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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’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?

Get Yer River Permits!

Straight from Paddling Life, all the info you need to land a river permit this year (just make sure to invite us along...)

Every winter comes permit season, and if you don’t play the game--or aren't a cook, good looking or own a raft--you won’t get on a multi-day raft trip. Thanks to PL, here's all the info you need

What Is Paddling Life?

What is Paddling Life? It’s not what you run, or the boat you use, but the feeling you get when you’re on the water. It’s raft camping with your kids, shouldering a canoe, dropping your sea kayak skeg, running your first waterfall and feeling your

Drevo on boating the Northwest flood

How big was the Election Day Flood in Oregon and Washington? None other than Sam Drevo, Josh Bechtal and Tao Berman hiked out of the Hood River. Drevo Reports.

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