Paddling Life Exclusives

SUPpers Can Join Suffering for Yukon River Quest

Misery loves company...especially if they’re paddleboarders. No longer are SUPpers immune from the sufferfest that is annual Yukon River Quest, the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak marathon at 444 miles. In November, the organizing board voted to allow SUPpers in the 2016 18th annual race, to be held June 29 to July 3, 2016, as an experimental class. Read more.

African Canoeist, Stookesbery, Hoffmeister Top Nat’l Geo’s Adventurers of Year List

Once again, paddlers have made an impressive showing on National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year list, with no less than three separate parties and individuals getting the honor for everything from paddling around South America (Freya Hoffmeister) to a wacko whitewater first descent in Papua New Guinea (Ben Stookesberry and company)… Read more.

On a Roll: Dane Jackson Ties Eric Dequil 3 Seconds Off Green Race Course Record. Bonus: A Quick Q&A with the Champ!

Talk about on a roll. Fresh from winning the Kayak Freestyle World Championships on the Ottawa and the Lord of the Fork race on the Russell Fork for the second time in a row, Dane Jackson tied for first place with Eric Deguil on the Green Race just three seconds off the course record... Read more.

Industry Mourns Loss of Innova Kayaks Founder Tim Rosenhan; IK pioneer leaves long-lasting legacy

The close-knit paddlesports community lost one of its most passionate members when Innova founder Tim Rosenhan unexpectedly passed away Oct. 24 at age 68 in Twisp, Washington. “Tim was truly passionate about getting people on the water at an affordable price by importing a quality European-made inflatable,” says Larry Laba, owner of SOAR Inflatables... Read more.

Video of the Day

Rescue @ Green River Race- Luc Strickland is the live baiter. Swimmer- Nick Fiedler. From Micah Cox: "Nick has a compression fracture of L1, L2, and his tailbone. He's in high spirits and wants his redemption. He'll be back in a boat in about 8 weeks."If you know him, and even if you don't, applaud this man because he paddled out afterward.Longer video with more racers:

Posted by Gwendolyn Sarah Arvidson on Saturday, November 7, 2015

Thank god for gymnastics as a kid: Luc Strickland and his “kayak vault” live-bait rescue at this year’s Green Race.

Money Shot

Dane Jackson en route to the gold medal at this year's World Freestyle kayak Championships on the Ottawa. Photo courtesy Andrew Holcombe/Jackson Kayaks

Paddling Life Exclusives

Backers Have Until Nov 19 to Support Kickstarter Campaign for Documentary to Save Bhutan’s Drangme River (Named one of Int’l Raft Fed.’s Top 10 Untouched Wild Rivers)

Want to play Hollywood movie mogul and help save a river at the same time? Filmmaker Greg Hamilton, a former producer for Warren Miller Entertainment, has two weeks left in a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his new documentary film, Power of the River about a whitewater- and fly-fishing-filled trip down Bhutan’s remote Drangme river… Read more.

KEEN Wraps Up Road Trip to Protect Public Land

Let’s just say that’s a lot of river sandal tread to protect our nation’s waterways and other public lands. Putting its money where its mouth is, footwear maker KEEN recently wrapped up its Live Monumental Road Trip, traveling 7,500 miles and gathering more than 30,000 signatures to advocate for the protection of 3 million acres of public land… Read more.

And There Was One Race to Rule Them All: Dane Jackson Wins Lord of the Fork Race

A record turnout of 96 racers hit Virginia’s Russell Fork for the Lord of the Fork race, with uber-stud Dane Jackson winning for the second straight year... Read more.

Watershoes Getting a Leg Up

Pardon the puns, but watershoe manufacturers – who used to simply target male rafters and kayakers – are getting a leg up, hands down, on other paddlesport accessory categories by going after the burgeoning women’s, kids’, SUP markets and more to increase sales. A PL sampler of a few you’ll see in store aisles this season… Read more.

The Green River Race: Things You Don't Know

When this year’s 20th anniversary of the coveted Green Race near Asheville, N.C., kicks off Nov. 7, it’ll draw some of the world’s best kayakers to one of the country’s best Class V runs for little more than bragging rights and a piece of glass. Here are a few things you might not know about it… Read more.

New River Rescue Guide Out By NOLS

Make room in your ammo can or drybag…there’s a new river rescue guide out to add to your library by Swiftwater Rescue Level 5 and Rescue 3 International Water Rescue Instructor Trainer Educator Nate Ostis: The NOLS River Rescue Guide… Read more.

Dolores Wins Flows

You’re chances of actually being able to paddle Southwestern Colorado’s Dolores River just got better … even without the onslaught of El Nino. The Colorado Water Conservation Board recently voted to seek an in-stream flow water right on the stretch... Read more.

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