Whitewater Rafting

AW Protects Lower Big Sandy with Land Purchase!

Let's give a big round of applause for American Whitewater and the Lower Big Sandy. On January 26, American Whitewater made a historic purchase...

Former Guide/Instructor/Ranger Launches Paddling Safety Series Zoom Seminars

From a forum for Corran Addison to tout his new river rating scale to rescue experts outlining current safety protocols, there's a new zoom...

CKS Top-selling Accessories for 2023

Want to know what the hottest-selling accessories were at online paddling powerhouse CKS Online this past year? Read on for a snapshot of what...

Permit Props: EXPLORE Act Moves to House Floor

River permits for both commercial outfitters and private paddlers just got a shot in the arm as the House Committee on Natural Resources voted...

2024 R4 World Rafting Championship Coming to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Get your Bosnia cowbells out. The International Rafting Federation has announced that its 2024 R4 World Rating Championships will be held on the raging...

Reviewing BOTE’s Aero Lounge Collection: Unleash Comfort and Versatility

When embarking on multi-day river trips or simply seeking moments of leisure and relaxation, there's an unspoken competition to outdo one another with the...

Staying in the Family: SOTAR Founder Sells Company to Son/Daughter-in-law

Like a river staying in its banks, raft manufacturer SOTAR is staying with the family. Founded and previously owned by Glenn Lewman Jr., the...

4 Corners Riversports Celebrates 40 Years

Blow out the birthday candles (while you're blowing up your raft). Four Corners Riversports in Durango, CO, hit a huge milestone—in both retail and...

America Outdoors Releases 2022 River Use Data:

America Outdoors Set to Release 2022 River Use Data  Report details data from 41 top whitewater river segments Knoxville, TN's America Outdoors, the nation's one-stop resource for...

Richard Bangs Releases New Book: “The Art of Living Dangerously” (with Special PL Q&A)

In 1973, Richard Bangs founded Sobek Expeditions, the original and now largest adventure travel company in the world, with over a million clients guided...

Oklahoma Gets New $30M Whitewater Park

WOKA is transforming the town of Watts, Oklahoma. Following 2016’s opening of the $45 million Oklahoma Whitewater Center/Riversport Rapids in downtown Oklahoma City, the town...

Nepal Earthquake Postpones Great Karnali Quest 2023.

The recent devastating earthquake in Nepal that occurred November 3 has unfortunately forced the postponement of the this year's 248-km Great Karnali Quest 2023,...

One Down, Three to Go: First Dam Down on Cali’s Klamath (A Report from American Whitewater)

An Important Milestone on the Klamath – Removal of the Copco 2 Dam Complete! By: Thomas O'Keefe Crews spent October putting the final touches on the...

Low-head Dam Removed on Colo.’s Arkansas, Improving Beginner Stretch

The Salida Town Run of the Arkansas from Stone Bridge to the whitewater park downtown just got a whole lot safer. The Colorado Sun...

PL Founder Touts Benefits of Getting Kids Outside in Men’s Journal Story

Paddling Life founder Eugene Buchanan is no stranger to getting outside, and dragging his kids along with him. In face, one of this books,...

Raft College?

College students rejoice! There's a new program that gives university students the foundation of knowledge and experience required to pursue river-related careers. The River Management Society...

Good Gauley: Gauley Fest Turns 40!

Good Gauley, Miss Molly! American Whitewater's Gauley Fest is Turning 40, Complete with an '80s-theme party! Get ready for some of the best whitewater in...

Ocoee Carnage Party Celebrates Boating Biffs

Like carnage? It doesn’t get any better than the annual Ocoee Carnage Party, an annual event where raft guides, boaters, and outdoors enthusiasts around...

The Longest Raft Race in the World? Sounds Karnali…

An outfit in Nepal is out to help save the Karnali River while racing on it for five days, in what's being billed as...

Behind the Scenes with the… Gnarnivores!

Admit it: We all like watching carnage. And no one does a better job of capturing it from the paddlesports sector and passing it...

Alabama’s Montgomery Whitewater Park Grand Opening July 1-2

Get ready for the country’s fourth recirculating whitewater park. Montgomery Whitewater, an outdoor recreation and entertainment facility situated on the banks of the Alabama...

Water Boot Roundup 2023

Let’s face it, having the right footwear no matter what kind of outdoor pursuit you’re doing can really make or break the experience. Paddling...

Accident Update: Whitewater Deaths Mounting During High 2023 Runoff Season; Pro Kayaker Will Hoxie Latest Tragedy

In a story we hate to report, whitewater deaths are mounting this year as winter record and near-record snowpack out West continues careening through...

GoPro Games Go Off in Vail, CO; Zophia, Dolle Top Dane/Emily Jackson in Freestyle

Despite the absence of the coveted Steep Creek Championships on nearby Class V Homestake Creek, this year’s GoPro Mountain Games went off without a...

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Mom: Mother Solo Rows 3,000 Miles Across Atlantic

Let's just say that's a heckuva lot of strokes, blisters and not having to think about packing kids' lunches...
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American Rivers Reports 80 US Dams Removed in 2023

Break out the cowbells. American Rivers recently reported that a total of 80 dams were removed from US rivers...

The Need for Speed: Catching Up With Shane Benedict on the All-new Liquidlogic Powerslide

This new Liquidlogic design the Powerslide is a play on the “I wanna' go fast” Ricky Bobby-style racing culture....

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Former Guide/Instructor/Ranger Launches Paddling Safety Series Zoom Seminars

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Talk about a journey from your doorstep. Starting just a mile from his front door, Jacob McCoola spent nearly 50 straight days last spring and summer rowing his raft from downtown Steamboat Springs, Colo., to Hite Marina on Lake Powell, a distance of nearly 600 miles. While “stroke, stroke, stroke” became a mantra, he didn’t have to listen to it echo off the canyon walls solo; different friends joined him along the way.