Touring/Recreation Kayaks

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...

Sneak Peak: Bent Shaft, 4-Piece Breakdown from Aqua-Bound; Bonus: Beyond the Paddle Vid!

Aqua-Bound (and sister company Bending Branches) consists of a tight knit group of more than three-dozen dedicated paddlers that walk through a factory door each day...

PL Q&A: Solo Stove’s CEO John Merris Discusses Acquisition of Oru Kayak, ISLE SUPs

There’s a new paddlesports conglomerate in town, built by fire. Southlake, Texas’s Solo Stove has been lighting a fire under fire pit and campstove sales...

Three SOTs from Pelican

While Pelican Sports might have recently acquired Confluence and its coveted watersports brands, including Dagger, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Mad River and more, that hasn’t...

Hasta Luego, PADDLEexpo

It was great while it lasted. But, like a river, all great things have to come to an end. Europe’s PADDLEexpo tradeshow series, also...

Big Adventures, Eddyline Chime in on State of the Sea Kayak Sector

After a slew of changes in the sea kayaking business world a few years ago, the sector is  back to stroking along smoothly, especially...

It’s Official: Led By SUPs, Paddlesports Sales Swelling

Paddlesports sales are swelling like the waves their followers paddle on. As part of this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Online tradeshow Jan. 6, that’s what...

Paddlesport Sales Skyrocket 56 Percent in June

While paddlesports sales were treading water at best prior to COVID-19, the pandemic has put them back on the path to prosperity, with sales...

The Evolution of Inflatable Kayaks – A New Drop Stitch IK Comes to Market

While the world of Standup Paddleboards has long enjoyed the extreme rigidity provided by drop-stitch construction, there has never been an inflatable kayak utilizing...

High Angle Versus Low Angle Paddling Styles and Why Angle Matters for Sea Kayaking

Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle According to the experts at Aquabound, if you didn’t know better, you might think “a kayak paddle is a kayak...

Alpacka Raft and Randy Newberg Team Up to Unlock Public Lands

When private land ownership blocks access points, public land is not always made public. Unlocking inaccessible public land for recreational use takes some finesse...

EJ Launches New Kayak Co.

Less than two months after his retirement as president of Jackson Kayak, Eric “EJ” Jackson announced he is launching a new kayak company called...

Extra, Extra! Pelican International Acquires Confluence

Calling it “more strength, capabilities and opportunities for the world leader in paddlesports equipment,” Laval, Quebec’s Pelican International Inc. has acquired the assets of...

Hemisphere Design Works Shuts Down Michigan Operations

One of the largest rec kayak makers in the country has reportedly shuttered its headquarters. As reported in Paddling magazine, on Oct. 30 local...

Advanced Elements Delivers High Performance Through Drop-Stitch Technology

Advanced Elements, Inc., makers of world-class inflatable kayaks by any standard, have brought updates to two of their classics, which has resulted in two...

Hobie’s 2020 Passport 12 Fishing Kayak Aims to Grow the Sport

Building on the successful launch of the Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 earlier this year, Hobie just introduced the new Mirage Passport 12 for 2020...

Hobie Goes Deeper on Pedal Power with Flip-Up Pedal Technology

Hobie introduced the MirageDrive pedal system as an alternative to the paddle in 1997, and essentially redefined kayaking. This first-in-kind innovation shifted propulsion from...

Oru Releases Revolutionary New User Friendly Folding Kayak: The Inlet

In its first-ever sub-$1,000 folding kayak offering, Oru is introducing the new Inlet, designed to eliminate all barriers to owning a fun, effective and...

Gearlab Launches the Malik: A First-in-Kind Polypropylene Greenland Paddle

For the past eight years, Gearlab has designed and manufactured Greenland-style carbon-fiber paddles for ocean kayakers around the world. Now, in an effort to...

Advanced Elements Ambassador: Case Study Berthold Hinrichs (and a Close Encounter with Whales)

Inflatable paddlecraft company Advanced Elements lets its boats, and paddlers, do the talking. That’s why it has more than 20 ambassadors on board testing...

Gearlab Adds Full Line of Kayak Accessories for Spring 2019

For the past eight years, Gearlab has designed and manufactured Greenland-style carbon-fiber paddles for ocean kayakers around the world. Gearlab, pioneer of the "first...

Is Pedaling the New Paddling? Meet the Hobie Mirage Passport Kayak

Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of helping shape a unique lifestyle based around water and quality products. Continuing its tradition of...

Company Spotlight: Advanced Elements — From Waterbeds to IKs

Someone who invented a product that lets you sleep on water is also good at designing products that let you paddle on it. Such is...

Hemisphere Design Works Names Jim Fox New CEO

Rec kayak magnate Hemisphere Design Works has hired Jim Fox as its new Chief Executive Officer. Fox’s predecessor, Chuck Smith, stepped down from his...

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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...
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6 Days/6 Rivers: A Costa Rican Kayaking Odyssey with Amazing Vacations

“Buenas Lineas,” says our guide Arnaldo Cespedes. “Good lines.” We just finished scouting a Class IV rapid called Robin Hood...

2021 Photo Contest Entries Are In

2021 Photo Contest Entries 2021 was a great year to get out and paddle. Check out some of the incredible...

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Three SOTs from Pelican

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