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Pat on the Back for Pack Raft Founder: Alpacka Releases Trailer for New Film “Sheri”

Alpacka pack raft founder Sheri Tingey defied the odds by starting a company at age 50 that has revolutionized the outdoor industry. To pay her...

SUP Goes Transformer with the New Switch Board from Isle

ISLE announce the Switch, a new “hybrid” watercraft that converts from SUP to kayak in seconds and weighs in at just 19 pounds.

Explore New Waters on Ultralight iRocker Paddle Boards

No adventure is off-limits with the new line of ultralight stand-up paddle boards from iRocker ready for travel and up for exploration.

New Book Aims to Teach Packrafting Skills

Packrafts are far from being a novelty anymore; they're becoming a mainstream piece of paddling gear for both their performance and packability. But there...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Advanced Elements Launches New Packlite+ Packraft Series

Advanced Elements, a longtime maker of drop-stitch construction inflatable kayaks, has launched into the packraft market with its new Packlite+ Packraft Series. “What makes them...

Inside AIRE Environmental

Sure, AIRE makes awesome inflatable craft for everything from whitewater and touring to fishing. But did you know that it also has a sister...

Testing the AIRE Sabertooth

Want to sink your teeth into the perfect R2ing rafting machine? Try the new frameless AIRE Sabertooth, suitable for everything from kids to Class V…

Nootica News: SUP Buying Tips for Summer

We always look forward to summer vacation, but this year especially. After being locked up, everyone wants to get outside on the water to...

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 RMR popping the Champagne on...

Inventory Issues and Paddlesports

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That quote by Charles Dickens sums up the paddlesports industry this season,...

New Alpacka Ranger is the Perfect River-based Solo Hunting and Fishing Packraft

Alpacka Raft launched, literally and figuratively, in the Fall of 2000, as a collaboration between Sheri Tingey -- the designer behind the products --...

How One California Outfitter Has Weathered 4 Fires (and now COVID)

For river outfitter Russian River Adventures, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley wine country in Healdsburg, Calif., adversity has come with the territory...

Freakin’ Fluminkohala! Paddling the Big Island’s Irie Irrigation Ditch

While Hawaii’s Big Island might be known for its surf, snorkeling and lava flows, Class I paddlers also have an option in the 112-year-old...

CKS Top Gift Ideas for Rafters

Got a rafter in your life? Rafters can always use gifts, and there’s no better time to help them stockpile up than the holidays. The...

Inflatable Kayak – Everything You Need to Know About IKs

Inflatable Kayaks are the easiest way to get on the water. From their portability to their on water capability IK's are a great way to...

Baffin or Bust: An Alpacka Packraft Paddle and Climb Expedition

Where can an Alpacka packraft take you, you ask? How about to Baffin Island, for a paddling and climbing expedition? Read on for just...

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Paddlesports Booming: Big Gear Show Recap from Park City

 The Big Gear Show, the marquee tradeshow for cycling, paddlesports and outdoor gear, wrapped up in Park City, Utah,...
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Making Waves: First Waves SUP Program Benefits Pittsburgh Youth  

Under-served youth in Pittsburgh are learning how to SUP, make films and preserve the Great Outdoors through a new...

2022 World Paddlesports Festival Set for Aug 26-29 in OKC 

Call it a Festivus for the Restivus. With the ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup and Stand Up Paddling World Cup relocated from...

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Pat on the Back for Pack Raft Founder: Alpacka Releases Trailer for New Film “Sheri”

Alpacka pack raft founder Sheri Tingey defied the odds...

Win an AirVolution Inflatable Kayak from Advanced Elements

  Paddling Life has partnered with Advanced Elements to give...
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