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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 newest national park, thanks to...

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...

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...

Nation’s Top River Sojourns

To "sojourn" is "to dwell in a place temporarily." If you throw in the word "river" beforehand, and then treat sojourn as a noun,...

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...

Top Rafting Reads (for this COVID Christmas)

Looking for some great rafting reading to get you through this COVID-confined Christmas, and spark your juices for the upcoming paddling season? Our friends at...

The World’s Top 10 Rafting Trips

Although many guides evoke the image, you don’t have to be a bleach-blonde, toothpaste poster boy to enjoy rafting. Once Covid restrictions lift —...

Paddling World Mourns Loss of Sea Kayak Pioneer Stanislav Chládek 

The world of sea kayaking lost one of its most ardent practitioners, advocates and explorers with the passing of Stanislav Chládek November 25, 2020,...

NRS Releases “River of Return” (Bonus Q&A with Producers!)

As part of its ongoing efforts to educate paddlers about issues of importance to them, NRS is proud to release River of Return, highlighting...

Dams Getting Closer to Coming Down on Cali’s Klamath

When two tribes, two states and Warren Buffett step up and commit to the world’s biggest dam removal project – it’s a big deal. So...

Emily Jackson on Finding Balance in Life

Balance is far more than something you find in your boat. It’s just as important — perhaps even more so — in life. So what...

Poof, Gone! 300-foot-deep Lake Above AK Sea Kayak Hotspot Disappears

Ice-dammed Bear Glacier Lake in Alaska, located above the popular sea kayaking spot of Bear Lagoon frequented by outfitters out of Seward, has vanished...

Closing In On 4 Minutes: A Q&A with 25th Green Race Record-setter Dane Jackson (Watch Video!)

While things looked a little different due to COVID restrictions at this year’s marquee 2020 Green Race — an extreme kayaking race on Asheville,...

Nouria Newman Makes a Case for Saving Italy’s Sorba

(By Nouria Newman, extreme kayaker, 2013-Vice-World Cup Slalom Champion/Team World Champion 2014; Read bio HERE) If you are not from the Old Continent, chances are...

Whale of a Tale: Humpback Capsizes Calif. Kayaker (Watch Video)

As reported by CNN, two sea kayakers off coast of Avila Beach, California, got a scare from a humpback whale recently that they will...

Chile, Colorado Kayak Pioneer Robbie Dastin Passes Away

Mourning the loss of Robbie Dastin Longtime Chilean and Colorado kayakers — especially those of the slightly older persuasion — are mourning the loss of...

“He Could Sell Shit to a Cow:” Watch Tribute Video to Martin Litton

Some say he rowed with an angel on his shoulder. But renowned conservationist and dory aficionado Martin Litton was the angel on the shoulder of...

How to Use, Setup, and Clean a Groover.

Groover duty. It's a dirty business but someone has to do it. Bringing a groover on a river trip is a necessary evil and many...

Catching Up with AIRE Co-founder Alan Hamilton

What better place to run into one of Idaho’s, and the rafting industry’s, most passionate, productive and accomplished players than the banks of Idaho’s...

Quick-thinking Kayakers Rescue Fellow Paddler Trapped Behind W. Va.’s Kanawha Falls

Chalk one up for the camaraderie of kayakers. In a story broken by Fayette County, West Va.’s WCHSTV.com, a Tennessee kayaker was rescued from behind...

Supalicious: 5 Top Inflatable SUPs for Every Occasion

Class III rapids? SUP it. Waves? Those, too. Lake? SUP that also, giving you a view of the fish below. From grandma to Kai Lenny,...

The New Sport of…Skateyakking!

Don’t tell Abner Doubleday, but I’ve gone and done it — invented a new sport. It’s not quite the same as Abner creating baseball —...

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...

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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

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