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Obama Backs Rivers

It looks like we're not finished with Whitewater in the White House. Only this time around, instead of a scandal plaguing the Clinton administration, president Obama is putting it at the forefront of his concerns, listing river recreation as among the top ten priorities of a new federal action plan for reconnecting people with nature...

200 Year Old Canoe Found In Trash Now On Display

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Especially when it comes to canoes. You can see that for yourself in rural Jackson County, Missouri, at the Fort Osage Education Center, where a 200-year-old dugout canoe found by a truck driver working on a flood control project is now on display year round...

Paddler Replaced by Rapid

No, that's not a typo. You can finally play Taps for Paddler, the long-standing member benefit magazine for the American Canoe Association. At it November board meeting, the ACA announced that it will “officially” suspend publishing Paddler and will have Canada’s Rapid Media, spearheaded by Scott MacGregor, satisfy its member magazine benefits...

Metro-Vac Debuts New Rapid-Deployment Pumps

Perfect for Inflatable Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards, Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company of Suffern, New York, has introduced a new generation of rapid-deployment Magic-Air Electric Inflator/Deflators.

$10 Million Devon Boathouse opens in Oklahoma City

It may sound strange, but Oklahoma City is fast becoming the epicenter for collegiate and Olympic training for rowers in the United States. The Oklahoma Regatta Festival just wrapped over the weekend and PL checks in to see just what makes this a go-to destination for aspiring paddle-sports athletes...

Czechs, Brazilians dominate Pre-Worlds in Costa Rica

Four days in October with global implications. No, it's not a political crisis, just the International Rafting Federation Pre-World competition in Costa Rica. Keep reading for the PL lowdown...

Ka-CHING Redux: Danny Ching Makes it a Clean Sweep in California

It seems that wherever there is a Battle for the Paddle, Danny Ching emerges victorious. In June Ching won both the SUP 10-mile distance race and 5-mile elite race in Waikiki, HI. Now back in his home state of California Ching made it a clean sweep. This past Sunday Ching once again won both the SUP10 mile and 5 mile contests…

A Couple of Beers Can Go A Long Way to Save the Colorado River

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference drinking a couple of beers. Earlier this summer PL reported that the New Belgium Brewing Company in Ft. Collins was spearheading an effort to restore the Colorado River after being named one of the “Most Endangered Rivers in America”. Now all those brewskies enjoyed after a full day of paddling have come to fruition...

Laird Hamilton Puts On A Clinic at Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow

The Outdoor Summer Market Retailer Tradeshow is in full swing this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. PL is on the scene, and yesterday witnessed the open-air demo from Jordanelle Sate Park. Stand-up paddleboards were all the rate at the on-water demo, with appearances by gurus Laird Hamilton, Chuck Patterson and Slater Trout among others.

Super-size Me

Paddling Life is on hand at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, to bring you not-in-the-industry folk up to speed on what’s going down. First installment: a look at products for the stockier set. Turns out that Morgan Spurlock, whose 30-day McDonald's diet documented the fast-food industry, isn’t the only one going super size. Paddlesport exhibitors are also banking on beefier consumers by churning out products that excel for XLs. Following are a few tipping the scales.

4th Annual Chicago Shoreline Marathon

Chicago is known for its storied sports franchises, deep-dish pizza pies, and bone chilling wind. This August, however, the city and Lake Michigan play host to the fourth annual Chicago Shoreline Marathon. The event proudly claims to be “The only world-class race to paddle Lake Michigan and the shores of Chicago”.

Idaho’s North Fork at 70-year Record Flood

Get yer’ game on. If Idaho's North Fork Payette has long been a badge of courage for the hair-boating set, now it's a full-on coat of arms. Heavy rains and flooding of the North Fork reservoir have led dam officials to open the gates, releasing a record 9,000 cfs into the raging waterway and luring the bravest of the big water dogs out of the whitewater woodwork to give it a go ...

Film-maker Justine Curgenven brings the thrill of canoeing into your living room

From Canada to Scotland & Wales, and back the United States, the globe-trotting DVD features 3 hours of adventure and provides insight into the diversity of the sport and the influential people who tell its story.

A Love Letter To The Nile River by Dr. Jesse Stone

A Paddling Life Special Report from the Nile River in Africa from Dr. Jesse Stone. The extreme kayaker gives Paddling Life a first-hand account of they mystery and wonder of the Nile as progress threatens to alter the course of the river forever.

Thompson River University Adventure Guide Diploma Program builds leaders on and off the water

Students at TRU earn college credits while exploring the rivers of Nepal and help Nepalese Sherpas with funding to continue their own education

Go! Oregon

The area around Portland Oregon is a boater's paradise, whether your jones is whitewater, touring or surf. PL tells you where to go, and what to do afterwards.

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