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Goin’ Big

Competitors were all smiles after the men's K1 and OC1 Prelims at the World Championships

Miracle on the Ottawa

Despite a lackluster snow year, Buseater goes off, leaving competitors giddy about upcoming World Championships.

Passing of a Paddling Visionary

Noah Kayaks founder Vladimir Vanha, who passed away at home in the Czech Republic this past December, was as visionary a designer as the paddlesports world has ever seen. From the Jetti to Stratoquatic, his kayaks were eons ahead of their time and changed the face of the sport forever. Click here for a special PL tribute...

Grand Slam: How to Get a Grand Permit!

So you want to run the Grand? So does everyone else (note to trip leaders: invite us--we've got beer!). To help private paddlers run it, and get chundered in Crystal, River Runners for Wilderness has published a Lottery Information Primer online for the 2008 river season...

Teva Games Going Strong

In years past, competitors at the Teva Mountain Games’ Homestake Creek Race could have taken a leak (ladies included) above the course and tripled the run’s flow. In 2005, racers bounced down a paltry 25 cfs, leading to Tao and Jay Kincaid getting pinned, and in 2006 they made do with 50 cfs, which still scraped hulls and egos. This year, however, things promise to be different...

Wing and a Prayer: A Duct-taped Shuttle Rig

Sometimes being able to improvise comes in handy on and off the river, as canoeist James Collins found out during a recent shuttle and encounter with the law. Score: Duct Tape 1, Canoeists, 0...

It’s a Wrap: Oil & Water Project Reaches Argentina

It was filled with surf, waterfalls, flat tires, break-downs, broken hearts and more, but now, more than 45,000 miles since setting off from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in July 2006 to the tip of South America, kayaking adventurers Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt have successfully navigated the Americas in a converted Japanese fire truck running on Bio-fuels while spreading the gospel of alternative fuels. Oh yeah, and they bagged 35 new rivers, too...(Plus: special PL Q&A with the Sethinator...)

The Wave Ski Worlds Championships

Despite below average swell, New Zealand's Wave Ski World Championships Down went off with juniors Tyler Lausten and Alex Stubbs taking second and fourth, respectively, for the good ol' U.S. of A...

Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic Set for May 11-12

Kayak fishing anglers are once again hoping for a Grand Slam of Florida redfish, trout and flounder at this year's Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Tourney, the largest of its kind in the world.

Boating Barometers

Each spring, two consumer events serve as annual barometers of the boating industry: Rutabaga’s Canoecopia, in Madison, Wis.; and The Jersey Paddler’s Paddlesport, to be held March 23-25 in Somerset, N.J. As the first such industry indicator, Canoecopia shows that we’re in good hands. Paddling Life went straight to the top to find out what trends to look for in the coming year...

Paddling Life/NRG Kayaking College Tour Going Off

The female anatomy's got nothing on paddling. Despite it being Fat Tuesday and competing with the Vagina Monologues, Sam Drevo's Paddling Life/NRG Kayaking College Tour went off big time at the University of Oregon Feb. 20-21, drawing more than 100 people to the film fest and pool demo...

Cereal of the Month!

Finally, PL's much-awaited Cereal of the Month Award bestowed on a truly worthy candidate. No, it’s not Life cereal, as some might expect, but rather darkhorse contestant Kroger Frosted Wheat Puffs, complete with a bug-eyed frog padding a whitewater ribbon of milk through a frosted wheat puff boulder garden.

Justine Curgenven Unfiltered

Justine Curgenven is a badass. She paddles her sea kayak through raging surf in remote locales and makes movies about it. She was part of the first all female team to circumnavigate Tasmania. She climbs, bikes and, on occasion, skis. In short, we’re big fans.

Busted on the Grand

At around 4:20 p.m., Feb. 2, nine members of a Grand Canyon party were finally allowed to put on after five other group members were denied access after getting busted for dope at the put-in. Paddling Life looks into the issue, complete with an honorary re-naming of certain rapids in the Park Service's honor...

Makin’ Movies Like the Big Dogs

As video cameras become more compact and affordable, it seems that every paddler fancies himself a filmmaker. And thanks to modern computer technology, many of these Spielberg wannabes are turning out videos that look like the real thing. Paddling filmmaker Ammen Jordan Drops Knowledge to help you shoot like a pro.

Lost At Sea?

Expeditions are dangerous and peril is part of the game—whether you’re on a whitewater run or sea kayak crossing. It’s the latter that has Paddling Life following the phenomenal exploits of Trans-Tasman kayaker Andrew McAuley. Reports surfaced today (Feb. 9) from Australia that there’s a possibility he has gone missing.

Paddling Life Contests

Contest #1 Sweepstakes - Schwagalicious! Simply click here, enter your e-mail address and you’ll be automatically registered to win NRS Flux Drytop, Kokatat Ronin PFDs, Pacuare...

Paddling Life’s

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Backpackers know their "Ten Essentials” list by heart...but what about paddlers’ essentials (like duct tape)? To find out, PL's Mike McCrea solicited responses from message boards to compile our Paddling Gear Survey. Bottom line? Get a bigger boat...

Special Book Excerpt: Brothers on the Bashkaus

Look for the much-awaited release this spring of former Paddler editor-in-chief Eugene Buchanan's Brothers on the Bashkaus by Fulcrum Publishing. His account of winning W.L. Gore & Associates first-ever river-oriented Shipton/Tilman grant to run Siberia's notorious Bashkaus River on rafts made from Cold War leftovers is for the explorer in everyone. Click here for special excerpt (visit www.fulcrumbooks.com for retail info or to buy online)

Life Changer: Katie Hilleke on Kayaking and Cancer

The staff at Padding Life is proud to bring you the following account of Katie Hilleke’s life-changing adjustment to living with cancer. Though sometimes it doesn't seem like it, there’s a lot more important things than kayaking...

Big Oscar, Tao Gets Huck Doll, Bobbing for Spam and more

Paddling Life's roundup of recent news in the paddling world. Paddling Immortality Plus Big Oscar, Toy Tao, Bobbing for Spam, A Fire in the Boundary Waters, and More! Achieving paddling immortality takes more than mad skills and big brass balls. You’ve also got to preserve the silver-and-cellulose record, says Kent Ford, whose “Digitize Paddlesports Project” (www.performancevideo.com) converts filmed exploits to digital video. “Film of the early paddling days is decaying in closets across the country,” he says. “We’re documenting the evolution of paddlesports and can use all the footage we can get.”

Why You Should Be A Raft Guide

There are countless reasons to become a raft guide. Here are two...

World Rafting Champs Head to Korea

U.S. teams hopes to better third-place finish from 2005 on Korea’s Naerinchon River

The Straight Dope: PL blows the cover on kayak dopers

San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds got his from BALCO. Tour de France cyclist Floyd Landis allegedly took a dose of synthetic testosterone, and world-record sprinter Justin Gatlin blames his positive drug test on a steroid-laced rubdown. It makes us wonder: What are paddlers doping with these days?

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