimate Board Short?

If you want to test out apparel made specifically for getting wet, it helps to do so on the manufacturer’s home turf. And if that turf involves surf, so much the better. Such was the case when, on vacation in Maui, we found ourselves Supping with Bluesmiths founder John Smalley, whose apparel line is making waves as fast as its wearers are catching them….

Colorado River Ranger Among Victims at Denver bar Shooting

The perils of inner-city living hit the tight-knit Colorado boating community on Oct. 17 when BLM river ranger Ross Richter, who worked at the popular Pumphouse and Statebridge sections of the Upper Colorado River, was among the five victims killed at a Denver bar shooting...

Ching, Anderson Win Battle of the Paddle

For the burgeoning stand-up crowd, the annual Gerry Lopez Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point, Calif., has become the de facto World Championships in the sport, with some of its biggest year-long bragging rights on the line. And in one of the tightest racers ever, this year those accolades went to Redondo Beach local Danny Ching, who won his third Battle of the Paddle.

Conservation Alliance Awards Record $700,000 in Grants; Several Wateway Organizations to Reap Benefits

The Smith River, Skeena watershed, southern Utah ...these are just a few of the nation's paddling areas benefiting from $700,000 in grants recently issued by the Conservation Alliance, marking the largest funding cycle in the group’s 23-year history...

KEEN Promotes World Recess Day Sept. 14!

Want a great excuse to get out and paddle, and win schwag in the process? Footwear company KEEN is sponsoring World Wide Recess Day (WWRD) on September 14, trying to break the record for the most recesses ever taken in one 24-hour period. Knowing PL readers don’t need much incentive to hit the water, clean those cobwebs out of your cockpit and join the cause...

Teva Founder Thatcher Hatches New Sandal Co.

He’s baaaack. Decades after founding footwear giant Teva in 1984, a born-in-the-Grand-Canyon brand that has since become synonymous with river running, Teva founder Mark Thatcher is at it again launching a new footwear company called Sazzi...

REP Whitewater Challenge Wraps Up; Dane Jackson, Courtney Kerin nab top spots in series sponsored by Recreation Engineering & Planning and Bomber Gear

The $5,000 REP Whitewater Challenge, a series of events held at river parks designed by Boulder, Colo.’s Recreation Engineering & Planning, wrapped up on the weekend of July 7-8 at Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho, with familiar names on the podium and grand plans for an even bigger and better series next year...

Drought, Schmought: Shoshone Protocol Spells Higher-than-Average Flows in Upper Colorado

Believe it or not, in this year of historically low runoff in Colorado, the state's main artery, the Colorado River, is running higher than average in Class V Gore Canyon and Class II Lower Gore Canyon downstream (1,150 cfs), and perfect for rafters in Shoshone Canyon near Glenwood Springs. And paddlers owe it all to something called the Shoshone Outage Protocol...

Whazzup at Wassau

In an effort to tie in more people in the town’s own backyard to the world-class river park amenity they have coursing through downtown, the city of Wausau, Wis., recently followed the path of other whitewater park townships by hosting a summer festival based around the river. The result: the 2nd Annual Wausau RiverFest, drawing over 100 paddlers to the town’s park as well as a few cheeseheads along for the ride...

Friberg Sets 24-Hour Stand Up Distance Record

If only the gold rushers had stand-up paddleboards and Ben Friberg’s stand-up stamina. On June 27, Ben Friberg set a new SUP Distance World Record on Canada’s Yukon River by paddling a whopping 238 miles in a single 24-hour period. All we can say is that’s a lot of standing and paddling. PL checks in with the record-setter...

Festival Season in Full Swing: FIBArk, Lyons and More!

With the Lyons Outdoor Games and FIBArk wrapping up in Colorado, and river fest followers now flocking to Gunnison, Festival season is in full swing in Colorado, with familiar names on the podium. A quick wrap PL-style on who’s done what where...

SUPping the Bermuda Triangle

You've heard of the Bermuda Triangle, the demise of countless ships. Hopefully, the same fate won't befall stand-up paddlers Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote who are planning the first-ever attempt to stand-up paddle (SUP) over 48 miles across the Gulf Stream, from Bimini, Bahamas to Miami, Florida.

$5,000 REP Whitewater Challenge Off to Rapid Start; 3 Down, 4 to Go

Next stop Lyons. That's the sentiment for those following the $5,000 REP Whitewater Challenge, a series of events held at river parks designed by Boulder, Colo.’s Recreation Engineering & Planning, now nearing its halfway point with three of its seven events completed. In the lead? No surprise...Dane Jackson.

Stand-up Surf’s Up in Colorado

Shaka-brah. That's what SUP paddlers will be saying in Colorado June 9-10 when the 2012 Rocky Mountain Surf Festival comes to Glenwood Springs. The Polynesian-themed extravaganza will feature surfing contests, music, food and product vendors, costumes, limbo competitions, hula hooping, goof boarding and more...

Inside the Adirondack Paddlefest in Old Forge, NY

Want to sell boats? Take a lesson from the Adirondack Paddlefest in Old Forge, N.Y. Clear skies and sky blue sales marked the 14th Annual Adirondack Paddlefest in Old Forge, New York, May 18–20, at the biggest on-water boat sale and demo in the country...

The Hunger For Water Games; Teva Plans Alternatives for Low Flows

Paddlers might be partying a little harder than usual at this year's Teva Games. Mother Nature has thrown every curve ball possible to the organizers of the Teva Mountain Games — from sinkholes and snowstorms to floods. This year it's drought. While organizers remain hopeful all whitewater and SUP events will take place as planned May 31-June 3, they'll make a final race status decision May 29....

AR Announces Most Endangerd Rivers List; Potomac, Green, Skykomish Also Make List

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act this year, American Rivers named the Coal River as topping America’s Most Endangered Rivers, shining a spotlight on the threat mountaintop removal mining poses to clean water and public health. Read on for full list...

NOC Freestyle Shootout April 20-22

Borrowing a line from Field of Dreams, the Nantahala Outdoor Center gears up this week for the 2012 NOC Freestyle Shootout April 20-22, the first official freestyle event to be held at the newly built Nantahala Wave, designed for the upcoming 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships...

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