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Living the Best Day Ever (by Hendri Coetzee)

Now that COVID-19 has given everyone a little more indoor time on their hands, what better way to spend it —especially as Old Man...

Small World Adventures Cancels Ecuador Season Due to Pandemic

Now it’s getting personal for paddlers. Due to the global pandemic Small World Adventures is cancelling its Ecuador season of whitewater kayaking. In a letter to...

New Wild and Scenic Rivers Bill Introduced for Montana

Forget Kevin Costner and his new watch-me-cowboy "Yellowstone" series. There's bigger news for Montana: the state might soon be getting more Wild & Scenic...

Nouria Newman Makes a Case for Saving Italy’s Sorba

(By Nouria Newman, extreme kayaker, 2013-Vice-World Cup Slalom Champion/Team World Champion 2014; Read bio HERE) If you are not from the Old Continent, chances are...

Meet Bodie Hilleke: The Youngest Kayaker to Paddle the Grand

It figures that it’s Tommy and Polly Hilleke’s son. Both kayaking icons in their day — Tommy a longtime extreme kayaker and perennial winner of...

Gauley During COVID: A Personal Account

Essay By Darcy Gaechter It didn't feel like there was a global pandemic raging as we pulled into the Tail Waters launch site -- the...

Western Fires Hit Home for Paddlers: Case Study: Sam Drevo

World-class kayaker Sam Drevo had all records of his paddling exploits, from slides to medals, go up in flames. Gone in a flash. That sums...

“He Could Sell Shit to a Cow:” Watch Tribute Video to Martin Litton

Some say he rowed with an angel on his shoulder. But renowned conservationist and dory aficionado Martin Litton was the angel on the shoulder of...

Inside the Jackson Antix 2.0: An On-water Report from Demshitz’s Jesse Shimrock

What’s the latest antics with the new Jackson Antix 2.0? Plenty, especially when you get the lowdown from freestyle kayaker and Demshitz crew member Jesse Shimrock,...

Catching Up with AIRE Co-founder Alan Hamilton

What better place to run into one of Idaho’s, and the rafting industry’s, most passionate, productive and accomplished players than the banks of Idaho’s...

Virtual Paddlesports Bingo! It’s Not What You Think

What were some of the top (if there is such a thing) minds in paddlesports media doing on a collective zoom call mid-September, when...

Supalicious: 5 Top Inflatable SUPs for Every Occasion

Class III rapids? SUP it. Waves? Those, too. Lake? SUP that also, giving you a view of the fish below. From grandma to Kai...

Jackson Kayak Names Jameson Redding New Fishing Development Lead

Jackson Kayak has opened the door with a glimpse at the next stage in their fishing program with the announcement of Jameson Redding as...

Paddlesport Sales Skyrocket 56 Percent in June

While paddlesports sales were treading water at best prior to COVID-19, the pandemic has put them back on the path to prosperity, with sales...

Mustang Survival Merges with MTI Adventurewear in PFD Market Breaking News

Burnaby, BC’s Mustang Survival has merged with Massachusetts-based PFD-maker MTI Adventurewear, creating a burgeoning force in the lifejacket market. Mustang’s parent company, California-based WING Group,...

National Rivers Project Details Info on Wild & Scenic Rivers

Want to paddle a Wild & Scenic or other picturesque river? It just got a whole lot easier. Put out by the River Management Society,...

Grizzly Creek Fire Hits Rafters on Colorado River

Things heated up for rafters on Colorado’s Shoshone Canyon section of the Colorado River when a fire broke out near Grizzly Creek, forcing commercial...

SUP Clears Major Olympic Hurdle; Governance Awarded to ISA

Supping as an Olympic sport, anyone? The sup world’s road to the Olympics got a boost recently with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)...

Duh, Why Didn’t I Think of That? Witness the AIRE “Cataroller”

You might not find them on AIRE’s website or your typical REI catalog, but if you’re an avid catarafter looking for a leg up...

Wave Sport Founder Chan Zwanzig Dies

Wave Sport founder Chan Zwanzig passed away the morning of July 24 after a long battle with cancer and other ailments, leaving the whitewater...

Back to China for 2021 IRF World Rafting Champs

IRF World Rafting Champs 2021 and 2022 Dates/Locations Announced Following the postponement of the International Rafting Federation's 2020 World Rafting Championship (WRC), the IRF has...

Author Joe Booth Hosts RESILIENCE – Using Lessons from the River to Cope with Addiction (July 28, 5:30 pm)

One-hour Live Stream event to raise funds for American Whitewater, First Descents, and Team River Runner (RESILIENCE: July 28, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PST) For longtime paddling...

American Whitewater Accident Summary from January to June 2020

Stay safe out there, folks. You don't want to become part of AW Accident Database Manager Charlie Walbridge's semi-annual Accident Report, as highlighted below: Report from...
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Costa Rica is Navigating Rough Waters with Coronavirus and Tourism

COVID-19 has turned the world of eco tourism upside down. We’re all Paddling a First Descent. Watch this video on Costa Rica rafting operator Rios...

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Teva Launches First TevaForever Recycling Program

In 1984, Teva created the world’s first sport sandal on the banks of the Grand Canyon, and spurred a...

Op Ed: NRS Marketing Director Mark Deming on Lower Snake River Dam Removal

Paddling Life checked in with NRS Marketing Director Mark Deming as he shares his thoughts on the restoration of...

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Rafting Community Loses a Legend with the Passing of Rafael Gallo

The international rafting community lost one of its biggest...

Hobie Sold; PL Catches Up with New Chairman Taso Sofikitis

On Jan. 25, pedal-drive kayak company Hobie Cat Co....
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