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Epic Departure: Oscar Chalupsky leaves kayak maker
Twelve-time Molokai World Champion Oscar Chalupsky is moving on from Epic Kayaks to surf different waters... Read more.

2014 World Paddle Awards Announced in Augsburg; EJ Wins Lifetime Achievement
Paddlers are more used to rapids with names like Black Rocks than they are black ties. But not at the 2014 World Paddle Awards, which just wrapped up in Augsburg, Germany, crowning seven paddlers at the top of their respective categories... Read more.

CANOE & KAYAK Announces $10,000 Adventure Contest
Want to take your dream paddling trip? Now's your chance. Canoe & Kayak magazine announced its new Dream Your Adventure Contest, presented by Nexen Tire, to encourage everyday people to embark on a life-changing paddling adventure. Offering $10,000 to fund a paddling expedition, it's the world’s largest contest of its kind open exclusively to paddlers... Read more.

Down River Equipment Hosts 2nd Annual Rendezvous on Colo.'s Arkansas River May 15-17
Want to get together with fellow paddlers in Colorado? Head to Down River Equipment’s second annual Customer Appreciation weekend and 30th Anniversary event May 15-17 on the Arkansas River... Read more.

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New Film Aims to Protect Costa Rica's Pacuare River
Those lucky enough to have paddled Costa Rica’s Pacuare River can relate to a new film, "Troubled Waters," dedicated to preserving it. Read more.

They're Baaack! Esquif Canoes to Resume Production
Frampton, Quebec’s Esquif Canoe Company might do well to borrow Mark Twain’s line, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” After announcing in March of this year that the company was ceasing production, company founder Jacques Chassé about-faced with an early May announcement that the factory will resume production…. Read more.

What’s Next: Africa? Freya Hoffmeister completes 15,000-mile, solo circumnavigation of South America
Don’t ask her to arm wrestle. Paddling an 18-foot expedition kayak by Sweden’s Point 65, Germany’s Freya Hoffmeister made history by completing the first–ever solo circumnavigation of South America, taking her final strokes into Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday, May 1, finishing right where she started nearly four years ago. Read more.

Hail AW! Yosemite's Merced Officially Opens to Paddlers
Paddlers officially have a new run to notch off their hit list in California, and it's one of the most beautiful river stretches in the country. In mid-April, the Merced River in Yosemite National Park was officially reopened to paddlers... Read more.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Announces Freshet Fest on May 9, 2015
Want to get together with other canoeists and sea kayakers? On May 9, 2015, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is hosting its first ever Freshet Fest including paddling activities on the LaPlatte River in Shelburne, Vt. followed by an evening of meeting NFCT Through Paddlers—people who have paddled the entire 740-mile route in one trip—at Splash at the Boathouse in Burlington, Vt. Read more.

Putting Its Money Where Our Sport's River Mouths Are: Confluence Announces Sponsorship Iniatives for 2015
Putting its money where the sport's river mouths are, Confluence Outdoor recently rolled out its sponsorship programs for 2015, supporting the paddling community while protecting its waterways... Read more.

US Slalom Team Trials Wrap-up at US Nat'l WW Center
Forget the flowers poking their heads out of the ground. For paddlers looking to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Rio in 2016, spring means slalom season, with the US National Whitewater Center recently hosting the 2015 US Slalom Team Trails for the ability to compete at the 2015 Pan American Olympic Qualification race and World Championships this year in London. Read more.

Putting Its Money Where Its Feet Are: Chaco Steps Up Its River Conservation Game
Chalk one up for Chaco Sandals for protecting rivers. Already committed to a strong preservation presence, the footwear company recently partnered with a variety of conservation organizations, outfitters, and brands to celebrate rivers in April.... Read more.

Raft Biz Dries Up on Cali's Kern
A record drought in California is causing SoCal outfitters to shutter their doors for the season. How bad is it? The heralded Kern River Festival also cancelled for first time in 50 years... Read more.

Grand Canyon Tops American Rivers' 2015 Most Endangered Rivers List
While novices might feel endangered running its marquee rapids, the Grand Canyon itself tops American Rivers' Most Endangered Rivers List for 2015. An iconic stretch of river and an irreplaceable national treasure, the Grand Canyon, says AR, "faces a battery of threats that could forever harm its health and unique experience that belongs to every American...." Read more.

Origami, Anyone? Oru Back with New Kayak
Oru, the original origami-themed kayak in a briefcase – scratch that, the kayak that is a briefcase – is back, this time better than ever with the new Oru Bay+, the brand’s latest and greatest… Read more.

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