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From SUPs to Cold Brews: C4 Waterman Founder Todd Bradley Switches Gears to Inflatable Coolers

IF it works for SUPs, why not coolers? That's the premise C4 Waterman founder Todd Bradley is taking to the bank, launching a new line of inflatable, drop-stitch coolers employing the same rigid-air philosophy...

Paddlesports Retailer to Move to Oklahoma City

Madison is great and all, and offers awesome cheese curds, but next year Paddlesports Retailer will bid it hasta luego and move to Oklahoma City and the official U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Training Site for paddlesports.

Down River Equipment Moves Doors After 35 Years

Colorado rafters rejoice! If you’re a Front Range floater looking to get gear from longtime retailer Down River Equipment, take note that they’re now in a new location after 35 years. The longtime retailer and raft accessory manufacturer has moved into an expanded headquarters and showroom in Wheat Ridge…

Paddlesports Retailer Show Debuts This Week in Madison

Sayonara Salt Lake. That’s the message from the paddling industry, resounding this week in the inaugural Paddlesports Retailer tradeshow debuting August 29 – September 1 in Madison, Wisconsin, bringing the industry’s top manufacturers and buyers under one collective roof all to their own.

Paddling Adventurers, Start Your Engines: Big Agnes Announces Bob Swanson Memorial Exploration Grant

Want some financial help (think shuttle money and Mexican food) for your next great paddling adventure? Tent and sleeping system company Big Agnes recently announced its new Bob Swanson Memorial Exploration Grant, offering funding of up to $5,000 annually for trips and expeditions that represent Swanson’s spirit of adventure.

International Whitewater Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Honorees

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) announced today its inductees for the Class of 2017. The selected honorees join an esteemed group of the world's most accomplished whitewater pioneers, explorers, champions, and advocates at an induction ceremony planned for October 21, 2017, in conjunction with ACA National Paddlesports Conference at the NOC.

Will the Real 24-Hour Record Holder Please Stand Up? (24-hour record falls three times in three-week high-water period)

Turns out Aniol Serrasolses, Tyler Bradt and Todd and Brendan Wells just barely squeaked by in setting their new 24-hour paddling record June 3-4 by clocking 287.5 miles on a high water run linking the Middle Fork, Main and Lower Salmon rivers. Even though their record, still pending approval from Guinness, might well tally “closer to 300 miles than 287,” just a few days before, on May 30, another set of rafters set the mark of 282 miles on the same stretch of river.

Slaughterhouse 5

Forget Homestake or the North Fork. There’s a creek race fin Colorado that’s miles longer and comes with more meat, an even tougher-sounding name and tougher-sounding beer…

MTI Moves, Adds Staff, Outsources Shipping

The quick-thinking that comes from paddling paid off this spring for MTI Adventurewear owners Lili and Gordon Colby, who on March 31, at the peak of the PFD shipping season, found out they had only 60 days to move their business.

Creature Craft Founder Hospitalized After Running Wash.’s Sunset Falls

The raft didn’t flip, but it landed its inventor in the hospital. In late May, Darren Vancil, inventor of the Creature Craft, landed in the emergency room after taking his Creature Craft brainchild down Washington’s notorious Sunset Falls on the Skykomish River.

Bradt, Serrasolses and Wells Brothers Notch New 24-Hour Paddling World Record on Salmon River

How would you like to celebrate your birthday? If you’re Tyler Bradt, how about by setting a new 24 hour paddling distance world record? That’s what Bradt, Aniol Serrasolses, Todd Wells and Brendan Wells accomplished the weekend of June 3-4, paddling a high water run linking the Middle Fork, Main and Lower Salmon rivers…

Seventh annual Paddle for the Planet

This weekend of June 3-4 will likely see more paddlers on the water than ever, as the worldwide paddling community unites for the seventh annual Paddle For The Planet global relay as a show of solidarity to protect the worlds waterways and oceans and to raise funds for the environmental conservation projects close to the paddlers hearts.

