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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.

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.

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.

Teva Commits $100K Toward Gulf Clean-up

Teva is assisting in the Gulf Of Mexico clean-up through a commitment of $100,000 through long-term partner, Waterkeeper Alliance....

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.

The Bamba: Fluid Kayak’s New Fishing Kayak

Kayakers might soon be catching a whole lot more fish, thanks to a few Kiwis. After months of R&D, New Zealand's Fluid Kayaks has placed their dedicated fishing kayak into full production: La Bamba!

Teva Paddles All Forward with National Whitewater Raft Team

Teva, the iconic adventure brand founded by a grand canyon river guide, is pleased to announce its partnership with the U.S. Men's and Women's National Whitewater Raft Teams. Teva will be the title sponsor of both teams and the paddlers will play a critical role in Teva's ongoing technical product testing and development as official Teva Life Agents.

Steve Jordan Leaves Legacy; Becomes New Prez of Hurricane

Steve Jordan will leave Legacy Paddlesports effective April 16th, 2010 to become the President of Hurricane Kayaks.

Progression: thy name is big waves

The progression of freestyle kayaking is taking place on big waves!

Zoar Goes Paperless

Like long whitewater boats, print catalogs are going the way of the dodo. That’s what Charlemont, Mass.’s Zoar Outdoor has discovered, with its recent move to abandon its long-running print catalog in favor of listing its services online.

Hasta Luego, West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium

After a more than 25-year run, the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium is no more. In another sign of the economic times, and beleaguered trade association picture, the Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS) recently announced the cancellation of the marquee West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, held annually in September in Port Townsend, Wash.

Computers by Kayak

Kayaks have been used to deliver a lot of things. Whales come to mind, as do fish. Computers don’t usually top the list. But that’s what Richard Smith -- a former elite special-forces officer from Scotland’s Royal Marines, now turned IT manager for Oracle -- did on his Northern Lights Expedition to Greenland this summer. As part of his missive to raise awareness about global warming, he used his sea kayak to deliver laptop computers to Inuit children.

New Belgium’s Skinny Dip for a Cause

Sure, paddlers know how to network on forums. But they can also do so for a cause.

OIA Endorses Summer OR Date Change to Facilitate Paddlesports

Canoe & Kayak magazine publisher Jim Marsh might have ruffled some feathers when he announced at Summer OR that the magazine was hosting its own paddlesports show. But in the long run, it got the industry to come together, and OIA to react to the needs of paddlesports, with the result being new dates for the summer show and other concessions for paddlesports...

Industry Vets Buy Lincoln Canoe

Who says the canoe industry is down? Certainly not a group of paddlesports and outdoor industry veterans who recently purchased Lincoln Canoe & Kayak, breathing new life into a 50-year-old flagship paddling brand...

A Visit to the Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow

Flip-a-cup, dodgeball, special water releases, impromptu Town Hall meeetings and stomach-bloating vats of 3.2 beer sum up this year's Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City. A PL report from the field...

Hardy Releases Paddling Colorado

Beginning and intermediate paddlers in the Rockies just got a bow rescue in the form of Paddling Colorado – A Beginner/Intermediate Guide to the Best Paddling Routes. Written by expedition kayaker and long-time instructor Dunbar Hardy, the guide features 120+ paddling routes from lakes to Class I-III+ whitewater for kayakers, rafters and canoeists. PL checks in with the author...

Pulliam Joins Jackson Kayak

Joe Pulliam, the man who has spent more time behind the helm of major whitewater kayak manufacturers--including Perception and Dagger--than perhaps anyone else in the business is now lending his Pulliam pull to Jackson Kayaks. PL checks in with the grand master...

Cross-Country Canoe Expedition

Alexander Martin will soon be the first person to cross the entire contiguous United States by canoe and foot, all within a six month time span.

Johnson Drops Hammer

Designed to strengthen their paddlesports’ brands’ position in the market, Johnson’s watercraft division has made a few sweeping changes to its workforce, most notably with this spring's letting-go of watercraft group vice-president Mark Leopold, and most recently, longtime Watercraft general manager Nando Zucchi...

Confluence Announces New Hires

Confluence Watersports has strengthened its engineering team, Harmony accessory team, and customer service team with three, key new hires in the first quarter, 2009....

Confluence Revamps Web Sites

Beginning this week and continuing through the end of April, Confluence Watersports will debut completely new websites for its premier brands.

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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. British freestyle paddler Ottilie Robinson-Shaw completed...

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