Whitewater Kayaking

Tokyo Sneak Peak: The Top 5 Women Slalom Kayakers to Keep an Eye On

From oldest to youngest, the inside skinny on the top female slalom paddlers at this year’s Olympics. Spain’s Maialen Chourraut is the only Olympic male and female...

Director’s Statement: Rush Sturges on the Premier of “The River Runner”

Any kayaker who’s worth his or her weight in noseplugs knows of Rush Sturges, an accomplished filmmaker and expedition kayaker who grew up on...

Cool Running: Jamaica’s Solomon Maragh Makes Slalom History

Call it Cool Paddling. In the 1993 movie "Cool Running," a group of Jamaicans created history by qualifying for the bobsled competition at the...

Holy Beatdown! Level6 King of Alps Comp Goes Awwwfff!

25 Nations – 250 Paddlers – 100% Fun. That sums up Italy’s King of the Alps kayak contest, which organizers held with COVID protocols...

Tokyo Here We Come: Meet the 3 Whitewater Paddlers Representing the USA at the Olympics

All eyes were on US racers at the 2021 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, on June 11–13, as berths at...

Kayaker Dies on Meatgrinder Rapid on Colorado’s Crystal River

A kayaker drowned on June 17 while kayaking the Crystal River, according to the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office. According to reports, Chason P. Russell, a...

4X Champ: Jackson Takes North Fork Crown (Plus, POV of Winning Run)

Don’t think that a year off from racing because of COVID-19 slowed extreme kayakers down at all. Especially phenom Dane Jackson, who won again...

Montgomery (ALA) Whitewater Park Breaks Ground

Make me an angel, that flies from Montgomery... Those words by John Prine come in the form of a new recirculating whitewater park coming to...

PL Q&A: Catching Up With “From the River” Author Joe Booth

Longtime kayaker and author Joe Booth recently released his new book “From the River: A Guidebook to Sobriety from a Lifetime of Lessons Paddling”...

Jackson Wins Little White Extreme Race (Bonus: Watch Vid of Top 4 Racers Side-by-Side!)

Dane Jackson came out swinging at one of the first extreme kayak races of the season, winning the 2021 Little White Salmon Race on...

Social Campaign of the Month!

In one of the better examples we’ve seen of a company in the paddling space using social media to spread their word, S20 Designs,...

PL Founder Buchanan Featured on HammerFactor Podcast

Any boater worth the salt on his crusted-over polypro innerlayers has tuned into the HammerFactor, a paddling-centric podcast run by industry veterans John Grace,...

Catching Up (And Life lessons) With Big Water Dave

Recently, Paddling Life staffers had the chance to kayak Colorado's Cross Mountain of the Yampa with none other than Big Water Dave, a 65-year-old...

Hard Core Paddles: A Three-month Review and Why I Made the Switch (By Chris Baer)

(By Chris Baer) Let me be blunt: Hard Core Paddles are awesome. Their durability is solid, they have a ton of power, and the company...

Muggridge, Marr, Macewan Bag CN’s Flier Creek in New Redbull Film

Curtailed by a lack of international travel last year, Redbull kayaker Ed Muggridge came up with the idea to tackle something closer to home,...

Bryson City’s Evy Leibfarth Sweeps K1W and C1W for Tokyo Olympic Debut

Evy Leibfarth came up on the Nantahala River as a Bryson City, N.C., local, and last week cemented her place in Western North Carolina...

Exclusive Review and Video: New Stohlquist Descent Rescue PFD

Stohlquist adds second generation Descent Rescue PFD to its line, whets paddlers' appetite for new products. With the help of Nick Hinds and Luke Spencer,...

Bad News for Black Canyon Boaters in Colo: Road Closed for 2021

Hoping to up your game and kayak the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado this year? You’ll have to wait another year. As reported...

When was the last time you practiced setting up a Z-Drag?

So you've got your Z-Drag kit prepped with rescue rope, webbing, pulleys, carabiners, and cordage. But when was the last time you actually took...

Red Bull Athlete Aniol Serrasolses Hits 60 MPH on Snow Before Waterfall Double Kick Flip Launch

Red Bull athlete and Spanish whitewater paddler Aniol Serrasolse landed a world-first waterfall double kickflip on Chile's Captren river. The footage has just been...

Celebrating 50 Years in Business, Madawaska Kanu Centre Launches Student Essay Contest

Known globally for its unique approach to canoe and kayak instruction, modeled after a European ski school concept, and its incredible riverside setting in...

Breaking Down the C-1 Crossbow Draw (with Video!)

So you’re already a cartilage-missing miscreant who enjoys paddling a single blade more than a double. We won't hold that against you. Half the...

Costa Rica Flashback: A Recap of an Epic Down the Patria 

They say Costa Rica has been done For years the Costa Rican town of Turrialba was a whitewater destination for boaters from around the world....

Yacht Surfing with Dane Jackson

With plenty of idle time on his hands to dream up ideas during the pandemic, Jackson Kayaks' Dane Jackson came up with a doozie:...

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Kokatat Sold

After 50 years under the direction and ownership of its founder, Steve O’Meara, Kokatat has been purchased by the company’s Director of...
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Flash Flood Kills Rafter in Grand Canyon

A 29-year-old woman was found dead and others were injured following a flash flood July 14 in Grand Canyon National...

Tokyo Sneak Peak: The Top 5 Women Slalom Kayakers to Keep an Eye On

From oldest to youngest, the inside skinny on the top female slalom paddlers at this year’s Olympics. Spain’s Maialen Chourraut is the...

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Tokyo Sneak Peak: The Top 5 Women Slalom Kayakers to Keep an Eye On

From oldest to youngest, the inside skinny on the...

Director’s Statement: Rush Sturges on the Premier of “The River Runner”

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