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Glenwood Games Postponed to Sept. 4-6

First the heralded move to Glenwood Springs. Now a new date thanks to COVID-19. The 2020 Glenwood Adventure Games — formerly the Golden Games —...

22nd Annual Yukon River Quest Cancelled

You'd think that at least the boondocks of the Yukon would offer enough social distancing, but even the 2020 Yukon River Quest has been cancelled....

Coronavirus Cancels Canoecopia

Canoecopia has become the first major paddlesports gathering to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Organizers announced the cancellation of the long-running consumer tradeshow...

The Big Gear Show gets Bigger with Multi-Sport Demo Day

The Big Gear Show (BGS), the outdoor-industry’s new hard goods-focused trade show, announced today that the July 2020 event will start with a productive full...

Hobie’s B.O.S. is Back

For competitive kayakers, the Hobie’s Bass Open Series marks the inaugural season opener for kayak angling. These hardcore, people-powered anglers ready their paddles, spin...

Haw Sisters Throw Their Names into the Dusi Hat Canoe Marathon

Having raced onto the podium in a K2 in their U23 days, the Haw Sisters, Tamika and Bianca have decided to turn up for...

Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Celebrity Adventurer Colin O’Brady Rows Drake Passage  

Colin O’Brady and his crew have achieved what was once considered impossible — crossing the treacherous Drake passage by row boat. After launching in early...

Colorado team falls short in second speed record descent down Grand

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That was the paddling premise behind the U.S Rafting Team, which, despite a new raft...

Mike Horn’s Pole 2 Pole Crossing with Alpacka Packraft

In possibly one of the most ambitious and historical circumnavigations in our present time, Mike Horn transversed the entire globe on the Pole2Pole voyage; a...

Tradeshow Wars Continue: Hasta Luego, Paddlesports Retailer, Hola Big Gear Show

Just when you were getting accustomed to traveling to Oklahoma City (and padding its whitewater park) at the end of every August for the...

Niche Report: APP Launches Inaugural Inflatable SUP World Championships

OK, so maybe it’s all getting a little “nichey.” That’s our take, anyway, as just ahead of the 2019 World Championship Tour SUP Finals Dec....

The Reign of Dane Stays on the Grain (Hey, we had to make it rhyme…)  

It’s been a long time coming, but Red Bull kayaker Dane Jackson set a new course record on his way to a repeat victory...

Sup World Titles Contested in China

Well, the International Canoe Federation promised, and it delivered on a stand up paddling world championships for the record books. More than 200 of the...

Surfs’s Up at Red Bull Heavy Water in San Fran; Casper Steinfath of Denmark Nabs Crown for Second Time

It’s been two years, with anticipation by contestants growing with the swells. Red Bull Heavy Water, a highlight on the Pro Standup Paddleboard circuit, returned...

Brendel and Kover Among 200 SUP World Title Entries

Entries for this month’s ICF stand up paddling world championships in China are climbing towards 200, with three-time Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Brendel and...

First-Ever IRF World Whitewater Rafting Summit Held in Costa Rica

With the focus on managing risk for a prosperous future, the first-ever World Whitewater Rafting Summit, presented by the International Rafting Federation (IRF), gave the...

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:...

Slalom World Titles and Olympic Quotas on the Line in Spain

Olympic spots are looming. The biggest field of athletes in more than 15 years will take to the waters of La Seu in Spain...

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...

River Cleanup to Bring 16 Countries Together to Clean 10 Rivers Across Europe

The international initiative invites citizens and organizations to clean ten rivers in Europe to draw attention to water pollution An international collective “River Cleanup” is...

Watch Jessica Fox’s Blistering World Cup Slalom Run Here!

Want to see paddling perfection? Check out Australian phenom Jessica Fox’s winning kayak run at the World Cup finals in the Czech Republic —...

AIRE Celebrates 30th Anniversary (Rolls Out Puma Classic)

Blow out the candles (after you blow up one of their inflatables): AIRE, one of the world’s leading inflatable paddlecraft manufacturers, is celebrating a...

First Sprint Medals Decided at ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Advance of Olympic Quotas

Germany and Belarus picked up two gold medals each while Spain, China and host nation Hungary were also triumphant on the first day of...

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...

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Emily Jackson on Finding Balance in Life

Balance is far more than something you find in your boat. It’s just as important — perhaps even more...
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Don’t Think There’s Money in Kayak Fishing? Hobie Bass Open Series Pays Out $62K; Winner Ryan Lambert Pockets $30K

When the splashing ended, drags stopped screaming and wind finally subsided, Ryan Lambert’s name stood alone atop the leader...

Watch Vid of 9-year-old Paddling Skykomish’s Class IV Boulder Drop (and Q&A with the Father) 

A 9-year-old boy's attempt to become the youngest person to whitewater kayak through the Skykomish's notorious Class IV rapid...

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Adventure Xstream Series Goes Off Large

Adventure Xstream’s 8th season--a 6-event multisport endurance series featuring paddling, navigation, mountain biking, trail runrning, rappeling and Tyrolean Traverses--started off witha bang with record numbers charging off the starting line in Moab, Utah, on April 5, 2008. PL's man in the field chimes in...