Whitewater Kayaking

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:...

A Paddler’s Ode to His Dear Friend Alan Panebaker

This water sport I love has given me so much, but it also has tested me in ways I could never have fathomed. Kayaking...

Special Pre-release Pyranha Scorch Review (with Sweet Video)!

Special Pre-release 2021 Pyranha Scorch Video Review (by Nick Hinds) Check out more of Nick's detailed Scorch review for more texture... I can’t fit in a Waka...

Charlotte, NC, to Get Yet Another Whitewater Park

The kayaking and rafting in Charlotte, N.C., is about to get even better. Thanks to Duke Energy, the region is about to boast another major...

Special Video: Level Six Emperor Drysuit Unplugged!

While Level6’s new Emperor drysuit is fast making waves in the world of watersports, it’s now also making it onto the airwaves, as witnessed...

Getting Silly with Fusilli: Pyranha Paddler Dave Fusilli Talks Scorch Kayak Design(Special Video and Q&A)!

Paddling Life sits down for a question and answer session with longtime Pyranha and White Salmon, Wash., paddler Dave Fusilli, an ageless wonder still...

Whitewater Athlete Sadat Kawawa Joins Kokatat Global Team

Kokatat announced that it has signed Uganda National Team paddler Sadat Kawawa to its Global Team. The whitewater athlete from Jinja, Uganda -- who grew...

Jackson Releases “We Are Family” Video

Everyone knows that Jackson Kayak has always been all about family, with founder, world champion and Olympian Eric Jackson employing his kids Emily and...

PL Exclusive: Inside Level6 with Founder Stig Larsson

What started for Level6 founder Stig Larsson “as an idea on a little surf beach in Costa Rica” has blossomed into a full-blown paddlesports...

Photo Caption Contest Winners!

OK, so the writers of the below might be better kayakers than they are comedians, but like stepping up to run a big drop...

Catching Up With: Aniol Serrasolses on the Pandemic, His New Kids Program and More

One of the most accomplished paddlers of our time, Spain’s Aniol Serrasolses fell in love with kayaking at a young age and has been...

Pyranha Launches Boat Raffle/Cancer Fundraiser for Athlete Fiance

The paddling world is pretty tight knit and comes together when someone’s in need. That’s the case with Pyranha, which is launching a boat...

PL Q&A Exclusive: Filmmaker Scott Blankenfeld Releases New Vid of Cali’s South Silver First Descent

First run in the late ‘90s, California’s South Silver drains the Sierra Nevada in a torrent of cascades, creating one of the best granite-lined,...

Level Six Exposes Counterfeit Drysuit Ring

In the ultimate unboxing video, Level Six president Stig Larsson purchased a counterfeit Level Six dry suit from Amazon — from a brand that...

Group Fights to Save Ecuador’s Newest Whitewater Gem: El Rio Piatua

Now, it's getting downright indigenous. In November, a coalition of civil society organizations and law professors submitted an amicus brief to Ecuador’s Constitutional Court calling...

Denver to Get New River Park at River Mile

Downtown Denver, Colo.’s largest mixed-used development, The River Mile, will soon be getting new river park amenities as part of a dynamic restoration of...

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Inside Level6’s Duke Drytop

Our friends up in the great white north have been working on a three-season drytop the past few years...
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NRS Inks Deal to Use Gore-tex

Northwest River Supplies (NRS) has inked a deal with Gore-tex to bring the high-end waterproof/breathable fabric into a new...

First TIme’s a Charm: Dane Jackson Wins Oetz Extreme Race (Formerly Sickline)

Surprise? Not! We all knew it was coming. Jackson Kayak and Red Bull kayaker Dane Jackson showed he is still...

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First TIme’s a Charm: Dane Jackson Wins Oetz Extreme Race (Formerly Sickline)

Surprise? Not! We all knew it was coming. Jackson Kayak...

ICF Extreme Slalom World Champs Wrap-up on New Cunovo Course in Bratislava, Slovakia

Giving the newly re-designed Cunovo Water Sports Center in...
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While some sectors of competitive paddlesports seem to be shrinking, at least one is emerging. As of early December, it’s official: after appearing as a demo event at the world championships in Spain this summer, C-1 W, or women’s C-1, will be in the World Championships. PL checks in with those in the know...

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