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Bending Branches Appoints New Rev Growth/Innovation Director

Bending Branches, a manufacturer of high-quality canoe and kayak paddles under the brands Bending Branches and Aqua Bound, has announced the appointment of Mac Sandberg as...

Nepal Earthquake Postpones Great Karnali Quest 2023.

The recent devastating earthquake in Nepal that occurred November 3 has unfortunately forced the postponement of the this year's 248-km Great Karnali Quest 2023,...

Tales from the Cripps: Episode 16: Falling Down on the Jarbidge Bruneau

As David Olson put it, when running the Jarbidge Bruneau section, a series of remote canyons in southern Idaho, "we always thought, ... what...

Low-head Dam Removed on Colo.’s Arkansas, Improving Beginner Stretch

The Salida Town Run of the Arkansas from Stone Bridge to the whitewater park downtown just got a whole lot safer. The Colorado Sun...

Avid Paddler, Surfer, Skier Takes Helm of Canada’s MEC

Canadian outdoor gear (and paddlesports) dealer MEC has a new leader who's well-versed in all things outdoors, especially paddling. Mountain Equipment Co. has announced...

Meet the Godfather: A Tribute to Tom Johnson

Impressed with all the whitewater innovations you see out on the river today? Whether it's a paddle, kayak or even spray skirt, chances you...

New Product Alert: AquaBounds Unveils New Aerial Whitewater Paddle Line

There’s a new whitewater paddle player in town. This fall, Aqua Bound debuted its new Aerial Paddles, engineered for performance in whitewater—a category first...

A Weekend with Isle: Testing the Latest SUPs, Hybrids and More in Mission Bay

When the first frost hit the mountains of Colorado, Paddling Life took advantage of an offer from Isle and Purple/Orange PR to head to...

Raft College?

College students rejoice! There's a new program that gives university students the foundation of knowledge and experience required to pursue river-related careers. The River Management Society...

Whitewater Park Builder Scott Shipley Merges S20 Design with Calibre Engineering

Like rivers merging to optimize their power heading downstream, Lyons, Colo. whitewater park design firm S2O Design & Engineering, headed by three-time Olympian Scott...

NRS, Pyranha Form Strategic Partnership: Combine Sales, Marketing in Europe

Northwest River Supplies(NRS), a leading supplier of equipment and apparel for water recreation, safety and rescue, has announced a strategic partnership with kayak manufacturer Pyranha to...

Dick’s Closing Moosejaw Stores

Paddlesports consumers are losing another brick-and-mortar chain where they used to be able to buy boats and other gear with Dick’s Sporting Goods recently...

Missing Kayaker Arrested in Georgia After Faking His Own Death By Drowning

Kayaking made the headlines in Georgia recently, but not for the usual reasons. According to a press release issued by St. Charles Parish Sherif's Office,...

Jackson Kayaks Brand Manager Jameson Redding Leaves Role

 Jackson Kayak announced that longtime brand manager Jameson Redding will be leaving his role as Brand Manager for the company’s kayak fishing line to take...

Chums Celebrates 40th

Chalk it up to another idea born on the river by a guide looking to make things better and easier. Yep, thanks to a...

What Country’s Top in Kayak Cross? The Same that Punches Holes in its Cheese

Yep, the same country that punches holes in its cheese is tops in the world when it comes to punching holes in churning whitewater...

Midwest Mountaineering Closing Doors

After more than 50 years, iconic Minneapolis paddlesports and outdoors retailer Midwest Mountaineering announced it is closing its doors. According to the Minnesota Star Tribune,...

The Great Tow Tether Debate

The Great Tow Tether / Cow Tail Debate Yes, this debate was just brought up again by Abe Herrera and Kevin Cripps in the podcast,...

Nantahala Outdoor Center Wrapping Up its 50th Year of Instruction and Innovation

Just one year after opening, in 1973, the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) held its first ever whitewater rafting clinic, taking more than 70 participants...

New River Read: “Threading a Kayak Down the Mississippi”

In 2005, Dennis Van Norman climbed into a kayak for the first time to spend an afternoon “Huck Finning” down the Mississippi River with...

Paddle Camping in Style: Tune Outdoor Unveils New Truck Canopy Camper

Paddlers have always employed whatever it takes to crash near their favorite waterway, from sleeping on the dirt and on friends' couches to cramming...

Johnson Outdoors Third Quarter Results: Water Recreation Down 28%

RACINE, Wisc., Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technology, announced lower sales and increased net income for...

Appalicious: NRS, AW Launch PaddleWays: First-Ever Navigation App for Paddlers

Find it, plan it, paddle it…that’s the motto from NRS and its new PaddleWays app, the first-ever navigation app built specifically for paddlers as...

Big Boy Boats? A Case for Soul Waterman’s Bigfoot (Q&A w/ Corran Addison)

Big Boy Boats? A Designer at a Loss? The BigFoot by Soul Waterman (an interview with Corran Addison) Soul Waterman founder Corran Addison is one...

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New Guidebook Release: Paddling the Salish Sea

In Paddling the Salish Sea, professional kayaker and SUP instructor Rob Casey guides paddlers to the quiet inlets of...
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River Management Society Announces 2024 River Studies and Leadership Certificate Recipients

The River Management Society (RMS) has announced 2024 recipients of the River Studies and Leadership Certificate, a program offered...

Paddle the Nation’s Driest State with New National Rivers Project Resources

Planning a river trip to America’s driest state has never been easier. The National Rivers Project (NRP) website, a...

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Rig Like a Pro with Down River Equipment

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NRS Expands Fishing Raft Lineup

Fisherpeople rejoice. Northwest River Supplies (NRS), has expanded its...
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