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Kayaker Ben Stookesberry Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Expedition kayaker, Ben Stookesberry is fast becoming one of the most recognized individuals in paddle-sports. Unlike some extreme sports athletes, he doesn’t sport a mohawk or have any facial piercings. So, you might not notice this unassuming man if he passed you on the street. The type of recognition that Ben Stookesberry is receiving as of late is the much more impressive type...

Filmaker and Class V Kayaker, Brook Aitken on filming

Oscar winning documentary “The Cove” has been making waves in the film world since its premier at the Sundance Film Festival last January. The film, which has brought the plight of dolphin hunts to the forefront of environmental activism, was filmed “guerrilla-style” without permission of the Japanese government. PL sat down with a pivotal member of the renegade film crew, Class V Kayaker and film-maker Brook Aitken for a dose of what it was like on set…

$10 Million Devon Boathouse opens in Oklahoma City

It may sound strange, but Oklahoma City is fast becoming the epicenter for collegiate and Olympic training for rowers in the United States. The Oklahoma Regatta Festival just wrapped over the weekend and PL checks in to see just what makes this a go-to destination for aspiring paddle-sports athletes...

Fluid Kayak Reveals

From the banks of the Vaal River in South Africa, Fluid Kayaks has been raising the bar in paddle-sports equipment since 2002. Though originally known for whitewater kayaks, their latest offering proves they like to ride those other waves, as well. PL takes a look at Fluid's newest ocean kayak...

Czechs, Brazilians dominate Pre-Worlds in Costa Rica

Four days in October with global implications. No, it's not a political crisis, just the International Rafting Federation Pre-World competition in Costa Rica. Keep reading for the PL lowdown...

This ain’t your daddy’s special edition Explorer.

Mad River Canoe is partnering with Eddie Bauer to celebrate the Seattle company's longevity with a special edition Mad River Explorer 16 Kevlar canoe...

Necky and Ocean Kayaks Support the Breast Cancer Fund

As part of their commitment to eradicate breast cancer, Necky Kayaks and Ocean Kayak are donating one percent of the gross sales from their women’s specific kayaks to the Breast Cancer Fund, the leading national organization working to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of the disease...

A Couple of Beers Can Go A Long Way to Save the Colorado River

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference drinking a couple of beers. Earlier this summer PL reported that the New Belgium Brewing Company in Ft. Collins was spearheading an effort to restore the Colorado River after being named one of the “Most Endangered Rivers in America”. Now all those brewskies enjoyed after a full day of paddling have come to fruition...

Ka-CHING Redux: Danny Ching Makes it a Clean Sweep in California

It seems that wherever there is a Battle for the Paddle, Danny Ching emerges victorious. In June Ching won both the SUP 10-mile distance race and 5-mile elite race in Waikiki, HI. Now back in his home state of California Ching made it a clean sweep. This past Sunday Ching once again won both the SUP10 mile and 5 mile contests…

Canoe & Kayak Magazine 2010 Reader’s Choice Results

Canoe and Kayak magazine has set message boards across the paddling industry on fire with their first ever Reader’s Choice Awards. Although the full results aren't available just yet, PL has a sneak preview just for our readers...

Babushkas, Borscht, and…BOATS!?!?!

Ah Slovenia, land of babushkas, borscht, and…boats. That’s right, boats. Lots of ‘em. Most of the western world wouldn’t consider the former Soviet Republic a hotbed of paddling action. However, here in the PL office we know better. The 2010 edition of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships just wrapped up from the Tacen Whitewater Course on the Sava River, keep reading for highlights of all the action and results…

The 2010 Whitewater Symposium prepares for

The Nantahala Outdoor Center in western North Carolina is hosting the 2010 White Water Symposium this October 8-10. The WWS is excited about the new format of the symposium, calling it the “Next Rapid Evolution” in the annual gathering of the best and brightest in the paddling industry. New this year are 3 “tracks” of conversation. The business track, development track, and paddler tracks will each feature leaders in the respective fields.

Shimoda to Head River Management Society

The River Management Society has a good guide steering it to the future. Its Board of Directors recently hired Risa Shimoda as its new Executive Director beginning October 1, 2010...

Wilderness Systems Gets C&K’s Boat Brand of Year Award

For the second year in a row, Wilderness Systems was awarded “Boat Brand of the Year” at the annual Canoe & Kayak Paddlesports Industry Awards, which took place at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010.

2010 International Whitewater Hall Of Fame Class Span a Century of Dedication to River-sports

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) Board of Governors has announced its 2010 Inductees. The eldest of this year’s class was born 100 years ago and the five individual hail from as many nations. A celebration of these individuals' contribution will be held at the 2010 IWHOF Induction Ceremony on September 25, 2010 outside of Washington, DC at the Bretton Woods Recreation Center...

Giving kids an Edge in Colorado

Downstream Edge founded in By Nick Wigston is a program in Colorado developed to give kids and adults lessons on kayaking and river safety.Summer camps are important to help kids learn to kayak, but they are few and far between.

Kokotat Teams Up With Bryan Ward To Sponsor The Kamchatka Project

Bryan Smith will lead an expedition of six Whitewater Kayakers as they explore the Siberian mountain landscapes of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula in an effort to raise public awareness of the complex relationships between the place, its people and its fisheries.

Confluence Watersports Promotes Lila Thomas To Sales & Marketing Leader

Confluence Watersports has hired Lila Thomas to lead the sales and marketing efforts for the company's accessories division. Lila will be responsible for enhancing brand awareness and increasing sales for Adventure Technology (AT paddles) and Harmony paddling accessories.

Push To Protect Iconic Chesapeake Bay Launched

The Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams - the cradle of American democracy, the nation's largest estuary, and one of the most popular fishing, camping and hunting destinations in the U.S. - is the focus of a major new online campaign, "Restoring our Waters," that aims to ensure Congressional support comparable to that already in place for other major American bodies of water.

No Longer Treading Water: Paddlesports Sales Are Up and Making Waves

Paddlesport retail sales were up about 19% from April 2009, showing promise for the 2010 paddle season. Growth came from all three store channels and every major product category in April.

Kanumesse Trade Show Defers to Dealers: Dates Moved To Oct 5-7

Kanumesse, the European paddle-sports only trade show held in Germany's Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, moved its show from early September to Oct. 5-7 after small paddle-sports dealers objected to the original dates.

Teva Time: Urban, Jackson Win Freestyle; Dawson, Faux Downriver

While high water forced the cencellation of Sunday's whitewater events at the Teva Mtn. Games, Saturday went off without a hitch, with the melt-off spelling flushy conditions for freestyle and fast times for downriver kayak.

Zoar Outdoor Gets Classy!

Zoar Outdoor has been selected as a "Best of New England/Editor's Choice" in Yankee Magazine's annual Travel Guide issue. Zoar Outdoor's Deerfield Valley Canopy Tour was selected as the best place to "Soar" under Massachusetts Attractions.

Planet Canoe 2010 Edition Is All Wet….It’s A Good Thing

Sure, the weather is warming, the snow is melting, and the rivers are just about perfectly primed for paddling. It’s hard to think about anything other than getting out and getting wet. However, nobody spends 24 hours a day canoeing. (Though some have tried.) When it’s time to relax put down the paddle and pick up the 2010 edition of the ICF’s official magazine Planet Canoe. It’s out now and it’s chock-full of all things canoe related.

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