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Hydrus SUP Co-founder Nicholas Zawadzki Dies Paddleboarding Payette

Nicholas Zawadzki, 36, co-owner and co-founder of whitewater paddleboard company Hydrus Board Tech, died on Monday, Aug. 9, following "a complete freak and unexpected accident"...

OARS Launches “Cathedral in the Desert” Dory Down the Grand on its Inaugural Voyage

Family-owned and operated river running outfitter OARS launched its newest dory, Cathedral in the Desert, on its inaugural run on the Colorado River through...

A PL Q&A with Mustang Survival’s Josh Horoshok

Forget singing that catchy little song "Mustang Sally" by the Committments. Established in 1967 by Irv Davies, the inventor of the world’s first Floater...

Catching Up With Former Pro Boater Luke Hopkins on BG’s New Tandem SUP, Built for the Pandemic

For Body Glove, Nautica and Spyder licensee Surf 9—whose 45 employees are based in Benita Springs, FL, including 10 added in just the past...

BOTE Wins ICAST 2021 “Best Boat” Category

SUP-maker BOTE banged out a big win at this year's ICAST trade show in Florida. Held at the Orange County Convention Center, this year’s ICAST (International...

Honoring Rafael Gallo: Go Fund Me Launched for RAFA, IWHOF and IRF

Rafa lives on. Rafael Gallo, the former conservationist, rafting advocate and owner of Costa Rican outfitter Rios Tropicales who passed away from pancreatic cancer in...

A Boost for Diversity and Conservation: NRS Launches 2021 “Just Add Water” Project

Talk about putting money where your river mouth is. Northwest River Supplies (NRS) recently launched the third year and phase of its Just Add Water...

20 Years and Counting: A Q&A with Alpacka Pack Rafts CEO Thor Tingey

Alpacka pioneered the pack raft industry when president Thor Tingey’s mother, Sheri, helped him invent the craft for her son’s multisport racing exploits in...

Czech’s Jiri Prskavec Wins Whitewater Kayak Slalom Gold; US’s Smolen 5th

Czech dynamo Jiri Prskavec buried the demons of Rio 2016 with a barnstorming run to win men’s kayak gold in the final event on...

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 Park, according to the National...

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...

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...

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...

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...

50 Years And Going Strong: Catching Up With Kokatat Prez Steve O’Meara

It was the same year Disney World opened, the U.S. launched Apollo 14 and "All in the Family" debuted on television. For paddlesports apparel and...

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...

Kayaker Dies on Meatgrinder Rapid on Colorado’s Crystal River

A kayaker drowned on June 17 while kayaking the Crystal River, according to the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office. According to reports, Chason P. Russell, a...

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...

Pelican International Acquires Advanced Elements

Now you can add a high-end inflatable IK line to Pelican International’s growing paddlesports portfolio. Just two years after acquiring Confluence Outdoors, whose brands include...

Montgomery (ALA) Whitewater Park Breaks Ground

Make me an angel, that flies from Montgomery... Those words by John Prine come in the form of a new recirculating whitewater park coming to...

Mustang Survival Acquires Ocean Rodeo Dry Wear

As part of a strategic move as they pursue growth in action watersports dry wear, Mustang Survival, the North American brand known for innovative...

Inventory Issues and Paddlesports

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That quote by Charles Dickens sums up the paddlesports industry this season,...

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...

Western Snowpack Roundup

With runoff starting throughout the West, paddlers are heading out in droves to area waterways—despite Mother Nature not necessarily providing a wealth of water...

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The Quest for 4.0: Dane Jackson on Breaking the 4-minute Mark on the Green

Forget Chasing Mavericks. Like runners’ quest for the 4-minute mile, Red Bull athlete and Jackson Kayak’s Dane Jackson is...

Back For More: Check out NRS Flowstate!

Getting the flow state. That's the mantra being preached by NRS, which is halfway through the second season of its...

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Hydrus SUP Co-founder Nicholas Zawadzki Dies Paddleboarding Payette

Nicholas Zawadzki, 36, co-owner and co-founder of whitewater paddleboard...

OARS Launches “Cathedral in the Desert” Dory Down the Grand on its Inaugural Voyage

Family-owned and operated river running outfitter OARS launched its...
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For now, at least, Fluid fans will have to make do without much fanfare for a new whitewater model release. For the first time in 12 years, the company announced that it will not release any new whitewater models this year, instead focusing on introducing its South African born and bred recreational and fishing range in Europe and the USA.

Drought, Schmought: Shoshone Protocol Spells Higher-than-Average Flows in Upper Colorado

Believe it or not, in this year of historically low runoff in Colorado, the state's main artery, the Colorado River, is running higher than average in Class V Gore Canyon and Class II Lower Gore Canyon downstream (1,150 cfs), and perfect for rafters in Shoshone Canyon near Glenwood Springs. And paddlers owe it all to something called the Shoshone Outage Protocol...

Creature Craft Founder Hospitalized After Running Wash.’s Sunset Falls

The raft didn’t flip, but it landed its inventor in the hospital. In late May, Darren Vancil, inventor of the Creature Craft, landed in the emergency room after taking his Creature Craft brainchild down Washington’s notorious Sunset Falls on the Skykomish River.