Whitewater Kayaking

Good—Make that Great—Gauley! Historic Releases This Fall

Boaters heading to the Gauley this season have reason to celebrate: for the first time in recent memory, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that 2011’s release schedule will feature 29 days instead of the normal 22, with most of the later release days pumping out 3,200 cfs vs. versus the normal 2,800...

Irene Follow-up: Damage on the Deerfield

Hurricane Irene rocked the Deerfield river valley largetime with historic, 100,000 cfs flooding when it passed over the Northeast at tropical storm force. Local businesses are continuing to recover from the damage as boaters size up new challenges on and off the river.

Whitewater Pioneer John Berry Passes Away

One of whitewater's leading pioneers, John Berry, passed away Aug. 11 at age 86, but not before helping change the sport as we know it today. A tribute by Charlie Walbridge...

Road to London Leads Canoe Slalom Competitors to Bratislava, Slovakia

With the 2012 Olympic Games drawing near athletes battle for the podium in Slovakia. As a qualifier for the Games many competitors are hoping to make their move.

Rock Creek Outfitters Rockin’ Large with New Expansion

Rock/Creek Outfitters is opening a new, improved retail paddling store, outlet and distribution center at 1530 Riverside Drive in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sprint Worlds Wrap-up in Hungary; U.S. Team Still Hopes for Olympic Spot

Nil, nunca, nada. That’s how many sprint paddling spots the U.S. team has earned for the 2012 London Olympics after the recent ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, where perennial powerhouses Germany and Russia took home 11 medals each. But there’s still one more chance to secure a berth. PL checks in with U.S. Sprint National Senior Team Coach Guy Wilding for the state of sprint in the states...

Turn on the Tunnel! 2011 Bailey Fest Goes Off!

Icing on the cake for an already stellar Colorado whitewater season, more than 200 people showed up to paddle and party at the 2nd Annual Bailey Fest in Bailey, Colorado, August 13-14, with PL on scene to revel in the river running mayhem...

Paddle Council Receives $30K Grant from Nielsen

Don't be surprised if your local eddy starts to get a little more crowded. Okay, not really. But the Paddle Council, a volunteer advisory group providing input to the Outdoor Industry Association to help grow the industry and expand participation, recently received a $30,000 grant from Nielsen Expositions to help grow participation in water sports. That's a lot of enchilada plates...

OR Gets Underway with On-water Demo

Paddlers like to get wet. No where was this more evident than day one of the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, where paddlesports took center stage in the outdoor industry at the Open Air Demo at Jordanelle State Park in Park City. Bonus: a record number of people on SUPzilla...

OR Paddlesports Preview

Once a year, industry bigwigs gather in Salt Lake City for the annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, where those lucky enough to attend can ooh and ahh over paddlesport manufacturers' new designs for the upcoming year. For those smart enough to stay on the water instead, here's a quick PL sneak peak of what the tradeshow cronies will see...

The Ladies’ Kayak Project

Funds are being raised to present the students at Carnegie Mullen University with the challenge of addressing the physiological differences between men and women in designing kayaks.

Kevin Callan’s Top 50 Canoe Trips of Canada

Wondering where to canoe in Canada? Here are the 50 best canoe routes of Ontario as chosen by one of Canada's most famous paddlers. Bring your hockey stick and Kokanee...

Old Man River: Corra Takes FIBArk Crown

He’s nearly twice as old as the race is long, but that didn’t stop Durango's Andy Corra, 50, from paddling to his seventh title in the 26-mile FIBArk downriver kayak race on June 19, setting a record for number of wins in the 62-year-old race.

Dane’s World: US Teen Dane Jackson Wins Three Golds; Great Britain’s Bebbington Takes Men’s Crown

“See ya, pops, that’s for all the pointers.” That could well sum up a new Jackson dynasty as Dane Jackson, 17, son of four-time world freestyle champion Eric Jackson, dominated the International Canoe Federation Freestyle Kayak World Championships in Platling, Germany, taking home three Golds and a Bronze. Meanwhile, Brits Claire O’Hara and James “Pringle” Bebbington took the top crowns for the women’s and men’s division...

World Freestyle Kayak Champs Come to Plattling

So the Bruins won the Stanley Cup and the Mavericks the NBA title. Big whoop. The real action is in Plattling, Germany, where 225 of the best freestyle paddlers in the world from 28 countries – including newcomers Slovenia, India, Argentina and Brazil – rip up a river-wide wave on the Isar River for the World Freestyle kayak Championships June 20-20. PL checks in, with a special look at who to watch for...

The Paddling Enthusiasts Tri-fecta: Vail, Glenwood Springs, Salida.

If you’re a paddler and it’s the month of June, then we know you’re in Colorado. Last weekend (June 2-5) the 10th annual Teva Mountain Games wrapped in Vail and upcoming this weekend (June 11th & 12th) the newly christened Rocky Mountain Surf Festival goes for the full Polynesian in Glenwood Springs. So, what if you’ve got a day job and couldn’t make it to Vail or Glenwood Springs? No worries, FIBark finishes off the tri-fecta in Salida the following week.

Nova Craft Builds Yesterday’s Canoe With Tomorrow’s Technology

Nova Craft is a successful Canadian canoe company that builds traditional canoe designs using only the newest technologies available. According to a recent press release, Nova Craft has just created a craft so new it might be from the future.

Spotlight: Ocean Kayak Founder Tim Niemier

Tim Niemier, 59, has always thought outside the box...or cockpit. It was in his garage in Malibu, Calif., in 1971 that he indented a surfboard hull to create the world’s first sit-on-top kayak. By the time he sold Ocean Kayak to Johnson Outdoors in 1997, nearly every kayak manufacturer worldwide had a sit-on-top in its line. Forty years later, the visionary’s light bulbs still burn at his Wild Designs firm as he tries to get more people out on the water...

Olympic Whitewater Course for 2012 Games in London Open to the Public

Allo, Gubnah! Ok, so our English accent needs work, but that’s OK; we’re still more than a year out from the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Games in London. The good news: paddlers don’t have to wait that long to take a run down the official Olympic whitewater course. The Lee Valley Whitewater Centre opened in April and allows anyone with £49( about $80 US) a chance to descend the same rapids as next year’s Olympians...

Record Water Year in Store for West

Get your high-water boats out. From Colorado to California, record snowpack is fueling the biggest water season paddlers have seen in decades, and in some places the biggest ever on record. A PL rundown of where it’s all going to spike...

Open Sesame! WRC Secures Acess to Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers.

Last month prized access to one of the most beautiful river floats in Oregon was secured by Western Rivers Conservancy with the purchase of the famed Minam Store property...

Hitchcock Creek: Birth of a Blue Trail by Jeffrey Cheatham

Recently we've gone a little heavy on the West Coast articles here at PL. We thought it was time to check in with East Coast correspondent Jeffrey Cheatham, who filed this report from Rockingham, N.C....

Paddling in London: Sprint National Team Trials Help USACK Team Take Shape for 2012 Games.

This past weekend marked a major milestone for Olympic hopefuls on the USA Canoe/Kayak teams. Over one hundred of the best U.S. sprint athletes took to the water on Friday and Saturday for the USA 2011 Sprint National Team Trials at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif...

1st Annual Northwest Paddling Festival- June 25&26 Jack Block Park, West Seattle

There are few places more ideal than the Pacific Northwest in Summertime. The parkas are put away in favor of wet suits. The natives stop avoiding the water and start attacking it. Now, thanks to some of the guys at Mountain to Sound Outfitters and Sea Kayaker magazine (among others), there is a place to purge all that cold weather angst...

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

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