Whitewater Kayaks

From Our Boat Experts at CKS: History of the Longboat and Green Race

According to our friends and partners over at Colorado Kayak Supply, longboats are having their moment. Especially given that it's fall and some of...

An Inside Look at Soul Waterman’s Terrible Two Tandem Kayak

When the water warms up and our local Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers are low, I switch gears to my son’s interest in kayaking. Yes,...

Inside the Jackson Antix 2.0: An On-water Report from Demshitz’s Jesse Shimrock

What’s the latest antics with the new Jackson Antix 2.0? Plenty, especially when you get the lowdown from freestyle kayaker and Demshitz crew member Jesse Shimrock,...

No Matter How You Slice It: A Big Paddler’s Review of the Pyranha Ozone

(By Adam Goshorn) At 6’1” and 265 lbs. I am right at the top of the recommended weight range for Pyranha’s Large Ozone. It’s a...

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...

Whitewater Kayak Review: Chalka One Up for the Waka Steeze (If You Please)

My name is Alex Dodge, and I'm here to write a review of the Waka Steeze. But first a little bit about me, for a...

Self-support on the South Fork Main Salmon (Bonus: Gear I Used and Video!)

  “Damn, if this is another un-named rapid, we’re in for a doozey,” I think to myself, the last of us bobbing in a pulsing,...

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...

Boise Gets Rockin’ Whitewater Park Expansion

 Already close to some of the best whitewater in the country, Boise, Idaho, is now giving paddlers (and surfers) another reason to visit the...

Corran Addison Debuts New Dancer

Move over Dominatrix…there’s a new Dancer taking the stage. That’s the tune being sung by longtime kayak designer Corran Addison, who, as the designer 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...

Dousing and Makin’ Deals: Paddlesports Retailer Demo Day at Oklahoma’s Whitewater Center Goes Off Largetime

Holy Demo-day of all-time, Batman. When Paddlesports Retailer moved its annual tradeshow to Oklahoma City this year, it did so primarily for access to the...

Prijon Releases Newest Creek Boat Called…The Cocaine!

Eric Clapton would be proud. German kayak maker Prijon just released its newest creeker, with the provocative name of, wait for it…The Cocaine. PL...

Bellyak: Laying Down and Loving It

Most whitewater kayakers try not to swim. But not the folks at Bellyak, makers of a hybrid craft that falls somewhere between kayaking, hand...

The World’s Smallest Kayak?

Honey, I shrunk the boat! With all due credit to Jackson Kayak for its kid-sized Fun1 line, now that he has a child of his own who else but longtime boat designer Corran Addison would design an even smaller kayak for his kid? Read on for a step-by-step photo sequence of the glorified foamie getting built…

Gear-o’rama: Paddlesports Gear Roundup!

What does five days of hob-knobbing with the top players in paddlesports at the annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City get you? Red eyes, sore feet, a couple of Utah-beer, bloated-belly hang-overs and the following rundown of a few products you’ll see on retailers’ shelves this coming season…

Field Report: Testing the Jackson Karma RG Self-support on the Grand

For Jimmy Hostetter, Luke Farny and friends, running the entire Grand Canyon in five days in December provided the perfect reprieve for coming back in the nick of time to study for and take college exams. It also provided the chance to test out the Jackson Karma RG kayak in the exact conditions it was designed for…

Paddlesports in 2013

We came, we saw, we paddled. A look back at some of the 2013 highlights from the competitive paddling planet...

The Enigma Behind Innegra: A Special PL Q&A with AT Product Manager Hastings Blumer On Its New Durweave Paddles

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, Confluence and AT Paddles unveiled what the company bills as a “gamechanger” in the whitewater paddle market: Duraweave™, a blend of polypropylene-based Innegra fiber that forms the lightest, strongest paddles on the market. Intrigued, we caught up with brainchild and product manager Hastings Blumer for the skinny. Here’s what we found:

Dagger Resurrects 17-Year-Old RPM

Rerun the Production Mold. That could well be what Dagger’s RPM, at one-time the world’s best-selling kayak, stands for as the company brings back one of its most popular whitewater models, whose mold has been gathering cobwebs for 17 years...

New Zealand Nabs Its First Whitewater Park

Founded in 2003 by Scott Shipley, S2o Design and Engineering recently completed New Zealand’s first in-stream whitewater park, the Camphill Surf Park, near Wanaka on the South Island, and it is earning rave reviews by boaters of all abilities.

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.

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...

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It’s Permit Time! (Link to Resources Here!)

It's permit season, all you freeloading dirtbags. Ensure your chance to keep getting invited on river trips by actually applying...
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New River Gorge To Become National Park

Get ready to raft in a new national park. West Virginia’s New River Gorge is set to become the nation’s...

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