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Announcing the Inaugural Great Russian River Race, May 7 2011

Northern California, specifically Sonoma and Mendocino counties, have been known in the last 50 years primarily as a solid wine making region. What you may not know is that on the weekends many of those wine makers put down the wine glass and pick up a paddle. And they all head to the waterway that gives life to their valley: The (Great) Russian River...

2009 Junior World Freestyle Kayak Champion Jason Craig Injures Spine Running Waterfall, Continues to Heal. Plus: How You Can Help

On March 20, the paddling world was shocked to learn that 2009 Junior World Freestyle Kayak Champion Jason Craig, 17, suffered a severe spine injury after hitting a rock at the base of a 25-foot waterfall on Dry Creek near Marysville, Calif. The efforts of his kayaking friends saved him...

AIRE Announces Video Contest for 2011.

Right now there is an AIRE kayak stored in a garage or a canoe waiting in a barn that come August will be featured in the winning entry for the AIRE Video Contest for 2011...

Two Women About to Make Paddling History

Traveling by canoe from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Canada’s Hudson bay is a more than 2,000 mile journey. In 1930 Eric Sevareid and Walter Port made such a trip; later Sevareid would write a book Canoeing with the Cree (1935) chronicling the adventure. In 2005 two young men from St. Cloud followed in Sevareids’ wake to mark the 75th anniversary of the original. Now, two young women plan to leave their own mark on this historic route...

Confluence Adds Sales Staff

Confluence Watersports has expanded its sales team as part of an organizational restructuring of the sales division...

Paddling Community Mourns Loss of Canadian Canoe Museum Founder Kirk Wipper

The Canadian canoe community lost one of its most ardent supporters March 18 with the death of Canadian Canoe Museum founder Kirk A.W. Wipper, who died at age 87...

Colbys Purchase MTI Adventurewear

After managing MTI Adventurewear for the Takashina family for nearly a decade, paddlesport industry veterans Lili and Gordon Colby purchased the company from them in February...

Putting Its Money Where Our River Mouths Are

Buy shoes, save rivers. That’s the message from Teva, which is putting its money where our rivers’ mouths are with the launch of its "Pair for a Foot" campaign on World Water Day (March 22), an initiative estimated to help protect over four million linear feet of global waterways this year alone...

Damming More Than a River, A Lifestyle

As the Ugandan government dams sections of the White Nile River, the villages that depend on the river seem destined to suffer a similar fate. PL guest correspondent Errik Hill was there to run the Silverback section of the river on it's final day. This is his report...

Rally HO!: The National River Rally set for Charleston SC June 3-6

For more than a decade The River Network has been holding the National River Rally to bring together activist from across the country (and planet). This year the rally is being held June 3-6 in Charleston South Carolina. Read on to learn about the weekend, the speakers, and of course– preserving our rivers…

Mark Kalch’s

We’ve climbed Mt. Everest. We’ve put a man on the moon. But nobody has ever attempted to make human powered descents of the longest rivers on each continent. Enter Mark Kalch and his “7 Rivers 7 Continents” project. Read more...

Looking Back Upstream: Eight Clean Water Success Stories from 2010

With record snowfalls in the books already the river rats here at PL become feverish when thinking about the inevitable melts that come with the onset of spring. A few sunny days at the end of February only add to the anxiety. With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a look back and highlight the River Network’s Clean Water success stories from 2010…

28th National Paddling Film Festival Wraps Up Feb. 25-26

Oscars, Schmoscars. This year marked the 28th birthday for the National Paddling Film Festival, which this go-around took over the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort Kentucky February 25-26. The festival is a showcase and competition for the best in paddlesports videos and images, with 25 clams getting show-goers in the door and a beer...

Para-Canoeing added to roster for 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

When the Internation Paralympic Committee (IPC) met in Guangzhou, China last December they voted to usher in a new era in paralympic competition. Two more sports will be represented at the 2016 Summer Games: Para-Triathlon and Para-canoeing. 22 total sports are now represented at the Summer Paralympic games, but it could’ve been more…

Fluid Kayaks Donates 25K In Memory of Coetzee

On December 7th Hendri Coetzee was tragically killed in a crocodile attack on the Lukuga river in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fluid Kayaks has stepped forward with a twenty-five thousand dollar donation to non-profit American Whitewater made in Hendri’s memory…

Wave Sport Designer Robert Peerson Joins Pyranha

Whitewater kayak manufacturer Pyranha has announced that former wave Sport kayak designer Robert Peerson will be joining their design team.

Zoar Outdoor Walks to Work, Drops 880 lbs!

Zoar Outdoor has been “The Northeast’s Leader in Outdoor Adventure” since 1989. More recently however, Zoar has been applauded for becoming a leader in the green movement as well...

One More Time Around: Circumnavigating Australia

Stuart Trueman is hoping the third time is also a charm. Caffyn was 1st in 1983, then 27 years later Hoffmeister did it 2010. Now the Kokotat outfitted Trueman has decided it shouldn’t take another 27 before the continent of Australia is circumnavigated by kayak...

Emotion Kayaks Expands Internal Team

Emotion Kayaks, manufacturer of exceptional recreational kayaks and accessories, announced four new hires to keep up with its skyrocketing growth...

Crossing the Pond: A. Doba attempts solo transatlantic kayak crossing

Nobody ever said that crossing the Atlantic by boat was easy. It took the Mayflower just over 66 days to complete that historic voyage. So when Aleksansder Doba set off October 21 to try and paddle 3,300-km across the Atlantic, he estimated the solo voyage would take him three months to complete...

Jackson Gets All Techy

If we can't keep up with the Jackson clan surfing, how the check are we supposed to now while surfing the web? Yep...his EJness is getting all techy on that front, too, becoming the first kayak manufacturer to launch an iPhone application as part of its social outreach efforts...

Confluence Buys Bomber Gear

Kayak surfers in Steamboat Springs, Colo., might have a little more time on their downtown play waves now. Bomber Gear founder Rick Franken and his 8-year-old son, Kai, won’t be surfing them at all hours anymore, as the paddlesports apparel company was recently sold to Confluence Watersports...

PL Exclusive Q&A with USACK ED Joe Jacobi

When Joe Jacobi won the gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with C-2 partner Scott Strausbaugh, it ushered in a new era fro slalom paddling in the U.S. Twice the stop-gap when USACK’s executive directors have stepped down – the first after Terry Kent left in 2000, and again last year after David Yarborough left office – now he’s made the move from interim to full-time executive director of the sport’s governing body and is reaching for gold yet again. PL catches up with him to see how he’s getting the organization stroking in the right direction...

AIRE Cougar On The Prowl Again

While most cougars are known to prowl ski resorts, don’t be surprised if they start showing up a little closer to the river next season. AIRE watercrafts is bringing back their classic cataraft from the brink of extinction and reintroducing them into the wild...

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COVID, Schmovid: Dane Jackson, Great Britain’s Robinson-Shaw Take World Freestyle Kayak Crowns

Even COVID-19 couldn’t keep kayak phenom Dane Jackson from winning his fourth World Freestyle Kayak Championship. https://youtu.be/ybE4nlHrEsk?t=5868 British freestyle paddler Ottilie Robinson-Shaw completed...
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Paddling Scotland’s Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail 

By Corey Buhay “Hiya, where you goin’ thar?” a man shouted from the shore. I looked up from my paddling...

Break Out the Popcorn: HBO/TGR “Edge of the Earth” Series Debuts

Get ready to be on the edge of your seat for "Edge of the Earth," a new HBO and...

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