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Andrew Stern Departs Bending Branches/AquaBound

After almost 12 years with Osceola, Wisconsin, paddle-maker Branches/Aqua Bound, vice-president of marketing Andrew Stern is leaving his position to pursue a new opportunity and focus...

Calling a Spade a Spade: A Review of Spade’s New Bliss Kayak

By Luke Spencer, Clackamas River Outfitters Let's talk about Spade Kayak's 'Bliss'. But first, let's talk about Spade Kayaks. A relatively young manufacturer and lesser known...

Conflicting Reports: Helmet-makers Chime in on Recent Virginia Tech Helmet Study

A recent whitewater helmet comparison test from Virginia Tech University has drawn some attention from whitewater helmet manufacturers and distributors. Using its STAR rating...

Arena Group Acquires Digital Assets of Men’s Journal and Venture Network from A360 Media

As the print and digital magazine world turns. On Dec. 13, New York's The Arena Group, (NYSE American: AREN), a tech-powered media company home...

Mustang Survival President Jason Leggatt Resigns

Burnaby, BC's Mustang Survival President Jason Leggatt has resigned his position, according to the company. The announcement was made by Leggatt and Andrew Branagh, CEO of...

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 introduced a new offering called...

Outdoor Retailer Announces New Tradeshow Dates

OUTDOOR RETAILER ANNOUNCES WINTER PROGRAMMING TRANSFORMATION WITH NEW LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND NEW DATESNational event for outdoor and winter sports shifts to November 2023 from...

Extreme Kayaker, Big Mountain Skier Dean Cummings Acquitted of 2nd-degree Murder

Dean Cummings, a longtime Alaskan whitewater kayaker and founder of heli ski outfit Valdez H20 Heli Adventures in 1995, has been behind bars for...

As the Tradeshow World Turns: Big Gear Show Now Coming to Denver June 8-11

“Hasta luego, Utah, huuullooo Denver.” So says organizers of The Big Gear Show , which after three years in Park City, Utah, announced that...

New Kayak Shop Opens in Austin

Like a river reclaiming a riverbed, there’s a new kayak shop in Austin, Texas, opening just seven months after longtime Austin paddlesports retailer Austin...

Level Six Appoints Lotta Lettmann as European Marketing Manager

Ottawa , Canada - Level Six announced that Lotta Lettmann has joined the team as its new European Marketing Manager. Lettmann, the nice of...

YKK Develops Environmentally Friendly Water Repellent Zipper

YKK Corporation -- famed maker of zippers and other apparel ingredients -- says it has developed an environmentally friendly water repellent "AquaGuard NATULON" zipper....

Tales from the Cripps: Episode 5. When Pura Vida Goes Pear Shaped

5. When Pura Vida Goes Pear Shaped Take a ride on the pain train with a founding member of Durango's Narrow Escape Crew, Russ Gartner....

CKS Partner Post: Longboat Racing Tips from Chris Hipgrave

(By Jonny Ortiz/CKS): Longboat season is here, so CKS got a minute to chat with longboat legend Chris Hilgrave to share a few tips...

Level Six Celebrates Big 25!

Let’s just call that a lot of paddlewear. Canada’s Level Six celebrated its whopping 25th anniversary on October 8, officially launching its big bash at...

Tales from the Cripps: Episode 3. Tales from Honduras

Episode 3. Tales from Honduras Today, let’s travel through time and space to Central America in the 1990s. My guest spent several years exploring whitewater...

Sweet Protection Wanderer II and Rocker Top Renowned Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings

The Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab impact tests helmets to evaluate their ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a whitewater kayaker might experience.

Earth is Our Only Shareholder: Patagonia Changes Ownership

Patagonia, a longtime maker of paddling under- and outer layers and founded by avid paddler and climber Yvon Chouinard, is changing hands. Kicking off...

Athlete Story: Should I Run It?

By Melissa DeMarie There we were, standing on the boulder next to “the big one,” that rapid which had everyone ’s bellies full of butterflies....

Blast from the Past: Watch Pamela Anderson Paddle the S. Fork American on Baywatch!

Yes, our archivists have dug up that long-lost Season 3, Episode 1 clip of Baywatch in which Mitch takes a trip up to his...

“GourdSpeed”: Nebraska Man Sets World Record Paddling Pumpkin on Missouri River

Cinderella would be proud. Talk about a way to celebrate your 60th birthday. A Nebraska man has set a new world record by paddling an 846-pound...

Getting Wet in the Kokopelli Rogue Lite X

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Colorado-based Kokopelli has a slew of reasons topop the cork, including the launch of its first full Kevlar X-series packrafts, as well...

Paddlesports Booming: Big Gear Show Recap from Park City

 The Big Gear Show, the marquee tradeshow for cycling, paddlesports and outdoor gear, wrapped up in Park City, Utah, on August 2-3, hosting two...

2022 World Paddlesports Festival Set for Aug 26-29 in OKC 

Call it a Festivus for the Restivus. With the ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup and Stand Up Paddling World Cup relocated from Russia to Oklahoma City's Riversport...

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Win a HIGH WATER DUFFEL from MYSTERY RANCH

Win a waterproof duffel bag from Mystery Ranch. Their High Water Duffel can be configured as a duffel or...
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Say It Ain’t So: North Fork Champs Cancelled

One of extreme kayaking's most iconic events has thrown in the towel...and not just to help dry off its...

Behind the Scenes with the founders of GoRafting and Far Out River Maps

Hasta luego, soggy paper river maps and huhlooo a new digital app alternative with the FarOut App from GoRafting,...

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2022 World Paddlesports Festival Set for Aug 26-29 in OKC 

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Boating and Bears: PBS’s Expedition with Steve Backshall Tackles Kamchatka’s Kronotsky

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Arkansas Boaters Get New Play Park on Illinois River

Boaters in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and the North Fork Payette in Cascade Idaho, aren’t the only ones surfing up a storm on manmade waves. Arkansas paddlers are now also getting in on the action thanks to the new Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park on the Illinois River just downstream from the Fisher Ford Bridge.