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New River Dries Goes Off

It doesn’t run often, but when it does it goes big. This time, in early March, it careened in at more than 70,000 cfs, drawing hairboaters like Trent Thibodeaux, Sam Fulbright, Chris Wing, Pablo McCandless and Chris Gragtmans out of the watery woodwork to ply its epic waves. And its name, the New River Dries, is about as much of an oxymoron as you’ll find in the paddling world...

AW Conducts Flow Survey for Yampa Basin

Okay, all you Colorado boaters. Since this one’s in Paddling Life’s own backyard, we’re asking any and everyone who’s ever paddled in our neck of the woods to help us out with American Whitewater’s flow study for the Yampa Basin. And, yes, it includes such local faves as Cross Mountain and Fish and Willow creeks....

Silverback Swallowed

Sniff, sniff...Kayakers in Uganda's White Nile region joined in an Irish Wake hosted by outfitter Nile River Explorers as an era came to an end on perhaps the best play run in the world: on March 1, the Day 1 Section (Silverback) of the Nile was closed to river traffic through the main rapid of Silverback for an upcoming hydro project...

Solo Catting Cotahuasi

For some people, paddling solo enhances everything about the sport, from its dangers to its rewards. Perhaps no one knows this better than British Columbia rafting guide Bruce Low, who recently returned from a solo cataraft mission down Peru’s Rio Cotahuasi, billed by many as the deepest canyon in the world. Read on for a PL Exclusive first-hand report (yes, he lived to tell the tale…)

Obama Backs Rivers

It looks like we're not finished with Whitewater in the White House. Only this time around, instead of a scandal plaguing the Clinton administration, president Obama is putting it at the forefront of his concerns, listing river recreation as among the top ten priorities of a new federal action plan for reconnecting people with nature...

Pack-rafting Tasmania’s Franklin River

Think diminutive, 4-lb. pack-rafts aren’t suitable for multi-day wilderness Class V? Bill Hatcher, and Roman and Rome Dial beg to differ, recently returning from a five-day Class V self-support pack-raft trip down Tasmania’s Franklin River ( a trip us here at PL once bagged in our kayaks)...

It’s Permit Time

It's permit season. So get your act together and send in your applications for your favorite river trip. Remember: if you don’t play the game--or aren't a cook or good looking--you won’t get invited along. Here's all the info you need...

Confluence Buys Bomber Gear

Kayak surfers in Steamboat Springs, Colo., might have a little more time on their downtown play waves now. Bomber Gear founder Rick Franken and his 8-year-old son, Kai, won’t be surfing them at all hours anymore, as the paddlesports apparel company was recently sold to Confluence Watersports...

Paddler Replaced by Rapid

No, that's not a typo. You can finally play Taps for Paddler, the long-standing member benefit magazine for the American Canoe Association. At it November board meeting, the ACA announced that it will “officially” suspend publishing Paddler and will have Canada’s Rapid Media, spearheaded by Scott MacGregor, satisfy its member magazine benefits...

Seeking Nominations for Swiftwater Rescue Award

The Higgins & Langley Award for Swiftwater Rescue is seeking nominations for 2011 rescues. If you were involved in, witnessed, or even heard tell of a great save on the rivers this past season, consider nominating the rescuers for the premier award in swiftwater rescue.

Metro-Vac Debuts New Rapid-Deployment Pumps

Perfect for Inflatable Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards, Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company of Suffern, New York, has introduced a new generation of rapid-deployment Magic-Air Electric Inflator/Deflators.

Chaco Debuts ToeCoop, PedShed; Awards Kayak Instructor Accolades

Want stylish slip-on sandal comfort off the water as well as on? Slide into a pair of Chaco ToeCoops or PedSheds, slip-ons that will see you to your post-paddle PBR and nacho plate in style. Plus, the company honors a kayak instructor from Bainbridge Island, Wash...

A Song from the Grand

So PL just got off the Grand Canyon, whose experimental September flows of 8,000 cfs made it ideal for everything from surfing and sucking suds to gobbling gourmet cuisine from PL partner Ceiba Adventures. To shine some light on the re-entry-to-civilization problems those emerging from the Big Ditch deal with, following are a couple of musical ditties thrown together by participant Dana Birke from Boulder -- just in time for an abrupt return to an early Colorado winter...

Cali Burn Fest

A mass start Class V downriver race followed by a beer slalom past the finish line...it can only mean one thing: the sixth annual BurnFest on the Trinity River’s Burnt Ranch Gorge in California...

Czechs, Brazilians dominate Pre-Worlds in Costa Rica

Four days in October with global implications. No, it's not a political crisis, just the International Rafting Federation Pre-World competition in Costa Rica. Keep reading for the PL lowdown...

Rivers Orgs Clean-up with Conservation Alliance Grants

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. That's how a few river conservation organizations are feeling after the Conservation Alliance awarded grants totaling $500,000 to 17 conservation throughout North America, many of whom are working to protect our waterways. PL checks in...

More Good Gauley

Giant splats on Pillow Rock; striders, C-1ers and kayakers sharing eddies with rafts; and the biggest party in paddlesports. Yep...American Whitewater's biggest fundraising event -- and the largest boater festival in the world – went off without a hitch as paddlers of all walks converged on the Woodstock-like Gauley Fest at the Nicholas County Veteran's Memorial Park in Summersville, W.V., for a weekend of debauchery and sinus-douching. PL checks in...

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...

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...

KA-CHING: Danny Ching Makes A Clean Sweep At Battle Of The Paddle

Home-field advantage isn't everything. Californian native Danny Ching takes 1st place in the two most important races at Battle of the Paddle in Waikiki, HI.

Virtual Unkown, Noa Ginella, Outpaddles MacArthur and Gavere

Noa Ginella, a 16-year-old from the North Shore of Oahu, HI, surpassed all other stand-up paddlers including the two favorites to win the Surf Sprint event over Dan Gavere by more than 16 seconds.

TEVA Mountain Games Announces 2010 Whitewater Events

The Teva Mountain Games are the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally-friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 2,000 adventure athletes, along with an estimated 40,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail and road running and stand up paddling.

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River Management Society Announces 2024 River Studies and Leadership Certificate Recipients

The River Management Society (RMS) has announced 2024 recipients of the River Studies and Leadership Certificate, a program offered...

Paddle the Nation’s Driest State with New National Rivers Project Resources

Planning a river trip to America’s driest state has never been easier. The National Rivers Project (NRP) website, a...

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