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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 Operations Mark Loughmiller.“Before joining Kokatat Mark...

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 only Olympic male and female...

Director’s Statement: Rush Sturges on the Premier of “The River Runner”

Any kayaker who’s worth his or her weight in noseplugs knows of Rush Sturges, an accomplished filmmaker and expedition kayaker who grew up on...

Summertime Kayak Fishing: What To Wear—A Primer from Level6

Ah, summer. The season for paddling, canoeing, paddleboarding, and of course, kayak fishing. Although kayak fishing can be a year-round activity, summertime sees the...

Cool Running: Jamaica’s Solomon Maragh Makes Slalom History

Call it Cool Paddling. In the 1993 movie "Cool Running," a group of Jamaicans created history by qualifying for the bobsled competition at the...

Rafting Season Strong Despite Low Snow, Pandemic 

While snowpack levels are below average across much of the western U.S., rafting outfitters are anticipating a solid season coming up as COVID-19 restrictions...

Groover / Fish Photo Caption Contest Winners!

Well, the results are in from our most recent Photo Caption Contest, this time the witticisms relating to a guy on the groover while,...

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

Feel good about your little 10-mile SUP day trip? That’s paddling peanuts. A threesome of adventurers has you beat, supping source-to-sea down 234 miles...

Hasta Luego, PADDLEexpo

It was great while it lasted. But, like a river, all great things have to come to an end. Europe’s PADDLEexpo tradeshow series, also...

New A-DASH Program Helps Address Sexual Harassment, Discrimination in the River Community

Hot bodies and cold whitewater rapids have been the recipe for river romance for decades. But what happens when sexual advances are not welcome...

Holy Beatdown! Level6 King of Alps Comp Goes Awwwfff!

25 Nations – 250 Paddlers – 100% Fun. That sums up Italy’s King of the Alps kayak contest, which organizers held with COVID protocols...

Tokyo Here We Come: Meet the 3 Whitewater Paddlers Representing the USA at the Olympics

All eyes were on US racers at the 2021 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, on June 11–13, as berths at...

4X Champ: Jackson Takes North Fork Crown (Plus, POV of Winning Run)

Don’t think that a year off from racing because of COVID-19 slowed extreme kayakers down at all. Especially phenom Dane Jackson, who won again...

RMR Rafts Celebrates 10th Anniversary

While 10 years isn’t much in the lifespan of a river, it certainly is in the raft industry, with RMR popping the Champagne on...

Foiled Again: Chris Bertish Plans to Solo Wing Foil 2,750 Miles Across the Pacific

Watesports athlete Chris Bertish is at it again. In a venture dubbed the TransPac Wing Project, he plans to solo wing foil 2,750 nautical...

Middle Fork, Main and…Selway? A 310-mile Packraft/Ski Combo in Idaho

Proud of your measly little portage? A group of hard chargers in Idaho skied across the Sawtooths to Marsh Creek, then used their Alpacka...

Cuba Calling: Caribbean Country Garners 5 Golds at ICF World Cup Sprint Event

Forget the cigars...Cuba is making itself known for sprint paddling. Boding well for competing in the Tokyo Olympics, the country emerged as serious medal contender...

NRS, AW Release Paddle Wise “Responsibility Code” for Paddlers

NRS and American Whitewater have released a new responsibility code for paddlers. Called Paddle Wise, the program outlines what all paddlers should do to help be...

PL Q&A: Catching Up With “From the River” Author Joe Booth

Longtime kayaker and author Joe Booth recently released his new book “From the River: A Guidebook to Sobriety from a Lifetime of Lessons Paddling”...

Influencers and Ambassador Programs in the Paddlesports Industry: an Op-Ed from NRS’s Mark Deming

We got this note from our friend Mark Deming over at NRS last week, and wanted to share it with you here. We welcome...

Snapshot: American River’s River Card on Biden’s First 100 Days

Is the Biden administration delivering for rivers? In a story by staffer Matt Young, conservation group American Rivers addresses this in a look at...

Catching Up With Author Natalie Warren on Her Book, “Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic

Unrelenting winds, carnivorous polar bears, snake nests, sweltering heat, and constant hunger— those are a few of the hurdles overcome by Natalie Warren and...

Jackson Wins Little White Extreme Race (Bonus: Watch Vid of Top 4 Racers Side-by-Side!)

Dane Jackson came out swinging at one of the first extreme kayak races of the season, winning the 2021 Little White Salmon Race on...

Social Campaign of the Month!

In one of the better examples we’ve seen of a company in the paddling space using social media to spread their word, S20 Designs,...

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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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Confluence Pens Tribute to Bomber Gear’s Rick Franken

As so many of you know by now, Rick Franken, founder and designer of Bomber Gear passed away this past weekend. We wanted to let you know that Rick’s family has confirmed that he died in his sleep due to respiratory failure while at the Alabama Mountain Games. His family is planning a celebration of life that will take place at the Animas River Days in Durango in June. They have also established the Franken Children’s Education Fund—please see how you can contribute at the end of this post. For now, we wanted to take a minute to remember the man that we all loved and valued. Click here for more...

RIP: Jersey Paddlesports Show Says Hasta Luego

The Jersey Paddlesports Show, one of springtime's marquee consumer paddlesports tradeshows -- and barometer of what's likely to sell for the year -- announced that the show will be no more...