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As reported by CNN, two sea kayakers off coast of Avila Beach, California, got a scare from a humpback whale recently that they will...

Old Town Canoe Hits the Summer 2018 Festival Tour with Elevation Outdoors

Expect to see some Old Town boats coming to a festival near you this summer. The company, which also owns Ocean Kayak, announced that...

IHoF Growth and New Inductees

The Paddlesports Industry Foundation has announced this year’s call for nominations to the International Whitewater Hall of Fame with the unveiling of its new communications hub at www.iwhof.org.

Finding Your Inner Thoreau on Alaska’s Talkeetna

My wife and I have a pact. I fully enjoy visiting her relatives in her home state of Alaska, but I need some Me Time to get in touch with my inner Thoreau. I get it on the talkeetna, big time...

Finding the Spirit of the Olympics

I’ve officially lost my touch. After drinking $.75 Tsingtao beers with the Russian women’s volleyball team while watching Rafael Nadal whip-up on Novac Djokovic in the men’s tennis semi-finals at the Beijing Olympics, I end up sharing a hot tub back at the NBC hotel with super-heavyweight wrestler Rulon Garder, any amorous thoughts I had of the Russians sinking with the rising water...

A Whitewater Wedding

Karl Moser got married this month. If anybody doesn’t know Karl, he’s a former owner of the Epicocity Project, a former instructor at World Class Kayak Academy, an avid lover of big waves, Mountain Dew, Red Bull, and all things that put a little more tweak in his step and bounce in his blunts. He’s a stellar playboater, hilarious, and is now married to more than just the whitewater community. Here’s what LJ Groth had to say about the wedding.

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Artificial Recreation: Sampling the Adventure Sports Center’s New Whitewater Course Atop Wisp Mountain

Four-time world freestyle kayak champion Eric “EJ” Jackson has seldom looked this uncomfortable in a kayak. He’s stuck in the first hydraulic of the...

River Babe….She’s Baaaccck!

Just when you thought you could get back to concentrating on other things in life, Shea Stevens, PL's illustrious River Babe, is back with her latest river-guide-in-training installment, this one from the depths of the Cheoah. Be still, oh beating heart...

Resurrection of a Classic

Paddling the newly designed Topo Duo 20 years after its inception

Paddling Life’s 2015 Sweepstakes

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Two New Kayak Fishing Guides From Heliconia

While the sport of kayak fishing is booming, it still has yet to be noticed by the majority of anglers. Heliconia is seeking to change that. The information presented in these guides demystifies the sport and draws attention to its many positive attributes. If you're considering entering the sport or are a seasoned angler looking for new tips you should check out these guides.

New Racks From Yakima

Three new products being released in '08 making getting your boat to the river that much easier.

Video Clip of the Day Archives & Featured Video Clips

&hl&&fs Video Clip of the Day Archives Goodness Gracious, Great Falls of Fire! Rafa Ortiz fires up Great Falls. Courtesy RedBull Content Pool Underground Cave Kayaking, Courtesy...

Confluence Names New CEO (SNEWS Special Report)

Following an aggressive search that began when Tom Nathanson of American Capital Strategies (ACS) became acting CEO of Confluence on June 14, 2007, Sue...

Eugene Buchanan

Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids The fate of the environment and our children's health rests with connecting kids with the outdoors. Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids shines...

Princeton Tec Quad Headlamp

Small, but still powerful! At a total weight of only 96 grams, the Quad ($30) is the lightest in Princeton Tec's line of regulated-LED headlamps.

Pelican i1010 Waterproof iPod case

This is it, music-lovers: your answer to the “listen to Britney’s latest or go boating” conundrum.

Katadyn Vario

Katadyn has always been at the top of the water filtration heap and now with their new Vario ($80), the Swiss-made company ups the ante indefinitely.

Patagonia Rio Frio

When looking for an innovative eco-conscious pfd, check out the new Rio Frio ($120).

Big Agnes – Crystal Sleeping Bag

Get cuddly with the Crystal sleeping bag ($149) from Big Agnes. This 30-degree, comfort sack pairs PrimaLoft with 650 Fill Goose Down for a lightweight and packable bag that stays warm even when wet.

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Leading the way for inclusion in outdoor recreation, nature, and conservation for all, nonprofit Outdoor Afro, the nation’s leading...

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Want to sink your teeth into the perfect R2ing rafting machine? Try the new frameless AIRE Sabertooth, suitable for everything from kids to Class V…

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