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First TIme’s a Charm: Dane Jackson Wins Oetz Extreme Race (Formerly Sickline)

Surprise? Not! We all knew it was coming. Jackson Kayak and Red Bull kayaker Dane Jackson showed he is still very much the world’s best,...

Canuck Dianne Whelan Finishes 6-year Journey on Trans Canada Trail

Talk about a doozy of a paddling and hiking trip. In July, Canada’s Dianne Whelan became the first person to complete both water and land routes of...

ICF Extreme Slalom World Champs Wrap-up on New Cunovo Course in Bratislava, Slovakia

Giving the newly re-designed Cunovo Water Sports Center in Bratislava, Slovakia, its first world-class test, some of the world’s best slalom and extreme kayakers...

Holy Hanksville! Utah’s Dirty Devil Floods to 5,500 cfs

Not that we’re aware of anyone who had their act together quick enough to run it, but Utah’s slot canyon Dirty Devil River surged...

The Quest for 4.0: Dane Jackson on Breaking the 4-minute Mark on the Green

Forget Chasing Mavericks. Like runners’ quest for the 4-minute mile, Red Bull athlete and Jackson Kayak’s Dane Jackson is training his tail off for...

Back For More: Check out NRS Flowstate!

Getting the flow state. That's the mantra being preached by NRS, which is halfway through the second season of its popular Flowstate video series, put...

Hydrus SUP Co-founder Nicholas Zawadzki Dies Paddleboarding Payette

Nicholas Zawadzki, 36, co-owner and co-founder of whitewater paddleboard company Hydrus Board Tech, died on Monday, Aug. 9, following "a complete freak and unexpected accident"...

A PL Q&A with Mustang Survival’s Josh Horoshok

Forget singing that catchy little song "Mustang Sally" by the Committments. Established in 1967 by Irv Davies, the inventor of the world’s first Floater...

Real Tips from Real Rafting Mothers!

Moms know best…especially when it comes to taking your kids rafting. Behold the following Real Rafting Tips from Real Rafting Mothers before the next...

Impress your Friends! New Book: The Ocean 

Paddlers curious about the sea will find something to love in the new book The Ocean, a veritable treasure trove of information, inspiration, and wisdom...

Curtailed by COVID: AW Fall Event Roundup

It’s been a wild, wooly and wet year as far as events hosted by venerable river conservation organization American Whitewater. But it’s still finding...

Great Gore! (Kids Rule, Hilleke Swims, and More!)

Even with pandemic restrictions in place (i.e. no rager blowout party at nearby Rancho del Rio this year), AW’s classic downriver race through Gore...

“The River Runner” Now on Netflix: PL Checks in with Director Rush Sturges

Any kayaker who’s worth his or her weight in noseplugs knows of Rush Sturges, an accomplished filmmaker and expedition kayaker who grew up on...

Catching Up With Former Pro Boater Luke Hopkins on BG’s New Tandem SUP, Built for the Pandemic

For Body Glove, Nautica and Spyder licensee Surf 9—whose 45 employees are based in Benita Springs, FL, including 10 added in just the past...

Honoring Rafael Gallo: Go Fund Me Launched for RAFA, IWHOF and IRF

Rafa lives on. Rafael Gallo, the former conservationist, rafting advocate and owner of Costa Rican outfitter Rios Tropicales who passed away from pancreatic cancer in...

Soft Serve Supping: National Ice Cream Month Calls for a Floating Parlor

Call it SUPs and scoops. Paddle boarding saw a sweet twist in July when Red Paddle Co. and urban ice cream brand, Northern Bloc, partnered...

A Boost for Diversity and Conservation: NRS Launches 2021 “Just Add Water” Project

Talk about putting money where your river mouth is. Northwest River Supplies (NRS) recently launched the third year and phase of its Just Add Water...

Paris Olympics Here We Come: Switzerland Sweeps Extreme Canoe Slalom

Forget slalom and sprint at this year’s Olympics…after the final day of this year’s 2021 ICF junior and U23 canoe slalom world championships in...

20 Years and Counting: A Q&A with Alpacka Pack Rafts CEO Thor Tingey

Alpacka pioneered the pack raft industry when president Thor Tingey’s mother, Sheri, helped him invent the craft for her son’s multisport racing exploits in...

Sprint Paddlers Aren’t Done After Tokyo; Next Up: Oklahoma’s ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup

After racing in the Olympics in Tokyo, the world's best sprint paddlers won’t be done. The paddling continues at the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint...

Flash Flood Kills Rafter in Grand Canyon

A 29-year-old woman was found dead and others were injured following a flash flood July 14 in Grand Canyon National Park, according to the National...

Kokatat Sold

After 50 years under the direction and ownership of its founder, Steve O’Meara, Kokatat has been purchased by the company’s Director of Operations Mark Loughmiller.“Before joining Kokatat Mark...

Tokyo Sneak Peak: The Top 5 Women Slalom Kayakers to Keep an Eye On

From oldest to youngest, the inside skinny on the top female slalom paddlers at this year’s Olympics. Spain’s Maialen Chourraut is the only Olympic male and female...

Summertime Kayak Fishing: What To Wear—A Primer from Level6

Ah, summer. The season for paddling, canoeing, paddleboarding, and of course, kayak fishing. Although kayak fishing can be a year-round activity, summertime sees the...

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NRS Inks Deal to Use Gore-tex

Northwest River Supplies (NRS) has inked a deal with Gore-tex to bring the high-end waterproof/breathable fabric into a new...
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First TIme’s a Charm: Dane Jackson Wins Oetz Extreme Race (Formerly Sickline)

Surprise? Not! We all knew it was coming. Jackson Kayak and Red Bull kayaker Dane Jackson showed he is still...

360 Adventure Collective Announces Dates for 2022 Paddlesports Experience

The 360 Adventure Collective (Formerly EORA / NESR) has earned more than 40 years of success connecting the most...

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First TIme’s a Charm: Dane Jackson Wins Oetz Extreme Race (Formerly Sickline)

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Canuck Dianne Whelan Finishes 6-year Journey on Trans Canada Trail

Talk about a doozy of a paddling and hiking...
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