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Fluid Sit-On-Top Whitewater Kayak Hits Markets in 2012

The fear of being trapped in a closed-hull boat with a spray skirt is a barrier for may entry-level whitewater paddlers. Fluid hopes to eliminate that fear with their new sit-on-top whitewater kayak. Designed with hull characteristics similar to their top end whitewater kayaks, while providing superb stability and confidence, this new boat may make the difference for whitewater enthusiasts interested in learning to kayak.

PL Canoe Schwag Review!

What kind of schwag do you bring on a 60-mile canoe trip in the Canyonlands? Whatever is up to the task. PL (in company of 12 kids and eight “grown-ups," if you can call us that) whiled away the dog days of August canoeing Canyonlands National Park. And while we tested out a slew of canoes and paddles, we also put an array of accessories to the task, from newschool firestarters and firepans to SUPs and sleeping bags. Here’s the rundown...

Wilderness Systems Earns a Hat-Trick With Third Consecutive “Boat Brand of the Year” Award

Wilderness Systems remains king with third consecutive "Boat Brand of the Year" award. The entire outdoor retail community descended on Salt Lake City, Utah to celebrate at this year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

OR Paddlesports Preview

Once a year, industry bigwigs gather in Salt Lake City for the annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, where those lucky enough to attend can ooh and ahh over paddlesport manufacturers' new designs for the upcoming year. For those smart enough to stay on the water instead, here's a quick PL sneak peak of what the tradeshow cronies will see...

Nova Craft Builds Yesterday’s Canoe With Tomorrow’s Technology

Nova Craft is a successful Canadian canoe company that builds traditional canoe designs using only the newest technologies available. According to a recent press release, Nova Craft has just created a craft so new it might be from the future.

Spotlight: Ocean Kayak Founder Tim Niemier

Tim Niemier, 59, has always thought outside the box...or cockpit. It was in his garage in Malibu, Calif., in 1971 that he indented a surfboard hull to create the world’s first sit-on-top kayak. By the time he sold Ocean Kayak to Johnson Outdoors in 1997, nearly every kayak manufacturer worldwide had a sit-on-top in its line. Forty years later, the visionary’s light bulbs still burn at his Wild Designs firm as he tries to get more people out on the water...

AIRE Cougar On The Prowl Again

While most cougars are known to prowl ski resorts, don’t be surprised if they start showing up a little closer to the river next season. AIRE watercrafts is bringing back their classic cataraft from the brink of extinction and reintroducing them into the wild...

Current Designs Gets New Look

Current Designs s getting more current. At least, that'sthe premise behind a new brand identity, logo and boat graphics...

Super-size Me

Paddling Life is on hand at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, to bring you not-in-the-industry folk up to speed on what’s going down. First installment: a look at products for the stockier set. Turns out that Morgan Spurlock, whose 30-day McDonald's diet documented the fast-food industry, isn’t the only one going super size. Paddlesport exhibitors are also banking on beefier consumers by churning out products that excel for XLs. Following are a few tipping the scales.

Two New Inflatable SUPs to Get Yer Stand-up On

SUPs seem to be all the rage, and inflatables are fast becoming the boards of choice for inland use, be it on lakes or rivers. Following are two new additions you'll find in the line-up, one from C4 Waterman and another from BoatstoGo.

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!

Hog Island Unveils New “Green” Sit-on-top Kayak

A small drift boat and kayak company in Northwest Colorado is going Hog wild. Tapping the burgeoning rec kayak market, rotomolded driftboat manufacturer Hog Island Boatworks has introduced a new eco-friendly sit-in-top kayak made from 100 percent recycled plastic...PL checks in.

Spring Shoe Extravaganza

When the river starts pumping, it’s time to break out your spring and summer wardrobe. For us here at PaddlingLife, that means living in one outfit: dry top, helmet, life jacket, board shorts and water shoes, be it booties or a full water shoe. The last of this list is what this review is all about. We beat the streets to find the best treats for your feet.

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.

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...

PL’s Random Goodie Bag

All sorts of things in life are random…acts of kindness, currents out of nowhere grabbing your stern, even hitch hikers bumming shuttle. To celebrate sheer randomness, Paddling Life brings you this month’s Random Goodie Bag, a sampling of gear and accessories that has come across our transom over the long winter months. Included in this indiscriminate line-up: Fluid’s newest surf kayak, Bomber Gear’s K-bomb spray skirt, and Wanderer Imports’ Maori Hei-Matua necklace for river-running juju.

Paddler’s Christmas Wishlist with pro Kim Russell

Christmas is here. And we’ve got a few tips for all of you last minute shoppers scrambling to get the right gifts for your paddling partners. We asked Bend, OR pro Kim Russell, 19, what she uses for gear, and what she’d give to the whitewater junkie in your life.

Werner Paddles awarded Manufacturer of the Year Award

Werner Paddles was honored to once again receive the Accessory Manufacturer of the Year Award presented by Canoe & Kayak Magazine. The award is voted upon by 384 retail shops and goes to the easiest accessory manufacturer to work with. Read on to find out how this 44 year old family business is continuing to excel.

Drytop Showdown

Get your loose change together – gear prices drop with the falling mercury and it’s starting to get cool out. A new drytop will keep you smiling well into winter, and PL helps you through the choosing process by pitting two tops from the ends of the spectrum against each other: Peak UK’s Deluxe HD and Kokatat’s Rogue Gore-Tex. Set for this year but want to know what next year will bring? Check out the freshest NRS top ever.

Two New IKs: One for Whitewater, One for Touring

Two new inflatable kayaks are now making waves, one for whitewater and one for touring. Incept's new Sally is the closest thing to a hardshell on the water, while the Airis Sport is a tourer's --and tracker's -- dream...

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.

Rafts Gone Wild

Girls aren't the only thing that have gone wild. Inflatable manufacturers have also, introducing a slew of new rafts to the market, including the following look at new 14-footers, perhaps the most versatile size on the market. So start pumping...

The Guru of Garage Storage. A PL Profile on Talic’s Tim Tucker

With a company name honoring his great, great grandfather Nicholae Talic, a woodworker from The Netherlands, Tim Tucker is changing the way paddlers store their boats...

User: Kelsey Thompson

Kelsey Thompson loves freestyle. Kelsey Thompson loves creekin'. Kelsey Thompson loves kayakin'. Hence he has to love his paddling gear. Check out what this Nova Scotian is wearin' on the water this season to keep from freezin'.

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