Paddling Industry News

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.

Zoar Outdoor Demo Fest

Zoar Outdoor will be hosting the 6th Annual DemoFest, June 26 - 28th, 2009 on the Deerfield River in western, Massachusetts.

Dry Top Gasket Repair 101

It’s happened to the best of us. It’s the first boating day of the season and as you’re getting your gear on you hear a loud pop. Not from your elbow joint or shoulder, but your dry top. You find it on, but your gasket is sitting on your head. Looks like you’re out of a gasket, and relegated to a cold day kayaking.

Palm USA launches Shopatron online store

Palm USA has launched a Shopatron-powered online store for Palm Equipment, Europe’s leading paddlesports apparel brand, to make it easier for customers to order product through regional paddlesport retailers.

Leopold Let Go As Head of Johnson Watercraft Division

According to SNEWS®, early on the morning of March 2 a shakeup transpired at Johnson Outdoors' paddlesports division. SNEWS reports that a memo was...

Ammons Releases Whitewater Philosophy

With solo runs of Alaska’s Susitna and Canada’s Grand Canyon of the Stikine under his belt, you'd think Idaho's Doug Ammons has a thought or two to share about whitewater. Look for that and more in his recently released “Whitewater Philosophy.” A PL look at the man and his manuscript, complete with excerpts...

A Very Convenient Truth

Al Gore is not the only global warming crusader. Three sea kayakers are in the middle of a mission to the world’s most desolate place, Antarctica, to call attention to rising-thermometers as well as Antarctica's first self-supported kayak expedition...

Teva Mtn Games Founder to Work For…Teva!

In one of the best paddlesports employment pairings PL can remember to date, Teva Mountain Games founder Joel Heath is packing his bags for Santa Barbara, Calif., to take a job as Teva's global marketing director. While he's likely to miss the powder days at Vail, Colo., we hear the surf's not too bad. Plus, Heath gives PL a special Q&A...

Bending Branches Acquires Aqua-Bound

Bending Branches paddles has been crafting canoe and kayak paddles out of Osceola, WI since 1982. This December, the privately-held company grew to encompass Aqua-Bound Technology out of Surrey, BC, Canada. The acquisition will move Aqua Bound, and some of its staff, to Wisconsin. Find out what this means for these paddles.

Get Yer Permits!!

Need to land a river permit this year? We'll tell you how, but just make sure to invite us along. Every winter comes permit season, and if you don’t play the game--or aren't a cook, good looking or own a raft or set of horseshoes--you won’t get invited along. Thanks to PL, here's all the info you need...

AIRE Launches New Web Site

You can surf their boats on a wave, and now you can surf better on line, as AIRE recently unveiled a new Web site that you can navigate easier than a river...

Confluence Names Montbell to Distribute in Japan

Easley, S.C. – Confluence Watersports has recently appointed Montbell Co., Ltd. as the exclusive distributor in Japan for Wilderness Systems and Wave Sport kayaks,...

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...

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SipaBoards, a leading Slovenia-based innovator in paddle board technology and the creators of the world’s first e-driven, self-inflatable, stand-up...
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Canadian River Expeditions Kicks Off Season with 2023 Outlook

Since 1972, Nahanni River Adventures/Canadian River Expeditions has been guiding adventure vacations on the top rivers in northern Canada...

Red Paddle Co. becomes a certified B Corp 

Paddleboard brand Red Paddle Co has become a certified B Corp, joining an ever-growing group of organizations committed to...

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