Paddling Gear

Entering the World of Wood: A Review of Shade Tree’s Custom Bent Shaft Kayak Paddle

With my getting older I thought it was time to treat myself to a custom wood paddle design by Shade Tree Paddles. The flex in...

Pimp My Canoe: New Canoe Gear Accessories From Level Six

Level Six releases new takes on classic gear items designed to make your next canoe expedition noticeably easier and more comfortable, no matter what you're carrying or how far it has to go.

Win an AirVolution Inflatable Kayak from Advanced Elements

  Paddling Life has partnered with Advanced Elements to give away a free AirVolution inflatable kayak. Say what? That's right - free kayak.   Related stories: Top 10...

Werner Paddles Releases “We Are Werner” Vid

We Are Werner! That’s the theme song being echoed by one of the country’s top paddle makers, as Werner unveils its We Are Werner...

Mustang Survival’s Live Beyond Land Vid Showcases Kayak Angler Annie Nagel

Mustang Survival, a pioneer manufacturer of lifesaving solutions since 1967 for those pushing themselves to the extremes, has released Part 6 of its Live...

Small Gear for a Big Spring

Do future-you a favor and get ahead of that sunshine-induced brain fog with these new gear gadgets for spring.

Swell Watercraft Hits Ground Running with WeFunder Campaign

Swell Watercraft is getting a boost from a WeFunder campaign for its sit-on-top kayak with footwells lowered below the waterline, a patent-pending scupper valve,...

Oru Launches Kickstarter for “Lake” Kayak (Its Lightest Breakdown Yet)

Oru Kayak is at it again, this time unveiling what it calls its most groundbreaking origami boat design to date with its new Lake...

Passing the Torch: Bending Branches/AquaBound Sold; Ed Vater Retires  

Bending Branches/Aqua Bound owner Ed Vater has sold the company to an in-house team and is retiring, the company reports. Based in Osceola, Wisconsin,...

Down River Equipment Launches Used Gear Program

Used paddling gear just got easier to find. Wheat Ridge, Colo.'s Down River Equipment, a leading river equipment supplier and manufacturer, just launched a new...

OneWater Acquires YakGear OneWater Marine Inc. (NASDAQ: ONEW) announced that its subsidiary, T-H Marine, has acquired YakGear, Inc. (“YakGear”), an industry-leading supplier of kayak equipment,...

Longtime Industry Vet Kelley Woolsey Joins Hobie

Bringing over 30 years of water sports and lifestyle brand experience, Kelley Woolsey has joined Hobie as Vice President of Global Sales, Service and...

NRS Movin’ and Shakin’

Moscow, Idaho’s Northwest River Supplies (NRS) is making moves with big internal developments including promotions in senior leadership, expansion of the product development team...

Euro SUP Brand Mistral Sold

SUP, windsurf, surfboard and wingfoil brand Mistral has been acquired by Dutch equity investor NMG. The Haarlem-based investor will take over 100% of the...

Watercraft Up 17% for Johnson 1st Quarter Report

RACINE, Wisc.' Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technology, today announced lower sales and earnings year over year...

Jimmy Blakeney on TAHE’s Acquisition of BIC Sport

Last year, after more than 40 years as a French-made watersports icon, BIC Sport merged with Tahe Outdoors to become a new brand, TAHE,...

And In This Corner, Weighing In At….! Alpacka Hits the Water Running in 2022 With New Lightweight Boat Line-up

Yes, it sounds like a boxing announcer, and for good reason. Pack raft maker Alpacka is packing in a full, ultralight product line for...

New Year’s Launch: BOTE Makes Adventure Accessible, Stylish and Affordable with New 10-Foot Zeppelin Aero Kayak

The Zeppelin Aero 10’ Single-Seater Inflatable Kayak may be small in size and price but is big on exploration and versatility.

Watersports Up: Johnson Outdoors Reports Record Sales, Earnings for 2021

Racine, Wisc.’s Johnson Outdoors Inc., owner of Old Town Canoe, announced higher revenue and earnings for the fiscal year ending October 1, 2021. Continued...

Breaking Down The Code: Inside Dagger’s New Creeker

Call it Mission Possible. Or the Mamba Phantom, which has the same initials. Credit Snowy Robertson and his design team at Dagger for breaking the...

Mustang Survival Acquires Stearns’ Government and Commercial Business

Continuing its recent buying spree, including its purchases of Ocean Rodeo and MTI Adventurewear, Mustang Survival has announced the acquisition of the Government and...

Level Six Introduces 3 New Whitewater Specific Boards for 2022

According to Level Six COO Kevin Cook, “We have had quite a few people ask us over the years for a whitewater specific board...

Inside AIRE’s Outcast Sporting Gear (OSG)

Want whitewater-worthy beefiness with your fishing craft package? Look no further than AIRE’s sister company, Outcast, designed to offer just that, bringing the company’s...

Testing the Level 6 Australis

Want a sweet-looking and performing shortie for warm water/weather paddling? Look no further than the Australis from Level 6,  a short-sleeve semi-dry top constructed...

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Entering the World of Wood: A Review of Shade Tree’s Custom Bent Shaft Kayak Paddle

With my getting older I thought it was time to treat myself to a custom wood paddle design by...
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Skate Yak: The Movie!

Well, it's that time of year again in the Rockies when skate skiers head to the hills in the...

NRS Releases Brainwaves

Kayaking is all about fun, right? Not all the time. The newest film from NRS and Matt Devlin (@western_pix),...

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