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Shimoda to Head River Management Society

The River Management Society has a good guide steering it to the future. Its Board of Directors recently hired Risa Shimoda as its new Executive Director beginning October 1, 2010...

Int’l WW Hall of Fame Induction Set for Sept. 25

Not doing anything the weekend of Sept. 25? In the region anyways for Gauley season? Head on over to Germantown, Maryland, to support your local river stud-mo’s at the induction ceremony for the International Whitewater Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Read on to find out how to attend and make a donation...

Flash Flood Closes Mineral Bottom Road; Affects Canyonlands Canoeists

Canoeists and sea kayakers planning flatwater fall trips on Labyrinth/Stillwater Canyons of the Green River in Canyonlands National Park might want to start making a change of plans. On Aug. 20, a huge flash flood caused severe damage to the switchbacks on the road leading to Mineral Bottom, making the road impassable as a put-in or take-out....

Great Guns, It’s Gore Fest

It’s got a capital G, Class V and the same season. But it’s not Gauley Fest. It’s Gore Fest in Colorado, drawing the Class V racing set to Gore Canyon of the Colorado River the last weekend in August every year. The event, put on by Timberline Rafting of Vail, promises debauchery, death ferries and dunkings, and once again delivered a few surprises...

Current Designs Gets New Look

Current Designs s getting more current. At least, that'sthe premise behind a new brand identity, logo and boat graphics...

Kokatat Gets New Sales Manager

Kokatat, the 39-year-old independent watersports apparel and accessories company, is proud to welcome Jeff Turner to the Arcata, Cali. Headquarters, as the new Sales and Marketing Manager, effective immediately.

The Heat Is On! IFC Canoe Sprint World Championships

Usually the heat associated with “the dog days of August” keeps the dogs on the porch makes the rest of us lazy. Extreme heat didn’t keep the athletes or spectators away from the banks of the Warta river and the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. The event wrapped over the weekend in Poznan, Poland. PL checks in with the results. No dog-paddlers allowed.

Bad Week for Sharks and Sea Kayaks!

There must be chumthing in the water. In the past two weeks, two reports of shark attacks on sea kayakers have surfaced like the culprits' dorsals in California. PL caught up with one of them, Duane Strosaker, for his take on nearly getting shredded ...

Water Flows at London Olympic Course

Turns out you can also make rapids out of kayak plastic. Proof lies in the new whitewater slalom course for the London Olympics, which just saw water for the first time....flowing over plastic features designed by Scott Shipley. Read on for beta and a video glimpse...

The Kamchatka Connection

Expedition kayaker and filmmaker Bryan Smith is back from Russia with love…for salmon, first descents and wild places that still remain. We caught up with him at the Outdoor Retailer show to get his take on all things Siberia and salmon...

Laird Hamilton Puts On A Clinic at Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow

The Outdoor Summer Market Retailer Tradeshow is in full swing this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. PL is on the scene, and yesterday witnessed the open-air demo from Jordanelle Sate Park. Stand-up paddleboards were all the rate at the on-water demo, with appearances by gurus Laird Hamilton, Chuck Patterson and Slater Trout among others.

Super-size Me

Paddling Life is on hand at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, to bring you not-in-the-industry folk up to speed on what’s going down. First installment: a look at products for the stockier set. Turns out that Morgan Spurlock, whose 30-day McDonald's diet documented the fast-food industry, isn’t the only one going super size. Paddlesport exhibitors are also banking on beefier consumers by churning out products that excel for XLs. Following are a few tipping the scales.

The Booty Beer Scandal of Summer 2010

It should be a fairly straightforward exercise in manliness. The unwritten rules were obvious to all parties involved. However, to quote The Dude (or El Duderino if you’re not into that whole brevity thing) “New s&%# has come to light.”

4th Annual Chicago Shoreline Marathon

Chicago is known for its storied sports franchises, deep-dish pizza pies, and bone chilling wind. This August, however, the city and Lake Michigan play host to the fourth annual Chicago Shoreline Marathon. The event proudly claims to be “The only world-class race to paddle Lake Michigan and the shores of Chicago”.

Heliconia Releases Award-winning Kayak Fishing Film on DVD

Heliconia releases sequel to award-winning kayak fishing documentary. The ExOfficio presents Kayak Fishing: Game On 2 follows Jim Sammons around the world on another fishing adventure of a lifetime.

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