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US Freestyle Kayak and Adventure Sports Center to Host Nationals

Freestylers to Compete for National Honors at New Recirculating Whitewater Course Event Set to Re-energize a Young Sport as it Reaches for...

Pyranha’s Graham Mackereth

Graham Mackereth has always been ahead of the curve. The Pyranha founder developed one of the early plastic kayaks – the Freestyle – and was one of the first boat manufacturers to sponsor a major river expedition – Nepal’s Dudh Kosi (1976). He’s watched kayaking go from fiberglass to plastic, and from 12 feet to six.

Fluid to Continue US Distribution

FLUID KAYAKS TAKES OVER DISTRIBUTION IN THE USA All activities relating to Fluid Kayaks in the USA will be handled by the head office in...

Thule to Recognize its Ultimate Dealers at OR

August 3, 2007; Seymour, CT- Thule is introducing the Ultimate Thule Dealer program that recognizes dealers that “go beyond the borders”, and provide consumers...

Fluid, U.S. Distributor Part Ways

Effective immediately, Go Big Distribution will no longer distribute Fluid Kayaks in the U.S. market. Due to increased financial difficulties and production issues, Fluid Kayaks...

Confluence Restructures Sales Team

Easley, SC, July 30, 2007- Confluence Watersports announces the restructuring of its sales organization. The new structure features four regional sales managers who...

Industry Buzz: OR Demo Day Moved

Open Air Demo's Location Has Changed! OR’s Open Air Demo to move location due to poor conditions at Willard Bay State Park. Due to...

Esquif Reintroduces Spanish Fly and Prelude

Frampton, Quebec – July 26, 2007 At the Summer Market Open Air Demo in Salt Lake City next month (August 9-11) Esquif Canoes will...

Confluence Adds to Team

Boat Company Grows Management and Expands Customer Service Easley, SC, July 24, 2007- In a step to bolster its production, quality, and customer service...

Dan Gavere Leaves AT for Werner

Werner Paddles hires Dan Gavere as Southwest/Rockies Rep and Outrigger-Stand Up Surf Rep Werner Paddles is thrilled to announce effective August 1, Dan Gavere will...

Industry Buzz: Yakima Names 3 New Key Execs

Supporting the strong business momentum of 2007, Yakima Products, Inc., an innovator in vehicle rack solutions for boats, bikes, winter sports gear, and...

Industry Buzz: Johnson Outdoors, Confluence Reach Settlement

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq: JOUT), a global leader in innovative outdoor recreational products, today announced the Company has reached a settlement agreement with Confluence Holdings Corp. that will end a long-standing intellectual property dispute between the two companies.

Industry Buzz: Kelty Sylvan Sport Team Up

Kelty is proud to announce a recent partnership deal with mobile adventure gear manufacturer SylvanSport to head up the tent segment design and construction efforts for SylvanSport’s highly innovative, ultra-light camping trailer and gear hauler.

U.S. National Whitewater Center Earns Olympic Training Site Status

Charlotte, N.C.'s U.S. National Whitewater Center was named an official Olympic Training Site by the U.S. Olympic Committee, with USA Canoe and Kayak also designated the site as the Official Home of its senior national team.

Thule Acquires Case Logic

Thule acquires Case Logic Inc. a global leading supplier of storage and organization solutions Malmö, April 30, 2007 - Thule AB, the world leader in...

Old Town Canoe Rerstores Warehousing to Old Town, ME

Old Town Canoe firm returning to its roots By Aimee Dolloff Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - Bangor Daily News OLD TOWN - Old Town Canoe, a landmark...

Legacy Announces New Sales Rep Program

New rep force to handle Heritage, Native and Liquidlogic brands

Yakima Announces New

YAKIMA LAUNCHES “PLANET PAYBACK,” 100% CARBON NEUTRAL INITIATIVE BEAVERTON, Ore. (March 8, 2007) – Yakima, an innovator in vehicle rack solutions for boats, bikes,...

Whitewater Courses & Parks Conference Slated for April 18-20

Whitewater Courses and Parks Conference 2007 to Showcase Increasingly Diverse Projects and Address Evolving Issues (Springfield, VA) – The second international conference on the development...

American River Deal Signed

More paddling life comes to California as AW helps secure Chili Bar flows...

Woolsey Joins PIA Board

Industry veteran to help oversee marketing, events

First Legal Descent of Upper Chattooga In 30 Years

January 5th and 6th of 2007 marked the first legal descent of the upper Wild and Scenic Chattooga River in over 30 years. A team of kayakers and canoeists took two days to explore the river, traversing countless rapids and small waterfalls as they traveled through a remote and beautiful valley.

Holy Alphabet Soup…PPA Now PIA

We have TAPS, OIA, USCA, ACA, AO, USACK and now PPA is adding to the alphabet soup of paddlesports acronyms by changing to PIA. Still, it's a step in the right direction toward one indsutry for all... (If anyone can spell a paddling-related work out of all the above, send it in and we'll send you a free dry bag)

Paddling Life IndustryNews!

Paddling Life Industry News Hyside Celebrates 25th Anniversary Hip, hip hooray for Hyside. Under the directorship of long-time owner Dick Dechant, Hyside Inflatables is celebrating its...

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RMR Rafts Celebrates 10th Anniversary

While 10 years isn’t much in the lifespan of a river, it certainly is in the raft industry, with...
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Foiled Again: Chris Bertish Plans to Solo Wing Foil 2,750 Miles Across the Pacific

Watesports athlete Chris Bertish is at it again. In a venture dubbed the TransPac Wing Project, he plans to...

Pelican International Acquires Advanced Elements

Now you can add a high-end inflatable IK line to Pelican International’s growing paddlesports portfolio. Just two years after acquiring...

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