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Paddling World Mourns Loss of Shredder Inventor Tom Love

The world of R2ing will never be the same. Tom Love, the inventor of the beloved Shredder inflatable made by Airtight Inflatables, died on June...

Brad Taylor Joins Jackson Adventures as VP of Sales

Brad Taylor is welcomed this week by Jackson Adventures as the company's new Vice President of Sales. Brad brings 25+ years of experience in...

Three-time Paralympian Angela Madsen Dies on Pacific Rowing Crossing

Angela Madsen, a three-time Paralympian and Marine veteran who aimed to be the first paraplegic and oldest woman to row the Pacific Ocean, was...

A Packraft for All Occasions

Packrafts are taking the paddling world by storm… ...for good reason. They’re stable, maneuverable and tough, and light enough (some weighing under 5 lbs.) to...

New Wave of the Future: Virtual Racing? ICF, Yukon River Quest Host Cyber Events

Talk about a virtual wake. The first week of the International Canoe Federation’s 5-kilometer virtual paddle challenge has come to an end, attracting competitors from...

Coronavirus Cancellation Update: The Big Gear Show Postpones to 2021, Offers Full Refunds

What was supposed to replace the annual Paddlesports Retailer Show held for the past three years in Oklahoma City, the new Big Gear Show,...

Paddlers Help Set Guinness Record for Largest Underwater Clean-Up

We're always proud to see paddle sports being used to do good by the world, but this time paddlers from the nonprofit surf and...

Paddlers Weigh in on Olympic Postponement

While there is certainly frustration with the postponement of the Olympic Games, athletes agree that everyone needs to have the same opportunity to prepare and train for...

ACA names Rok Sribar as GM, High-Performance Programs

The ACA is proud to welcome Rok Sribar as the new General Manager of High-Performance Programs. In this role, Rok will be responsible for...

Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games To Be Held July/Aug 2021

After announcing their postponement, the IOC and Japanese organizers said the Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 2021, while the...

Outdoor Retailer Cancels 2020 Summer Market

Likening it to a ski slope that's not safe, or even a rapid that's not fit to run, Outdoor Retailer has cancelled its heralded...

S2O Design Drops New “Whitewater Park Toolkit”

Want to get a whitewater park built in your community, like so many others are doing around the country? (Salida, Buena Vista, Eagle, Glenwood...

Chaco Footwear Pivots Operations to Sew and Donate Protective Masks

COVID-19 has put some helplessly stagnant, and others on complete overdrive. We're proud to see some of our beloved outdoor companies, such as Chaco...

Olympic Update: Olympics Postponed (as well as US Olympic Team Trials)

In breaking news, USA today reports that the 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed by one year because of coronavirus. The news comes just...

Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Dinosaur Closed to River Running

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the southwestern United States, the following is an update on closures and restrictions throughout the...

Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation Announces New Name: Riversport Foundation

The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has announced a name change and new logo for the nonprofit organization. Effective earlier this month, the Foundation will...

Hyside Sells, Headquarters Moves to Utah

Hyside, a longtime maker of inflatable rafts and IKs, has sold after 38 years The new owner, John Seiner, moving the operation to Layton, Utah. “It’s...

Coronavirus Cancels Canoecopia

Canoecopia has become the first major paddlesports gathering to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Organizers announced the cancellation of the long-running consumer tradeshow...

PL Special Book Excerpt: Amazon Woman

Facing Fears, Chasing Dreams, and a Quest to Kayak the World's Largest River from Source to Sea By Darcy Gaechter An extraordinary and inspiring chronicle of...

Kokatat Expands Cali Operations

Kokatat, a manufacturer of high-performance paddling gear and protective garments for government and military customers, is expanding its manufacturing and warehouse facilities at its...

Confluence By Zak Podmore

In river writer Zak Podmore’s new book “Confluence: Navigating the personal and political on rivers of the new West,” Edward Abbey meets John Muir...

ICF Mourns Passing of Otto Bonn, Tireless Servant of Canoeing

Otto Bonn, who devoted more than half his life to his beloved sport of canoeing, including almost 50 years working for the International Canoe...

Big Gear Show Announces Retailer Lodging Incentive 

If you're a retailer looking to attend this year's new Big Gear Show, your lodging options just got better. The show, the outdoor-industry’s new...

David Hadden Joins Esquif Canoes

Frampton, Quebec’s Esquif Canoes has announced that David Hadden will join the company in the newly-created role of Director of Business Development. “David has been...

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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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Confluence Outdoors Gets New CEO: Sue Rechner Steps Down

The world's biggest paddlesports company, Confluence Outdoors, has had a passing of the torch, with new CEO Richard Krause taking the reins from longtime CEO Sue Rechner...