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Czechs, Brazilians dominate Pre-Worlds in Costa Rica

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Babushkas, Borscht, and…BOATS!?!?!

Ah Slovenia, land of babushkas, borscht, and…boats. That’s right, boats. Lots of ‘em. Most of the western world wouldn’t consider the former Soviet Republic a hotbed of paddling action. However, here in the PL office we know better. The 2010 edition of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships just wrapped up from the Tacen Whitewater Course on the Sava River, keep reading for highlights of all the action and results…

The Heat Is On! IFC Canoe Sprint World Championships

Usually the heat associated with “the dog days of August” keeps the dogs on the porch makes the rest of us lazy. Extreme heat didn’t keep the athletes or spectators away from the banks of the Warta river and the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. The event wrapped over the weekend in Poznan, Poland. PL checks in with the results. No dog-paddlers allowed.

Rafter Dies at Euro Rafting Championships

Tragedy struck the Euro Rafting Championships June 4th on Italy's Noce River when a member of the Bosnian women's rafting team drowned while paddling the river's slalom course...

American Women Nab 1st Ever Podium Finish At 2010 ICF Jr. World Championships

The 2010 ICF Junior World Championships have just wrapped from Foix, France and the American women are finding themselves on the podium for the first time. The men, meanwhile, missed finishing in the top three by just two touches and four seconds…

Filling The Void: New Paddlesport Event Announced For Seattle

Sea Kayaker magazine, Mountain to Sound Outfitters and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announce a new paddlesports event in Seattle, WA. Greg Whitaker, founder and CEO of Mountain to Sound Outfitters announced today a new world-class sea kayaking and stand up-paddling (SUP) event to be held June 25, and 26 of 2011 at West Seattles Alki Beach.

Missoula MT Hosts US Freestyle Kayak Team Trials

Missoula MT played host to an old-west style shoot-out this weekend as the US Freestyle Kayak Team trials were held at Brennan’s Wave on the Clark Fork River. It wasn’t exactly high-noon at the OK corral and absent were the Hatfield-McCoy like bitter rivalries, but the “Young Guns” certainly came out with both barrels blazing....

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”.

US Freestyle Team Trials This Weekend In Missoula MT

The grandstands and competitors' expectations are rising as the nation's best freestyle kayakers converge on Brennan's Wave on the Clark's Fork River in Missoula, Mont., this weekend to see who has what it takes to make the U.S. Freestyle Team and get a ticket to compete in the World Championships in Plattling, Germany, next June for the World Championships.

From Prague with Love: Molmenti and Schornberg are the big winners at 2010 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup

Danielle Molmenti (ITA) didn’t take many risks, but still took the top spot in Men’s K1 finals while Jasmin Schornberg (GER) followed suit in the Women’s K1 final. Both credit their middle starting positions as keeping the pressure off, and completing efficient low risk runs en route to positioning themselves atop the podium.

Freeburn Posts 2nd Downriver Win at FIBArk… in 20 Years

Next up, a Geritol sponsorship. Mike Freeburn turned on his own burners to win this year's 26-mile FIBArk race on the Arkansas, a whopping 20 years after first winning it in 1991. Meanwhile, Gary Lacy of Recreation Engineering & Planning took second, with Freeburn awarding him the title of "Legend" for competing in 36 straight events...

KA-CHING: Danny Ching Makes A Clean Sweep At Battle Of The Paddle

Home-field advantage isn't everything. Californian native Danny Ching takes 1st place in the two most important races at Battle of the Paddle in Waikiki, HI.

Lyons, and wagers, and galoshes Oh My!: Complete 2010 Lyons Outdoor Games Wrap-up

Lyons and wagers and galoshes Oh My! The 2010 Lyons Outdoor Games were by all accounts a soggy affair. The bike events were cancelled, and the raging waters of the St. Vrain river moved the paddle sport events upstream. Yet, nothing dampened the spirits of the spectators and competitors who braved the elements to participate in the 7th annual LOG.

Virtual Unkown, Noa Ginella, Outpaddles MacArthur and Gavere

Noa Ginella, a 16-year-old from the North Shore of Oahu, HI, surpassed all other stand-up paddlers including the two favorites to win the Surf Sprint event over Dan Gavere by more than 16 seconds.

Stand Up Guy: Dan Gavere Wins Back-To-Back Championships

With warm temps surging the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs to 14,200 cfs, a new grandstand area, and nearly five times as many spectators as last year, the national River SUP Championships brought the country's best watermen to the Rockies to do single-bladed stand-up battle on Memorial Day. Who won? One guess...

Suttun, Faux Win Homestake Race at Teva Mountain Games

It must be the Vegemite or something else from Down Under. Whatever the reason, kayakers from the Southern Hemisphere are the first heroes at the Teva Mtn. Games, with Kiwi Sam Sutton winning for the men and Australia's Tanya Faux for the women at the Bud Light Lime Steep Creep Championship on Homestake Creek.

TEVA Mountain Games Announces 2010 Whitewater Events

The Teva Mountain Games are the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally-friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 2,000 adventure athletes, along with an estimated 40,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail and road running and stand up paddling.

Paddling Life Pro Invitational 2010

May 31, 2010 Steamboat Springs, Colorado Presented by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Sponsored by Steamboat In The Summertime, NRS, and Canoe & Kayak Magazine

PBR Event to Host National Rafting Champs!

We set out to learn about Idaho’s Payette Boise River Revival – a celebration of both the Payette and Boise River drainages. We ended up learning about the National Rafting Championships, the Boise Whitewater Park, beer and padding your pants for the ladies. Uh…thanks but that was a little too much information. We didn’t edit anything out so you, the reader, can come away with the same weird feeling we did after talking to organizers Sam Goff and Bill Driscoll.

2007 US Surf Ski Champs Coming to San Fran Sept. 29-30

Who says Barry Bonds is stealing all the limelight in San Francisco? While the slugger recently beat Hank Aaron’s homerun mark at home for the Giants, organizers of the 2007 U.S. Surf Ski Championships are anticipating a homerun of their own when the 2007 US Surf Ski Champs come to San Francisco Sept. 29-30. Our pick: Oscar Chalupsky, with epic Kayaks business partner Greg Barton a close second...

Swell Love at the Santa Cruz Surf Kayak Festival

Epic conditions make for epic competitions and the infamous Steamer Lane surf break in Santa Cruz, California provided six-foot glassy waves all weekend at the Santa Cruz Surf Kayak Festival March 16-18th.

PaddleFest Comes to Buena Vista, CO May 18-20

Whitewater enthusiasts will descend upon the Upper Arkansas River May 18 – 20 for a huge kickoff party to celebrate the start of the summer whitewater boating season...

Paddling Events 2017

January 15-18 Paddle Florida along Peace River, February 21-23 Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium; San Francisco, CA March 6-8 Canoecopia; Madison, MI,, 1-800-472-3353 13-15 Alabama Games 20-22 Jersey Paddler...

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Even COVID-19 couldn’t keep kayak phenom Dane Jackson from winning his fourth World Freestyle Kayak Championship. British freestyle paddler Ottilie Robinson-Shaw completed...

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