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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...

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...

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...

Going Green with Level6: A Q&A with  Production Manager Addison Dark

When it comes to sustainability, Level6 is on the level. The company is implementing several key environmental initiatives to help protect the world we paddle...

American Rivers Releases 2021 Top Endangered Rivers List

For 36 years, American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers report has sounded the alarm about rivers facing urgent threats, spotlighting critical upcoming decisions and mobilizing public action.This year’s list  highlights...

Bad News for Black Canyon Boaters in Colo: Road Closed for 2021

Hoping to up your game and kayak the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado this year? You’ll have to wait another year. As reported...

Rafting Community Loses a Legend with the Passing of Rafael Gallo

The international rafting community lost one of its biggest stalwarts and promoters with the passing Tuesday, March 23, of Rafael Gallo, founder of Costa...

Support Youth Canoeing and Win a Level6 Drysuit!

Want to support youth canoeing, while earning a chance tow in a Level6 Emperor drysuit? Level6 has teamed up with Canada’s Project Canoe by hosting a raffle...

Hobie Sold; PL Catches Up with New Chairman Taso Sofikitis

On Jan. 25, pedal-drive kayak company Hobie Cat Co. was sold from one private equity group to another, consisting of executives from Detroit-based industrial...

Canoecopia Goes Virtual March 12-14

After having to cancel last year’s venerable Canoecopia consumer tradeshow in Madison, WI, due to the pandemic, organizer Darren Bush is planning a virtual...

Outdoor Retailer Shifts Summer Tradeshow to Aug 10-12

Outdoor Retailer announced this summer’s trade show will move from June to August 10-12, 2021 and remain at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver....

A Boating First: Kayakers Watch Live NHL Game at Lake Tahoe

Sure, kayakers and canoeists have floated in the bay outside San Francisco’s Candlestick Park to chase down home runs in Major League Baseball. But kayakers...

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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...
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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...

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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Kokatat Sold

After 50 years under the direction and ownership of its...

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

Ah, summer. The season for paddling, canoeing, paddleboarding, and...
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MTI Moves, Adds Staff, Outsources Shipping

The quick-thinking that comes from paddling paid off this spring for MTI Adventurewear owners Lili and Gordon Colby, who on March 31, at the peak of the PFD shipping season, found out they had only 60 days to move their business.

Nootica News: SUP Buying Tips for Summer

We always look forward to summer vacation, but this...