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New Rush Sturges Film Release! Paddle Tribal Waters

In 2024, the largest dam removal project in history will be completed on the Klamath River (Oregon/California). It will be a monumental victory for...

Plastic Tides: Using Sea Kayaks to Help Rid the Ocean of Waste

(By Ken Campbell) My name is Ken Campbell and in addition to being a long-time kayak guide and instructor, I am the director of the...

Tristan Bussell and NRS Launch “Before I Die”

Learning he had the gene for Early Onset Alzheimer’s motivated Tristan Bussell to turn his dream of kayaking off a waterfall into reality.

NRS Founder Bill Parks: “What I’ve Learned: Let the People Lead”

In His Own Words: NRS Founder Bill Parks — "What I’ve Learned: Let the People Lead" "In the early 1970s, while teaching at the University...

FERC Approves Removal of Four Klamath River Dams!

Today, federal regulators unanimously approved the removal of four outdated hydropower dams on the Klamath River (OR/CA), an action that will set free one...

The World’s First Pack Raft Kickflip? (Testing Alpacka’s Gnarwhal in Costa Rica; Watch Vid!)

What do you get when you join a trip with Amazing Vacations Costa Rica, running six rivers in as many days with world-class guides,...

Surf’s Up! Salida Gets New, Rippin’ Scout Wave (Plus Shredalicious Vid Footie)

Yup…The surf’s up in November in Colorado now, thanks to the new Scout Wave 2.0 on the Arkansas River in Salida. Located downstream of the...

Dane Jackson Breaks 4-Minute Mark on Green: Special PL Q&A! Plus: NPR Interviews Co-Winner Adriene Levknecht

Well, he did it…finally. Living up to this year’s race motto “Wishful Thinking,” kayaking phenom Dane Jackson finally broke one of the longest-running records...

Guitar Paddle the S. Fork Payette, Anyone?

Now that strikes a chord. The sound of running water is music to most paddlers’ ears. But no one has put their signature on...

HammerFactor Special: How to Watch the 2022 Green Race!

Want to watch the hottest, baddest, raddest whitewater race in paddlesports? The quest to topple the coveted 4-minute mark? Between the 170+ racers battling it...

Jacksons Sweep World Cup, Georgia Venue Sweeps Hearts

While Dane and Emily Jackson swept October’s ICF Freestyle World Cup competition, it was the venue on the Chattahoochee River’s new Rush South Whitewater...

NRS Celebrates 50th Anniversary: “We’re All Between Swims…” (Special PL Q&A with Mark Deming)

NRS Celebrates 50th Anniversary: “We’re All Between Swims…” “We’re all between swims” reads the lead messaging for the marketing literature for NRS’s 50th anniversary. “A lot...

Meet Our Latest Paddling Life Sweepstakes Winner!

What kind of people win our Paddling Life sweepstakes? People just like you and us, who visit the site and become…winners! Yep, our latest sweepstakes...

Paddling Life Kayak (and SUP) Sampler Roundup

Yep, there are more boats out there than you can shake a paddle at. So we took the liberty of getting our mitts on...

Photo Essay: Wacky Red Bull Rapids!

Not all Red Bull events are uber-extreme. Case in point: Red Bull Rapids, which took place at at Riversport OKC in Oklahoma City on Aug...

Jimmy Chin’s Edge of the Unknown: Gerd Serrasolses on Being Knocked Unconscious by 50-footer

Edge of the Unknown: Gerd Serrasolses In case you haven’t seen it, the new documentary series EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN, which premiered...

Great Alabama 650, the World’s Longest Annual Paddle Race, Kicks off Oct 1-11

The world’s longest annual paddle race is set to test the mettle—and blister threshold—of core-to-the-bone paddlers Oct. 1-11 in the Great Alabama 650, a...

Quinfecta: Jackson, Marr, Voorhees Bro’s Notch 5 Laps on the Stikine

Cross Canada’s Stikine off the big water bucket list for Dane Jackson. Paddling Jackson’s new Gnarvana creekboat, His Daneness, as well as Benny Marr...

Kind Design River Topo Sun Hoodie Review

Our friends at Kind Design asked us to test out their latest River Topo Sun Hoodie product.  Knowing how cool their other hoodie shirts...

Guess the Winning Time in the 2022 Green Race Contest and Win a Werner Paddle! 

Updated: Dane Jackson won the 2022 Green Race with a blistering time of 3:58.69!!!  This makes Mike Watson the proud new owner of a Werner...

A Glint at Sprint: Olympians Add to Their Medal Tally

Apparently, Olympic gold medals weren’t enough. Olympic champions Lisa Carrington, Balint Kopasz and Shixiao Xu and Mengya Sun showed the same winning form that took them to gold in Tokyo last...

The Ultimate Guide to How to Store Your Raft

Owning your own whitewater raft is an amazing experience that delivers the freedom to get on the river anytime you want. What’s more, you...

From Coal to Surfing: Craig, CO, Gets $3.3 Million EDA Grant for River Park Project

With the Yampa River running through town, Craig, Colo., is going about making its transition from coal to river recreation as a driving force...

Jackson Unveils, Wait For It…The Gnarvana!

Jackson Kayak has unveiled its latest whitewater kayak, the Gnarvana, its newest core creekboat design in over five years since its release of the...

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New Rush Sturges Film Release! Paddle Tribal Waters

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Inside the Pyranha “Thigh Hooker” (Plus Vid from 16-year-old sensation Judah Harms)

With shorter to medium sized paddlers wanting a more aggressive thigh hook in many Pyranha boats, the company has...

Plastic Tides: Using Sea Kayaks to Help Rid the Ocean of Waste

(By Ken Campbell) My name is Ken Campbell and in addition to being a long-time kayak guide and instructor, I...

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