Whitewater Kayaking

What to Watch: 2022 USA Freestyle National Team Trials : Updated with video

Updated 4/13/2022: If you missed the 2022 USA Freestyle National Team Trials check out this highlight video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEKaMY0Vdg8     This weekend you can watch the best of...

NRS Welcomes Emily Jackson, Darby McAdams and Rush Sturges to Athlete Team

Northwest River Supplies (NRS) is welcoming three new athletes to a growing team of ambassadors that prioritize paddling and whitewater as well as community...

Small World Match: Outfitter Pledges to Match Donations to Ecuadorian Rivers Institute by 4/15

Outfitter Small World Adventures is putting its money where its river mouth is. The company announced that for all donations to the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute made by...

ICF Slalom Racer Details Escape from Ukraine

On February 24, Ukrainian slalom kayaker Viktoriia Dobrotvorska was woken by the sound of her phone going crazy, as news broke that her country was under...

Singleton to Retire as AW Head

For as long as most of us at Paddling Life can remember, Mark Singleton has been the life force behind conservation and river access...

Ecuador’s Quijos River Claims Two Lives This Winter, Saddening Boating Community

Ecuador’s Quijos River claimed the lives this winter of two kayakers, saddening the boating community, friends and family members. While unrelated, the two deaths...

Getting Barreled in a River Wave? Dane Jackson Weighs In

This fall, Dane Jackson got something even Kelly Slater cherishes: barreled in a wave. Only Jackson, paddling Zimbabwe's Zambezi River, got his on a river...

6 Days/6 Rivers: A Costa Rican Kayaking Odyssey with Amazing Vacations

“Buenas Lineas,” says our guide Arnaldo Cespedes. “Good lines.” We just finished scouting a Class IV rapid called Robin Hood on Costa Rica’s Rio Naranjo...

It’s River Permit Time: 10 Tips from our Friends at CKS!

The Selway. Middle Fork. Yampa. Lodore. Deso/Gray. San Juan. Cataract. Salt. Grand. Those are just a few of the iconic western rivers up for...

Hellooh 2022: Slew of Acquisitions Lead to Changing Face of Paddlesports

In the past few years, there’s been a changing of the guard of sorts in the paddlesports sector, with new CEOs and companies behind...

American WW Year-end Wrap!

Let's put it this way: If the nonprofit was an MMA fighter, it'd be fighting up a class or two... As American Whitewater ED Mark...

Of Machetes and High Water: Stookesberry on His Leg Wound on Ecuador’s Rio Chalupas 

After a two-pronged attempt of first descent of Ecuador’s notoriously steep Rio Chalupas this fall — which is being kept under wraps until the...

Kayak Community Mourns Death of Adam Mayo on Mexico’s Rio Jalacingo (and Injuries to Nathan Werner)

Friends and family, as well as the Colorado and Oregon kayaking communities, are mourning the death of kayaker Adam Mayo, 43, who passed away...

Into the Land of Icelandic Waterfalls: Check the New RedBull Film “Jötunn”

We dare you to try and keep their names apart, but kayakers Aniol Serrasolses and Mikel Sarasola, along with photographers Aleix Salvat and David Nogales, ventured...

Breaking Down The Code: Inside Dagger’s New Creeker

Call it Mission Possible. Or the Mamba Phantom, which has the same initials. Credit Snowy Robertson and his design team at Dagger for breaking the...

Do They Really Make Kayaking Gear This Small? Watch This Vid

Apparently so. Northwest kayaker Paul Kuthe is raising his son Canyon, 7, and his friend’s daughter, Anne, 7, to becoming true kayaking kids, earning the...

Testing the Level 6 Australis

Want a sweet-looking and performing shortie for warm water/weather paddling? Look no further than the Australis from Level 6,  a short-sleeve semi-dry top constructed...

Oly Champs Descend On World Champs

Call it medal mania. All four Tokyo champions will look to create history this weekend when they attempt to become the first athletes to...

Dane Wins Green Race at 4:12, Sub-4 Still Holy Grail (And Watch His Winning Run!) Plus: Race Time Contest Winner!)

After all the hoopla about trying to best the coveted 4.0 time mark in the annual Green Race, Dane Jackson won the marquee extreme...

Inside Level6’s Duke Drytop (with Video Walkthrough!)

Our friends up in the great white north have been working on a three-season drytop the past few years and the updated 2021 Duke...

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 very much the world’s best,...

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

Giving the newly re-designed Cunovo Water Sports Center in Bratislava, Slovakia, its first world-class test, some of the world’s best slalom and extreme kayakers...

The Quest for 4.0: Dane Jackson on Breaking the 4-minute Mark on the Green

Forget Chasing Mavericks. Like runners’ quest for the 4-minute mile, Red Bull athlete and Jackson Kayak’s Dane Jackson is training his tail off for...

Back For More: Check out NRS Flowstate!

Getting the flow state. That's the mantra being preached by NRS, which is halfway through the second season of its popular Flowstate video series, put...

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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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Guitar Paddle the S. Fork Payette, Anyone?

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