Whitewater Kayaking

Emily Jackson on Finding Balance in Life

Balance is far more than something you find in your boat. It’s just as important — perhaps even more so — in life. So what...

Watch Vid of 9-year-old Paddling Skykomish’s Class IV Boulder Drop (and Q&A with the Father) 

A 9-year-old boy's attempt to become the youngest person to whitewater kayak through the Skykomish's notorious Class IV rapid Boulder Drop in Washington might...

Living the Best Day Ever (by Hendri Coetzee)

Now that COVID-19 has given everyone a little more indoor time on their hands, what better way to spend it —especially as Old Man...

Small World Adventures Cancels Ecuador Season Due to Pandemic

Now it’s getting personal for paddlers. Due to the global pandemic Small World Adventures is cancelling its Ecuador season of whitewater kayaking. In a letter to...

Closing In On 4 Minutes: A Q&A with 25th Green Race Record-setter Dane Jackson (Watch Video!)

While things looked a little different due to COVID restrictions at this year’s marquee 2020 Green Race — an extreme kayaking race on Asheville,...

Nouria Newman Makes a Case for Saving Italy’s Sorba

(By Nouria Newman, extreme kayaker, 2013-Vice-World Cup Slalom Champion/Team World Champion 2014; Read bio HERE) If you are not from the Old Continent, chances are...

From Our Boat Experts at CKS: History of the Longboat and Green Race

According to our friends and partners over at Colorado Kayak Supply, longboats are having their moment. Especially given that it's fall and some of...

Sick Slicey Class V Freeride Play (By Bren Orton)

Bren Orton, a 26-year-old paddler from Warrington, England, knows how to throw down — especially when it comes to the Wellerbrucke section of Austria’s...

Sweden Gets First-ever World Cup Slalom Medal…And it’s a Gold! (And 16-year-old American Evy Leibfarth Wins Bronze!)

Chalk one up for the Swedes...and 16-year-old female slalom racers in the U.S. An historic first-ever slalom world cup gold medal for Sweden; a gold...

Sink, Don’t Think: NRS Debuts “The Mystery” Film!

Squirt boaters occupy a peculiar cult in the world of kayaking — those who live to go down beneath surface of the water rather than...

Chile, Colorado Kayak Pioneer Robbie Dastin Passes Away

Mourning the loss of Robbie Dastin Longtime Chilean and Colorado kayakers — especially those of the slightly older persuasion — are mourning the loss of...

Meet Bodie Hilleke: The Youngest Kayaker to Paddle the Grand

It figures that it’s Tommy and Polly Hilleke’s son. Both kayaking icons in their day — Tommy a longtime extreme kayaker and perennial winner of...

PL Exclusive: Video Interview with Ben Stookesberry!

Ben Stookesberry talks recovering from an injury, The Dynamic of Expedition Kayaking, the state of whitewater kayaking today. Watch interview here: Adventure kayaking pioneer Ben Stookesberry,...

The Down-low on Creeking the Dominican Republic

By Adam Goshorn In the blue waters of the Caribbean, the island of Hispaniola rises from the sea to an astounding 10,164 feet atop...

Gauley During COVID: A Personal Account

Essay By Darcy Gaechter It didn't feel like there was a global pandemic raging as we pulled into the Tail Waters launch site -- the...

An Inside Look at Soul Waterman’s Terrible Two Tandem Kayak

When the water warms up and our local Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers are low, I switch gears to my son’s interest in kayaking. Yes,...

Inside the Jackson Antix 2.0: An On-water Report from Demshitz’s Jesse Shimrock

What’s the latest antics with the new Jackson Antix 2.0? Plenty, especially when you get the lowdown from freestyle kayaker and Demshitz crew member Jesse Shimrock,...

An Olympic Adventure: Tshletshy Creek – the Best Whitewater in Washington?

(By Ryan Scott) I’d been looking at the description for Tshletshy Creek in the ‘Paddlers Guide to the Olympic Peninsula’ for 10 years now, wondering and...

A Consequence of COVID: Kids Slalom Kayaking Growing In Lyons

While COVID-19 has shut down many other outdoor programs throughout the country, it’s proven to be a boon for slalom kayakers — especially younger...

Quick-thinking Kayakers Rescue Fellow Paddler Trapped Behind W. Va.’s Kanawha Falls

Chalk one up for the camaraderie of kayakers. In a story broken by Fayette County, West Va.’s WCHSTV.com, a Tennessee kayaker was rescued from behind...

The New Sport of…Skateyakking!

Don’t tell Abner Doubleday, but I’ve gone and done it — invented a new sport. It’s not quite the same as Abner creating baseball —...

No Matter How You Slice It: A Big Paddler’s Review of the Pyranha Ozone

(By Adam Goshorn) At 6’1” and 265 lbs. I am right at the top of the recommended weight range for Pyranha’s Large Ozone. It’s a...

Whitewater Kayak Review: Chalka One Up for the Waka Steeze (If You Please)

My name is Alex Dodge, and I'm here to write a review of the Waka Steeze. But first a little bit about me, for a...

Self-support on the South Fork Main Salmon (Bonus: Gear I Used and Video!)

  “Damn, if this is another un-named rapid, we’re in for a doozey,” I think to myself, the last of us bobbing in a pulsing,...

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Exclusive Review and Video: New Stohlquist Descent Rescue PFD

Stohlquist adds second generation Descent Rescue PFD to it's line, wets paddlers appetite for new products With the help of...
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CN’s Magpie River Declared a “Living Entity”

Ranked by National Geographic as one of the world’s top ten whitewater rivers, the Quebec’s Magpie River now has...

New Film from NRS Fishing: A Resilient Paradise: Florida Keys

Combining Caribbean vibes with easy access from the mainland, the Florida Keys emit a unique energy—from the bustling patios...

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How To: Expedition

Scott Feindel has been traveling the world in search of the world’s stoutest whitewater since 2000. But in 2007/2008 this Kokatat and AT sponsored athlete took his international paddling up a notch. In one year he kayaked in Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Congo and Norway while squeezing in descents of the Stikine, the Clore and dozens of other rivers in the US and Canada. Read on for a few tips on charging from one of the world’s most experienced expedition paddlers.