Whitewater Kayaking

Inside the Pyranha “Thigh Hooker” (Plus Vid from 16-year-old sensation Judah Harms)

With shorter to medium sized paddlers wanting a more aggressive thigh hook in many Pyranha boats, the company has introduced a new offering called...

Dane Jackson Breaks 4-Minute Mark on Green: Special PL Q&A! Plus: NPR Interviews Co-Winner Adriene Levknecht

Well, he did it…finally. Living up to this year’s race motto “Wishful Thinking,” kayaking phenom Dane Jackson finally broke one of the longest-running records...

Guitar Paddle the S. Fork Payette, Anyone?

Now that strikes a chord. The sound of running water is music to most paddlers’ ears. But no one has put their signature on...

HammerFactor Special: How to Watch the 2022 Green Race!

Want to watch the hottest, baddest, raddest whitewater race in paddlesports? The quest to topple the coveted 4-minute mark? Between the 170+ racers battling it...

Jacksons Sweep World Cup, Georgia Venue Sweeps Hearts

While Dane and Emily Jackson swept October’s ICF Freestyle World Cup competition, it was the venue on the Chattahoochee River’s new Rush South Whitewater...

CKS Partner Post: Longboat Racing Tips from Chris Hipgrave

(By Jonny Ortiz/CKS): Longboat season is here, so CKS got a minute to chat with longboat legend Chris Hilgrave to share a few tips...

Jimmy Chin’s Edge of the Unknown: Gerd Serrasolses on Being Knocked Unconscious by 50-footer

Edge of the Unknown: Gerd Serrasolses In case you haven’t seen it, the new documentary series EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN, which premiered...

Quinfecta: Jackson, Marr, Voorhees Bro’s Notch 5 Laps on the Stikine

Cross Canada’s Stikine off the big water bucket list for Dane Jackson. Paddling Jackson’s new Gnarvana creekboat, His Daneness, as well as Benny Marr...

Guess the Winning Time in the 2022 Green Race Contest and Win a Werner Paddle! 

Updated: Dane Jackson won the 2022 Green Race with a blistering time of 3:58.69!!!  This makes Mike Watson the proud new owner of a Werner...

Athlete Story: Should I Run It?

By Melissa DeMarie There we were, standing on the boulder next to “the big one,” that rapid which had everyone ’s bellies full of butterflies....

From Coal to Surfing: Craig, CO, Gets $3.3 Million EDA Grant for River Park Project

With the Yampa River running through town, Craig, Colo., is going about making its transition from coal to river recreation as a driving force...

Jackson Unveils, Wait For It…The Gnarvana!

Jackson Kayak has unveiled its latest whitewater kayak, the Gnarvana, its newest core creekboat design in over five years since its release of the...

Blast from the Past: Watch Pamela Anderson Paddle the S. Fork American on Baywatch!

Yes, our archivists have dug up that long-lost Season 3, Episode 1 clip of Baywatch in which Mitch takes a trip up to his...

Gore Race Cancelled—But Festival Still a Boatload of Fun

Darn insurance companies. This year's Gore Fest race, Colorado's marquee Class V kayak race down Gore Canyon of the Colorado slated for Saturday, Aug. 27,...

Sending It, Sierra-style: 28th Annual Cherry Creek Race Celebrates Beloved Capt’n Kirk

While Class V kayak races like the Green and North Fork Championships seem to garner the lion’s share of the press, countless others throughout...

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 Operations head Mike Patterson, to...

Staying Tight: Paddling Life Spray Skirt Review (Level6 & Seals)

Sure, boats, paddles, apparel and PFDs are important and all, but the one piece of gear holding it all together, and keeping you part...

HBO Max’s Edge of the Earth Series Debuts “Raging Torrent” (Plus: Stookes Chimes In)

It’s here! If you’ve been waiting on the edge of your kayak seat for HBO Max’s Edge of the Earth Series, whose Episode #2...

Dam Modification Spawns New Whitewater Park on S.C.’s Catawba River

In Chester County, S.C., near the North and South Carolina border—an hour’s drive south of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.—a new...

American Whitewater Announces New Executive Director, Clinton Begley

After conducting a nationwide search and interviewing several highly qualified candidates, American Whitewater announced that Clinton Begley will be its new Executive Director. The...

Boating and Bears: PBS’s Expedition with Steve Backshall Tackles Kamchatka’s Kronotsky

Modern-Day Explorer Ventures Deeper into the Unknown Season Two of PBS’s popular documentary series, EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL, has returned this summer with six episodes, uncovering even...

Madawaska Kanu Centre Celebrates 50 Years

If you're a paddler you've most likely heard of Madawaska Kanu Centre, the Ivy League of whitewater kayaking, and this year they're celebrating their...

COVID, Schmovid: Dane Jackson, Great Britain’s Robinson-Shaw Take World Freestyle Kayak Crowns

Even COVID-19 couldn’t keep kayak phenom Dane Jackson from winning his fourth World Freestyle Kayak Championship. https://youtu.be/ybE4nlHrEsk?t=5868 British freestyle paddler Ottilie Robinson-Shaw completed a record-breaking world championship clean...

The Year of the Wenatchee: An Insider’s Guide

Go ahead and call it the Year of the Wenatchee. That’s what paddlers in Washington are saying as the marquee day run outside Seattle is...

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Inside the Pyranha “Thigh Hooker” (Plus Vid from 16-year-old sensation Judah Harms)

With shorter to medium sized paddlers wanting a more aggressive thigh hook in many Pyranha boats, the company has...
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Plastic Tides: Using Sea Kayaks to Help Rid the Ocean of Waste

(By Ken Campbell) My name is Ken Campbell and in addition to being a long-time kayak guide and instructor, I...

Tristan Bussell and NRS Launch “Before I Die”

Learning he had the gene for Early Onset Alzheimer’s motivated Tristan Bussell to turn his dream of kayaking off a waterfall into reality.

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Sometimes the only reason to go paddling is to...