Paddling Industry News

President & CEO Matt Menashes leaves Paddlesports Industry Association

The president of the world's largest trade association for paddlesports stepped out this week. CEO of the Paddlesports Industry Association Matt Menashes will be heading an environmental association based in Washington DC. But, according to the organization, we can expect more work to help unify the paddlesports industry.

Hottest Gear at OR

The Outdoor Retailer Trade Show showcases new adventure products of all types, from the eminently practical to the downright esoteric, and the expo this August was no exception. PL sifted through the maw of hardware and came up with a list of schwag paddlers will be going ga-ga over from the upcoming fall sales through the end of the next season.

Award Winning College Tour!

National Geographic Maps & Adventure has recognized Sam Drevo, founder of eNRG Kayaking, for his work organizing last year’s Paddling Life College Tour by awarding him The Outdoor Geographic Awareness Award. The next tour will focus on the Northwest, running through the spring of 2009.

New additions to the Whitewater Hall of Fame!

The list of legends just got longer as the International Whitewater Hall of Fame announced its newest honorees. Coming from the world over these six heroes defined whitewater paddlesports and have made an indelible impact on its future.

Patagonia Bids Adieu to Paddlesports

After acquiring Lotus Designs in 1998, Patagonia seemed to be sinking its teeth full-bore into paddlesports. All that's changed now as the apparel giant is officially saying sayonarra to the paddling industry. Plus: a PL Exclusive with Lotus founder and Astral Buoyancy head Philip Curry ..

Kokatat Sponsors Spitsbergen Expedition

On July 1st, 2008 Birgit Ryningen and Anders Levoll of Trondheim, Norway will attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago....

Will the Real Werner Please Stand Up?

Holy pilfering paddle peddlers, Bat Man! They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Werner Paddles says it can do without. The company recently unearthed a Chinese manufacturer that's using Werner's images and even product names to peddle their own watersports wares...

River Aid – The Descent to Give Back

NEW COMPANY GIVES BACK – DONATES ALL PROFITS In May 2009, Todd Toledo and Matt Solomon will launch on the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain...

River Runner Drowned at Hance Rapid

A non-commercial river runner flipped his raft in Hance Rapid on the afternoon of March 16, 2008, on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon...

Zoar Gears Up For Big Water Rafting

The recent heavy rains on top of the late winter snow fall have added greatly to the river and reservoir levels in southern...

New Addition to the McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group

The McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group (MWDG) has announced that Nick Turner has joined their experienced team to develop and oversee construction of in-river recreation...

Where’s Waldo (er…Woolsey)?

Kelley Woolsey has always been a surfer at heart. That’s why it was almost surprising to find him riding one wave for so long as the director of sales and marketing for Confluence Watersports, where he nearly single-handedly kept the company going through good times and bad. Paddling Life caught up with him between sabbatical surf sessions in Hawaii, Long Island, California and Florida to get his take on Confluence, the paddling industry and where the next wave might take him...

Kokatat’s Faux to Explore Kimberly

<!----> In early March, Tanya Faux will lead a team into Australia’s Kimberley Range to explore the uncharted water of the Moran and Mitchell Rivers....

Waikiki Support Polynesian Heritage

Duke's canoe club Waikiki supports polynesian voyaging society with Legacy of Aloha donation.

Industry Buzz: Bomber Gear is Back!

2003 was a sad year as one of the most innovative paddling outerwear companies in the industry bid adieu to paddlesports. But now, after fighting through five years of strife, Bomber Gear and owner Rick Fanken are back with a new, recognizable partner and the same bomber gear.

Mohawk Canoe Founder Passes at 78

Darrell Leidigh laid the foundation of one of the most successful canoe manufacturing companies and leaves behind a legacy of highly acclaimed boats. The canoeing giant will be missed by all elements of the paddling community.

U Saved My Ass Contest

Enter your story and win a Hail Mary Throw bag! Whitewater Research & Safety Institute (WRSI) recently launched the "U Saved my Ass Contest". WRSI...

New face at Voodoo Technologies

As President and Founder of Voodoo Technologies, Jeff Rivest is pleased to announce the arrival of a new partner in its management team. ...

Downstreamedge Brings New Junior Kayak Classes and Teams to CO

It doesn't matter if you've never gotten your head wet or your already running drops: This program turns adolescents and teens into better boaters.

TAPS presents the Northeast Canoe and Kayak Symposium

After decades of waiting, boaters on the East Coast finally get to cruise the booths of an on-water kayaking and canoeing convention organized by the Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS). This year TAPS is presenting the first ever Northeast Canoe & Kayak Symposium (NECKS). “It will be an opportunity for curious, new and more experienced paddlers to come together and share the fun and rewards of time on the water,” says event director Ray Fusco.

New Distribution Setup Brings Fluid Kayaks To More US Dealers

Fluid Kayaks’ new distribution setup for the USA Fluid Kayaks are happy to announce their new distribution setup for the USA from 2008. They now have...

Kokatat Hires New Western Sales Rep

Kokatat recently announced Sean Morley has accepted the position as Kokatat Sales Representative for the western territory. His territory includes California, Nevada and Arizona....

Pyranha to Distribute Feelfree Kayaks

Pyranha US Inc. recently announced that it will distribute Feelfree Kayaks in North America. Feelfree Kayaks will offer boats for the recreational and fishing...

Andy Knapp Named Paddlesprots Person of the Year

Andy Knapp Named Paddle Sports Person of the Year Recently, Confluence Water Sports announced Andy Knapp as the Paddle Sports Person of the...

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