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A Corona Note from an Outfitter: We’re all Paddling a First Descent

The world finds itself in uncharted territory in the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. Longtime river adventurer Rafael Gallo gives some words of comfort...

Olympic Update: Olympics Postponed (as well as US Olympic Team Trials)

In breaking news, USA today reports that the 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed by one year because of coronavirus. The news comes just...

Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Dinosaur Closed to River Running

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the southwestern United States, the following is an update on closures and restrictions throughout the...

PL Special Book Excerpt: Amazon Woman

Facing Fears, Chasing Dreams, and a Quest to Kayak the World's Largest River from Source to Sea By Darcy Gaechter An extraordinary and inspiring chronicle of...

American Whitewater Stewardship Highlights from 2019!

So the new year has come. What better time to look back and reel in the accomplishments of one of the country's top river...

Uber Combo: Paddling Croatia Via Sailboat

Huck Finn once said, “Thar ain’t no home like a raft.” For our host Zeljko Kelemen in Croatia, there ain’t no home quite like...

“One Portage, Two Swims” and the Biggest Rapid Ever Run? Dane Knocks off the Indus (and Comes Clean on his Swim)

The biggest rapid ever run? That might be a big claim, what with boaters having flung themselves off Niagara Falls and braving the Yangtze...

Raising Awareness for Ecuador’s Next Crown Jewel: The Rio Magdalena

Ecuadorian kayaker Joaquin Meneses is on a mission. It’s to protect his beloved Rio Magdalena, which he calls “one of the best creeks in...

Using Paddling Events for Fundraising: Case Study — RiverTrek and Florida’s Apalachicola River

Story by Doug Alderson From paddling races to kayak poker runs, many nonprofit groups use events as engaging opportunities to raise funds. Starting with the basics:...

Westwater River Runners Rejoice: General Store Opens in Cisco!

River runners paddling Utah’s Westwater Canyon can now rest easy if they forgot a costume for “formal night” or even the hot dogs. A...

Boating to Bluegrass: Say Yes to the Yarmony Music Festival

Want to float into a music festival? It doesn't get any better than rafting into the rip-roaring Yarmony Music Festival, a three-day, hippie-filled, Hula-hooping...

Cody Beach Wins as Gore Fest Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Life's a beach for Cody Beach, who bested all other boaters in the longboat class to take this year's coveted Gore Canyon race with...

Madawaska Kanue Center Extends Season

Why let a good thing go? The folks over at Madawaska Kanue Center are having so much fun, they decided to extend their season an...

Boise Gets Rockin’ Whitewater Park Expansion

 Already close to some of the best whitewater in the country, Boise, Idaho, is now giving paddlers (and surfers) another reason to visit the...

Check Out This Little Known Whitewater Park in the Outdoor Mecca of Northwest Arkansas

While neighboring Bentonville, Arkansas, and its popular mountain bike trail system gets much of the national hooplah when it comes to recreating in Northwest...

A Madawaska Kanu Centre Family Story

Essay by Adrick Brock Up until he turned 40, my dad received from my grandma a $50 bill for his birthday. He was bashful about...

The Reign of Dane: Jackson Takes Freestyle Crown at GoPro with Next Stop at the North Fork

With a win in the GoPro games' notorious Homestake Creek Race already under his spray skirt, Jackson Kayak’s Dane Jackson again proved his mettle...

Gopro Games Preview: Your Guide to the Paddling Events

The GoPro Games, coming June 6-9 in Vail, Colo., draws “pros and Joes” alongside each other to compete in everything from biking and climbing...

Paddlesports Museum Underway in Southeast

Want to see some classic paddlesports gear? Head to Asheville, N.C. While the town fell short in its bid to host the International Whitewater Hall...

World Raft Champs Going Down Down Under: Brazil On Top After First Day’s Sprint; China Wins Men’s Head-to-Head

For the world's top rafters, it’s all going down Down Under. After the first day of competition of the 2019 IRF World Rafting Championships, powered...

Come to Daddy’s: Tennessee’s Daddy’s Creek a Whitewater Haven

Daddy’s Creek meanders through Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau—most of the year. But, after heavy rainfall, it becomes one of the East Coast’s most exciting free-flowing...

International Whitewater Hall of Fame to Headquarter in Richmond

Richmond, Va., and its James River, will soon be home to the International Whitewater Hall of Fame. After a nationwide search led by the IWHOF...

Say It Ain’t So: Zambezi River’s Batoka Gorge Threatened By Dam

Now it’s getting personal. As if losing the awesome whitewater on Uganda's White Nile wasn't enough, now dam-makers have their sites set on Africa's famed...

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the John Wesley Powell Expedition, OARS Launches Hidden Canyons

In 1969, OARS became the first exclusively non-motorized rafting outfitter authorized by the National Park Service to run trips on the Colorado River through...

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Kokatat Sold

After 50 years under the direction and ownership of its founder, Steve O’Meara, Kokatat has been purchased by the company’s Director of...
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Flash Flood Kills Rafter in Grand Canyon

A 29-year-old woman was found dead and others were injured following a flash flood July 14 in Grand Canyon National...

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...

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Rafting Season Strong Despite Low Snow, Pandemic 

While snowpack levels are below average across much of...

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

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From floatcraft to footwear. That sums up the recent career trajectory of Sue Rechner, who, after stepping down as CEO of paddling powerhouse Confluence Outdoor was recently named president of shoe giant Merrell…