Whitewater Kayaking

Extreme Slalom in the Olympics?

The International Canoe Federation is one step closer to adding extreme canoe slalom to the Olympic program. The ICF Board voted to include men’s and...

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...

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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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Dane Jackson Nabs Top Honors in Pro Debut at Paddling Life Invitational

The weather might have been a bit on the chilly side, but that didn’t stop some of the world’s best kayakers from putting on a sizzling show at the sixth annual Paddling Life Invitational on Monday, May 30, in Steamboat Springs, Colo. And in an event sponsored by Chaco Sandals, Rhino Racks, Rocky Mountain Remedies and Steamboat in the Summertime, it was 17-year-old Dane Jackson, in his first pro-category debut, out-dueling Nick Troutman to take top honors in the combo creek/freestyle extravaganza, with Australia’s Tanya Faux besting Emily Jackson to nab the top spot for the women...

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A trio of paddlers is banding together to raise money for global peace through competitive endurance paddling. PL checks in with founder Dwanye VanHoose...