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Photo Caption Contest Winners!

Well, we asked for it and we got it...the entries for our latest Photo Caption Contest poured in like these kayakers themselves in this...

HBO Max’s Edge of the Earth Series Debuts “Raging Torrent” (Plus: Stookes Chimes In)

It’s here! If you’ve been waiting on the edge of your kayak seat for HBO Max’s Edge of the Earth Series, whose Episode #2...

Dam Modification Spawns New Whitewater Park on S.C.’s Catawba River

In Chester County, S.C., near the North and South Carolina border—an hour’s drive south of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.—a new...

Boating and Bears: PBS’s Expedition with Steve Backshall Tackles Kamchatka’s Kronotsky

Modern-Day Explorer Ventures Deeper into the Unknown Season Two of PBS’s popular documentary series, EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL, has returned this summer with six episodes, uncovering even...

Madawaska Kanu Centre Celebrates 50 Years

If you're a paddler you've most likely heard of Madawaska Kanu Centre, the Ivy League of whitewater kayaking, and this year they're celebrating their...

Beginner Kayak Fishing Tips!

Heading out to try and land some lunkers? Heed the following advice from Oklahoma-based kayak fisher Wesley Littlefield, who finished 8th in 2021 HafaSpot/KBF...

SUPper Drowns After Getting Blown Off Board on CO’s Lake Dillon

Suppers, wear your PFDs. That point struck home for the Colorado SUP community this past week when a stand-up paddleborder was blown off his SUP...

Pat on the Back for Pack Raft Founder: Alpacka Releases Trailer for New Film “Sheri”

Alpacka pack raft founder Sheri Tingey defied the odds by starting a company at age 50 that has revolutionized the outdoor industry. To pay her...

Holy Eye Candy! AquaBound Releases Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground Video

Want to see what it’s like to kayak Norway? AquaBound has you covered with its new video release Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground. But a word...

Wind, High Water and One Whacko Race: 10 Records Set at 2022 Yukon River Quest

Crushing wind, unrelenting rain, high water levels, and dangerous debris are just some of the adverse conditions that made the 2022 Yukon River Quest...

Jackson Kayaks Antix 2.0 vs. Antix 1.0 with video

    How does the Antis 2.0 compare to the Antix 1 from Jackson Kayaks?   Miles De Feyter: "It's Miles De Feyter here with PaddlingLife.com. Today we're...

COVID, Schmovid: Dane Jackson, Great Britain’s Robinson-Shaw Take World Freestyle Kayak Crowns

Even COVID-19 couldn’t keep kayak phenom Dane Jackson from winning his fourth World Freestyle Kayak Championship. https://youtu.be/ybE4nlHrEsk?t=5868 British freestyle paddler Ottilie Robinson-Shaw completed a record-breaking world championship clean...

The Year of the Wenatchee: An Insider’s Guide

Go ahead and call it the Year of the Wenatchee. That’s what paddlers in Washington are saying as the marquee day run outside Seattle is...

Paddling Scotland’s Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail 

By Corey Buhay “Hiya, where you goin’ thar?” a man shouted from the shore. I looked up from my paddling and spotted him—a perplexed-looking, middle-aged...

Break Out the Popcorn: HBO/TGR “Edge of the Earth” Series Debuts

Get ready to be on the edge of your seat for "Edge of the Earth," a new HBO and Teton Gravity Research documentary that...

2022 Golden Rodeo Down River Race Results

2022 Golden Rodeo Down River Race On Wednesday, June 29th, the Colorado Whitewater Association hosted a spectacular down river race in the heart of Golden,...

Yampa River Festival 2022 – PL Catches up with Clay Wright of Jackson Kayaks

  Paddling Life's Eugene Buchanan catches up with Clay Wright of Jackson Kayaks at the 2022 Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. Clay just finished...

Kayaking Community Mourns Death of Idaho, Surf Kayak Legend Jim Grossman

Idaho, and the paddling community, lost one of its most iconic whitewater kayakers with the death of Jim Grossman, 56, of Sun Valley, in...

Can Whitewater be Distilled in a Book? A New Coffee Table Book Thinks So

Whitewater is coming to your coffee table with the publication of, well, "Whitewater," a book about you know what. The book is published by YETI,...

Ukraine Secures Multiple Golds at ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup

While their country is at war and cleaning up debris, Ukraine paddlers cleaned up at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Racice. Ukraine’s Oleh Kukharyk and Ihor...

One More Time…With Feeling: Cyril Derreumaux Set to Try Again Kayaking from California to Hawaii. 

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the sentiment of French-born U.S. citizen Cyril Derreumaux, who, in June, will try to...

Entering the World of Wood: A Review of Shade Tree’s Custom Bent Shaft Kayak Paddle

With my getting older I thought it was time to treat myself to a custom wood paddle design by Shade Tree Paddles. The flex in...

Skate Yak: The Movie!

Well, it's that time of year again in the Rockies when skate skiers head to the hills in the early morning to ski on...

NRS Releases Brainwaves

Kayaking is all about fun, right? Not all the time. The newest film from NRS and Matt Devlin (@western_pix), Brainwaves, is a story about...

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New Rush Sturges Film Release! Paddle Tribal Waters

In 2024, the largest dam removal project in history will be completed on the Klamath River (Oregon/California). It will...
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Inside the Pyranha “Thigh Hooker” (Plus Vid from 16-year-old sensation Judah Harms)

With shorter to medium sized paddlers wanting a more aggressive thigh hook in many Pyranha boats, the company has...

Plastic Tides: Using Sea Kayaks to Help Rid the Ocean of Waste

(By Ken Campbell) My name is Ken Campbell and in addition to being a long-time kayak guide and instructor, I...

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