New Guide Book to Northwest Whitewater Hits Shelves

Now you never have another excuse for getting lost on shuttle or getting in over your head on a whitewater run in the Northwest. For that, you can thank Nick Hinds, Scott Waidelich and Jacob Cruser, whose new “Paddling Pacific Northwest Whitewater” will leave you telling great tales at the bar instead of excuses for being late to your spouse…

A River Reborn: Floating the Dolores (By Jake Myhre)

This spring, the Dolores River in Southwest Colorado finally became floatable, to the delight of Rocky Mountain river runners. And as its waters rose, so, too, did the spirits and environmental consciousness of those fortunate enough to run her and witness a waterway once again restored to its rightful place as a river.

High Water Hints for the Middle Fork (courtesy NW Rafting Co.)

Cali boaters aren’t the only ones bracing for a high water year. With the Salmon River drainage clocking in at 157 percent of average on May 1, and nearby Big Lost basin 195 percent and the Blackfootbasin a whopping 243 percent, heir cousins in Idaho are also breaking out the flip lines for one of the highest rafting seasons in year. Heading to the Middle Fork? Heed this high-water advice from the Northwest Rafting Company…

Going Dark Documents Adventure on the Salmon River

Going Dark follows a group of river guides embarking on an epic expedition from the source of the Salmon river all the way down to where it pours into the ocean, paddling the entire length in inflatable kayaks.

Return of the Kern: State Braces for Booming Paddling Season; Kern Back in Action After Two-year Hiatus

For outfitters on California’s Kern River, it’s been a two year hiatus since they’ve even been able to put rubber to water. But all that’s changed now, thanks to near-record snowfall and rain that has swelled water storage to its highest level in decades...

Doe Flows: It’s the Year of the Dolores in Southwest Colorado

River runners in southwest Colorado are scurrying to take advantage of the biggest flows on the Dolores RIver in a decade...

Grand Canyon Tram Legislation Receives Lava sized Blow

Plans to build a tramway to the bottom of the Grand got major blow recently from the Navajo Nation...

Flooding Flows on the Feather: Inside the Oroville Dam (and Paddlers Chime In!)

At 770 feet, California’s Oroville Dam 70 miles north of Sacramento is the tallest dam in the United States, impounding Lake Oroville and controlling the flow of the Feather River. But now it’s under siege from Mother nature, with February storms damaging its spillway, hindering the safe release of floodwater and threatening its structural integrity. And paddlers are chiming in socially…

National Paddling Film Fest Feb. 17-18 in Frankfort

It’s time to get your cinematic paddling juices flowing again, while benefiting American Whitewater, at the 35th annual National Paddling Film Festival, to be held on Feb. 17-18, in Frankfort, KY, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The First Grand Canyon Speed Run

January's speed record attempt down the Grand Canyon prompted longtime canyon guide and publisher and Paddling Life fan Tom Martin to reflect on the first speed run down the big ditch. And no, it was not the Emerald Mile...

Former ACA Executive Director Leaving Country to Escape Trump

Call it a four-year portage around a rapid. According to Karen Heller in a recent story in the Washington Post, former American Canoe Association executive director Jeff Yeager is getting out of Dodge, leaving the country with his wife Denise, to escape the reign of President Donald Trump.

Close But No Cigar: Colo Team Fails in Grand Canyon Speed Record Quest

If a rafting team from Colorado had any time to read on their recent Grand Canyon Speed Record attempt, "The Emerald Mile" and "Boys in the Boat" would have been fitting. Paddling a 48-foot custom cataraft mounted with rowing oars, the eight-person team fell five hours short of the record books, due to a punctured tube...

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Middle Fork Salmon Blocked by Debris Flow

Planning a late-season run down the Middle Fork of the Salmon? You might want to change your launch site...
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Holy Surging Glaciers, Batman: Alsek’s Lowell Glacier Surges, Clogging Lake for Paddlers

Lucky enough to be heading to Alaska’s Alsek (only one of the greatest and most dynamic rivers on the...

Pyranha Ripper 2 Review Time (with Uber Sweet Vids!)

Want an inside peak at Pyranha’s Ripper 2 kayak? For that, we went straight to the source: North American...

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